For sale is my MIJ Fender Jazz bass, made in 1996 in mint condition with the original Fender “Chainsaw” case. This is a U serial number (noted on the headstock) and has the commemorative 50th Anniversary sticker on the back of the headstock. The finish is a gorgeous and very subtly metallic red.
This bass is by far the most “touch sensitive” jazz I have ever played let alone owned. This has ridiculous booty, high output and is a cinch and a joy to play. As noted above condition is pristine and this has been a treasure of my collection for some time, having never been gigged on my watch, only held in awe as one of my favorite little gems. A bit about what makes this bass so neat and unusual, ridiculous booty and touch sensitivity aside:
Being a 1996, this bass was made during what I would call an interesting and dare I say “transitional” time for Fender. For years the “budget” Fenders were made in Japan and for a little bit more money you would buy a USA made Fender. The main difference between the MIJ and MIA Fenders were in parts (i.e. hardware and accessories) most notably in their guitars. For instance, the Japanese Fender Strats had single ply pick guards, cheesy pots, and very basic bridges which, if looked at too aggressively would cause the whole guitar to go out of tune (this is from experience and trust me when I say just imagine what happened when using the whammy bar!) whereas their American made counterparts had locking tremolo systems, Spertzel tuners (on some models), etc.
Around 1996, things changed and Fender made the Mexican made instruments their stock “budget” line, with street price under $300. I know, Mexi Fenders were around before that, but this is when they really phased out the MIJ Fenders in the US market.
Anyway, this bass I am selling was made at that time and has some very interesting features that are almost a hybrid of the various periods and country of manufacture. For example, while at a quick glance this is a stock “’62 replica” (if you will), it features the numeric knobs which were the norm on the late 80’s and early 90’s USA and Mexi Fender basses, and it also has the truss rod adjustment access behind the nut (vs. at the heel as with most other MIJ jazz basses). The classical ‘62 pick guard is featured (note the centered screw near the neck PU and holes on either side of the neck PU) as is the classical copper grounding wire running from the bridge PU to the bridge, my personal favorite feature which screams old school cool.
The OHSC is in excellent condition though as pictured, one of the handle hinges has been lost so paperclips have been put in their place. Installation of a proper hinge is an easy show store or luggage store fix as this is commonplace. But in the meantime, the paperclips work fine and this bass can be ported in case with no problem.
I am sure the rest needs no explaining as this is an all-stock Fender Jazz bass and in perfect condition.
As for price, I am asking $SOLD CONUS with an additional $20 added for shipping to MST and PST time zones. Paypal is fine. I will consider international sales on a case by case basis so if you are outside the CONUS, please contact me first via PM so we can determine feasibility and agree upon additional costs for shipping, etc.
Otherwise, pics below and please feel free to ask questions. Lighting was funny and made the case lint appear larger than life.
Update: Additional pics posted 3/28/2013 to further highlight the stellar condition of the bass.
Pics taken 3/28/2013