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Old 02-25-2014, 12:50 AM
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Advice needed - MIJ Jaguar Bass?

Hi folks,

I am looking at a used (Great Shape) MIJ Fender Jaguar Bass. It is Active / Passive, and I read about the need to work on the shielding to prevent hum in active mode.

Is there anything else I should look for / look at / inspect?

I am heading back to the store after work to play it, and if possible pop the controls to see if it has been changed / messed with.

Thanks! any and all advice is appreciated..... I will also need to figure a case or gig bag for it, too.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:04 AM
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Is there anything else I should look for / look at / inspect?
Do a search. I've written a ton about this bass and its unique problems, which are mostly electrical/electronic, based on a lot of bench time with the instrument.

Short answer, I do not recommend it.
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:41 PM
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Hi folks,

I am looking at a used (Great Shape) MIJ Fender Jaguar Bass. It is Active / Passive, and I read about the need to work on the shielding to prevent hum in active mode.

Is there anything else I should look for / look at / inspect?

I am heading back to the store after work to play it, and if possible pop the controls to see if it has been changed / messed with.

Thanks! any and all advice is appreciated..... I will also need to figure a case or gig bag for it, too.
If you really like the bass and can get it for a decent price, take a look at the mods JohnK did to his Jags:

http://johnkvintageguitars.homestead...guar-Bass.html

I got mine in mint condition for $400, so I didn't mind putting $200$300 into to it upgrade it. I replaced the preamp with the EMG BTS system (or rather had my luthier do it for me), and replaced the pots, knobs and jack as well. I was also gifted a set of Fender Custom Shop 60s Jazz pickups as well, which were a nice upgrade that, granted, I didn't have to pay for.

As far as a case is concerned, mine fits fine a Fender tweed case that used to hold my Jazz Bass.
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:48 PM
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Advice needed - MIJ Jaguar Bass?

If you don't mind or even like working on your own bass, they can very good to great axes. My '07 came with cheap ceramic pickups but I think newer models have Alnico pickups, so you may or may not need a pickup swap. Shield it well and you'll have a killer bass that's extremely versatile.
Here's a pic of mine, I've really modded it out and wow! Just love it.
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Mods:
Fender CS '60's pups
Hipshot UltraLite tuners
Aluminum nut
Leo Quan BAII bridge
Stacked Vol/Tone and Blend
Fender 5 bolt neck plate
Copper Foil shielding
I've also added spacers under the switches to lower them a bit

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