best Fender J Bass value
hey y'all, i love Fender J Basses and i want another. problem is i want too many , i want your opinions on which Fender J Bass is the best value for the money. i will try out the recommended basses, so i appreciate any answers...thanks!
The discontinued Highway One is an incredible value. USA built for those that still think that MIM's are devil's spawn. They disco'd them last year and at one point could be had new for 585.00.
The only rub with these basses is that a material number of people did not care for the tone circuit in them. That can be fixed quickly.
Read up first as the earlier Highway 1 did not generally garner high praise.
I love Japanese 75 reissues. Great values!
In my opinion, both the Geddy and the Marcus are excellent value for money basses. I don't know about the newer MIMs, but the CIJ & MIJ were (and are :D) great.
It comes down to your personal preference though. I like vintage-styled features (gloss finished necks, blocks & binding, 60s & 70s aesthetics) over the modern-ones (satin finished necks, modern aesthetics etc), but you are the one to buy the bass. ;) So, get out there and try as many basses as you can, untill you find the one that speaks to you in every aspect.
MIM FSR natural finish ash J bass from GC or MF. With the right coupon and the right person on the phone or at the counter, these beauties should be within reach in the $400 range new. Snagged one on Black Friday myself. Awesome!! Read the reviews on the relevant websites.
And of course, +1 on MIJ, though they cost a bit more.
Fender "Roadworn" Jazz, great bass for the money.
Ready to go, just plug in and play.
A Used Jazz bass is the best value for the money.
Many have already responded with some great ones.
Roadworn (you can get one for $500-$700 used)
Geddy Lee (regularly go for under $600 used)
MIJ's of any kind (they can range from $350-$800, depending on type)
Highway One's are also a great value ($500-$600 used)
Some of the oddball models from the early 90's from the USA
80's Squier Japan Jazz basses (harder to find)
Fender Jazz Deluxe 24 (if you're looking for something different, you can get one for $400 easy)
Fender Jaguars (the "first" edition, very versatile...I have owned many and still own one)
EDIT: Also, pre-Noiseless Deluxe Active Jazz basses are quite exceptional. They can be had rather easily for $300-$350.
I have owned all of these basses. I presently own two '75 Reissues (one from the 90's, one newer non-export). Used they are the best value, IMO.
Do you have a price range in mind? "Good value for the money" could describe anything from $100 to way more money that I've got. :)
Fender Jaguar MIJ By Far. It's basically a Fender Jazz on Steroids. Sub $500 on Ebay for them in excellent condition if you look hard enough.
Here's mine. It's my favorite bass of all time. :hyper:
On a pure quality-to-price ratio, I'd say the Squier Classic Vibe wins hands down.
agree with the statement above. if you can take advantage of the current deals on the AVRI 62 reissues (under 1100), that is the current best value. Nitro, USA made, known to hold its value, tolex HSC, stack knobs, light weight most likely. Enjoy!
Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass
Okay, I am biased, since it was my very first bass (plus I love the look and the P/J config), but I think the Fender Aerodyne Jazz is a helluva bang for the buck. $800 brand new, $700 with the cross-the-board Fender/Squier sale going down right now. Even less if you get a good, used one.
It's a solid, slick piece of work but at a reasonable cost, landing in the middle ground between the MIM's and the MIA's.
Here's mine, a 2007 Crafted In Japan model;
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