Originally Posted by Salamenster
I'm quite interested in the MIJ-story, actually. Now I have to know!
Thanks for asking. I posted some info on this last summer.
Upon starting out as an aspiring bassist and new TB member, I stumbled upon a clearance sale via the Hot Deals thread. This was at an authorized Fender dealer in another state. I ordered an MIJ Classic Series '70s Precision. They also had an "MIJ Fender Classic Series '70s Jazz Bass" at a great price so I ordered that too.
Both sunburst, both BnB necks, both MIJ, obviously now known as the Twins. I queried Fender Customer Service and here is what I found out:
"The serial number T002XXX corresponds to the specifications listed below, manufactured 04/2011.
Model Name: '70s Jazz Bass(r)
Model Number: 026-6410-(Color #)
Series: Classic Series
Body: Ash on 3-Color Sunburst, Alder on Black
Neck: Maple, '70s "C" Shape,
(Gloss Urethane Finish)
Fingerboard: Rosewood, 7.25" Radius (184 mm)
No. of Frets: 20 Vintage Style Frets
Scale Length: 34" (863.6 mm)
Width @ Nut: 1.50" (38 mm)
Machine Heads: Vintage '70s "Fender" Stamped Open-Gear Tuning Machines
Bridge: American Vintage '70s Precision(r)/Jazz(r) Bass with Single Groove Saddles
Pickguard: 3-Ply Black on (300) 3-Color Sunburst, 3-Ply White on (306) Black
Pickups: 2 Vintage Style Jazz Bass Single-Coil Pickups with AlNiCo Magnets
Pickup Switching: None
Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup),
Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup),
Colors: (300) 3-Color Sunburst,
Strings: Fender Super Bass 7250ML, NPS, p/n 073-7250-005,
Gauges: (.045, .065, .080, .100),
Unique Features: White Fingerboard Binding,
White Pearloid Block Inlay,
Synthetic Bone Nut,
"Bullet" Truss Rod Adjustment Nut,
4-Bolt "F" Neck Plate
Accessories: Deluxe Gig Bag
U.S. MSRP: $1,099.99
COMMENTS: Uses Case P/N 0056295000, 26 in each color sent as RFQs from Chuchin Japan.
WRENCH SIZES: 1/8" Truss Rod Adjustment Wrench, P/N 0023811000
Specs: Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice"
Notice that only 26 in each color were made. Rare as hens' teeth. And great basses.