Fender Medium Scale 1996 MIJ Jazz. Good or bad?
I have been looking for a medium scale lefty Fender Jazz bass for a long while now, so when this one showed up on Ebay I just bought it.
It has a couple of big dings but overall it seems to be in pretty good shape.
I am no Fender expert so I would like to ask you if Fender Japan had some bad years or I might expect a good bass.
Maybe I should have made some research prior to buying, but the bass had a lot of watchers, some offers and I did not want to let it go. You know...lefty, medium scale...that kind of bass does not show up very often, does it?
Any good/bad input about 1996 MIJ Fenders?
Cheers and thanks
CIJ, MIJ Fender's rock
The best bang for the buck for a bass with Fender on the headstock
I had a 96 mij precision 32" scale.A great bass.Well made with no issues.I sold it to buy warmoth short scale parts to assemble my own.
MIJ Fenders are excellent instruments.
You are correct that a medium scale lefty would be quite rare, so as long as you feel you paid a fair price, you probably got a good deal.
Was this one of the Aerodyne's with the JJ pickup configuration, rather than typical PJ?
I believe that they're pretty sought after instruments.
Thanks for the input
Sounds like a score. Make sure to post pics for those who may google this exact topic years from now. Talkbass is kinda like an encyclopedia that way, and doing google research on old basses is how I found TB in the first place.
Fender Japan has never had a bad year. I've never played a 32' scale Fender, but I bet it's like bass heaven. Every difference about the medium scale is an advantage in comparison to the full size, imo.
I'm looking for a MIM Urge Standard with the same neck size.
Man, I would like to have one of those!
I agree with Fender Japan...excellent.....my 3 main Strats are Fender Japan...the necks in particular are excellent.
Can't go wrong with Fender Japan. I saw that bass on eBay n it looks all cool n standard but I was skeptical about it being a 32" scale so just to make sure I'd measure it from nut to G string bridge saddle if I were you n see if it's roughly 32", or 813mm. Hope my skepticism is wrong n it's indeed a very rare find.
I would wholeheartedly agree with the posters here - the Fender Japan 32" medium scales are unbelievably amazing. I own a number of them and I am still in the market for more of them - I just can't get enough!
I have several dealers in Japan who are on the lookout for me and let me know if anything rare and unusual turns up. Based on the small number of medium scales made - I can't imagine that they made many lefties. That is quite a score!
By the way, many don't realize - when Fender Japan first started in on the medium scales in the eighties - Fender US would not let Fender Japan use the Fender name on them. They could only release them under the Squier name. Later on, the instruments proved to be of such quality, Fender US reconsidered - had a change of heart - and let them put the Fender name on them.
For that reason, do not ever hesitate to purchase a SQUIER Japan medium scale - they are virtually identical - with the only difference, and only in some cases - was the body wood.
Pluck away and congrats on a superior purchase.
I have an E-series med scale Squire by Fender (1987 date) and if anything happened to it I would be frantically looking for another asap. This instrument has changed my whole outlook on bass.
I will be selling a medium scale precision bass soon.
I was quite sure that the bass was rare, but now I am 100% sure that it is not only rare but very good. Thatīs why I did not hesitate to buy it.
I live in Madrid, Spain, so letīs hope the bass arrives fine.
Even if I had to pay taxes (I surelly will) the deal would still be good, and I think the seller (top rated) is reliable enough.
Letīs hope it is really a 32";)
Med scale Fender
Let me know when you do
It has happened!
After more than a month retained in Customs, the postal service finally delivered the bass yesterday.
The first thing I did was to open the box, bag and measure the scale...
itīs a 34" bass.:crying::crying:
I contacted the seller inmediately and, for the moment, he is being very polite and wants to solve the problem, but it is going to be very hard because we are oceans apart.
Anyways, I have made very clear that it was a very, very big mistake and all his fault.
The listing said clearly 4 or 5 times that it was a medium scale bass.
Just wanted to let you know.
Does anybody know if, in this particular case, the return shipping would me on me or on him?
By the way, I HATE being a lefty bassist!
Hey OP. I just found this on ebay. I'm not affiliated with the seller, but I own 2 of these Fernandes basses and they are top-notch.
Thanks very much agent77.
I will take a careful look at those as soon as I get my money back.
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