Unsure whether I should do this...
I'm facing a slight dilemma at the moment.
I have a (piece-of-crap) MIM Jazz from 2001 atm, and when I say piece of crap I mean, the body's a bit scuffed (not road-worn but just a few bumps and scratches), and it has a dead spot on the fretboard between 14 and 17 on the D string only, and sometimes makes a really loud nasty farty sound, and the strings buzz like crap when I play it even a bit too hard (not just buzz though, they sound like they're in bad need of either the bathroom or a compressor). It's not AWFUL but It does need some paid improvement.
I'm looking for a more trebly sound with tons of growl, and I'm wondering if I should spend a few bucks to get this fixed up or exchange it for a Squier VM 70's Natural Jazz Bass.
So yeah, what should I do?
The deal might not go through at all, but I want to see your guys' opinions.
If you get the Squier, you'll probably have to get it set up anyways. That being said, they're fantastic basses, especially for the money.
Have you taken your Mexi-Jazz in for a professional setup? More to the point, I've learned from past experience to eliminate as many variables before getting rid of a bass. For example, I once stopped myself from selling off a Squier Standard Jazz by trying out a new set of strings. What I thought was a weakness on the part of the instrument turned out to be a poor choice of strings the first time around.
If you still like the feel of your MIM, have it checked out first and don't be shy about telling the technician what problems you're having with it.
Exactly the same here
Have it fixed up properly
Then, yeah: early '00 MIM basses are by no means "top notch"
Present MII Squiers are bang for bucks, but yet a hit or miss down to... neck quality
So go the first route (fix your MIM Jazz) and if it still sucks, consider all maple Squier '70s Jazz
Thanks for the answers guys.
I think I will go get it set up.
I have an 03 mim and its great.
What kind of strings are you using? I have a road worn jazz that sounded like crap too. Thanks to some advice here I replaced the half rounds I was using with some rounds and it sounds great now.
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