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Advice needed - MIJ Jaguar Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pokerstar, Feb 25, 2014.


  1. Pokerstar

    Pokerstar Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2014
    Location:
    Minneapolis, Mn
    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.
     
  2. Bongolation

    Bongolation

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2001
    Location:
    California
    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.
     
  3. Aladinsane1969

    Aladinsane1969 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2011
    Location:
    Southern California
    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.com/Jaguar-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.
     
  4. Grissle

    Grissle

    Joined:
    May 17, 2009
    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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