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Buying my first US made Fender?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by raferalston, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. raferalston

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    I'm no expert, but the F in Fender seems to be too close to the edge of the wood.
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    Personally I'd never buy a bass off craigslist, though I'm sure not every one is trying to scam you. No seller ratings and no recourse if you get jipped.
  3. cbrophy

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    Looks like a good bass....try it when you get there....make sure it feels good and is what you want. Price is about right....offer $500 and you'll probavly end up in the middle at $550.
  4. raferalston

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    Interesting call on the "F". Any Fender experts out there?
  5. chef wong

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    I think it's legit. Heck of a deal, too.
  6. LanOsb133

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    Good call. What about the 60's Thumb/Finger rest? Aren't those only available on the 62 vintages? (which retail for $1800) I would be VERY cautious about this one. Its either stolen, a fake or the guy doesn't know what he has. Send him an Email and ask for all the detail and serial number

    It doesn't look legit to me...

    Ontop of that, it has the holes for a pickup cover but no holes for a bridge cover... Looks like a body swap to me. Or someone trying to make it look like the 62 MIA. Because the Head stock Logo is wrong for that 62 (which it has the correct pickguard/body color combo) Looks like (to me) a MIM Body and neck trying to be a MIA... Idk just get all the facts and run a scan on the serial.
  7. raferalston

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    Wow. Ok.

    I'll ask for a serial number.

    Possible it's a '62?
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    I don't know that it means that bass isn't what the seller says it is - it's not far off, and may be a camera angle thing... Everything else looks as it should - here's a headstock pic of a mid-90s MIA Fender P Bass I had:

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    Given today's market, unless it absolutely floored me in person, I wouldn't pay more than $500-$550...


    - georgestrings
  9. LanOsb133

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    No way anyone would sell it that low and no holes in body for the bridge cover and wrong Fender Logo to be 62.
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    For $600 bucks you have a lot of options. I'd move on, if I were you. TB classifieds, in my opinion, is the best place to buy a bass. A community of like minded people with detailed ratings. It's hard to mess that up.
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    the tuning posts are also incorrect for it to be a 62 re issue..... I own one
  12. raferalston

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    I understand. I'm just now curious as to how good of a deal this might be.
  13. awilkie84

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    I want your market. Up here, you don't see American Standards for UNDER $900 used
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    u have to make ur own holes for the bridge cover. but this still looks suspect because of the logo and tuning posts
  15. Fresh Eddie

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    Play the thing... if you like it, make a reasonable offer.

    People always put covers on basses that didn't originally have them. I'm thinking they put the thumbrest on, and at one point either had a pickup cover on it, or they were anal-retentive and couldn't stand having the empty holes in the pickguard so filled them with screws.

    Real nice looking bass, though!
  16. raferalston

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    Now I'm confused as to what a run of the mill MIA P is worth.

    Some say no more than $500.

    Others $900.
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    Why would they not have all the hardware installed already? Thats odd...

    IN the USA it will be $500ish maybe a little more. In Euro(maybe canada) and other parts of the world a USA model (Even used) can be $900+
  18. Alex1984

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    Can you ask for pics of the machine heads? Am. Std. will have the smaller half-closed machine heads.
  19. raferalston

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    Ok. Well, if it's priced at market value I'm not going to risk it.

    Thanks for the info. For some reason I thought USA P's went for more.
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