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Fender experts.......is this body MIM or Squire (China)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by g4string, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

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    Bought this loaded body a few weeks ago. I think I got screwed into buying a Squire (Chinese) body when I thought I was getting a MIM body. Can anybody confirm the country of origin on this guy. Thanks!!

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  2. awilkie84

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    I just compared it with my Squier body & it looks Squier. That said, the definitives would be if you took the PG off, which doesn't appear to be stock.
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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    Like Awilkie84 said, take the guard off. A standard series (mexican) should have a CNC hole on the front. This appears to have a CNC hole behind the neckplate. I have not seen a standard with that but I don't usually take the neck plate off.
  4. awilkie84

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    Yeah, my Squiers have the CNC hole on the back, MIM has it on the front. Although, my 96 MIM doesn't have a CNC hole at all.
  5. tjh

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    Depends how you look at it ... Squier Affinity is probably going to be alder, and might even be lighter than an older MIM Standard ... I would be more concerned with pots and pups ... open up the cavity and take the p/g off as mentioned ... where did you get it, and what did you pay? ...

    I know it might not be a popular viewpoint, but with the abundance of uneducated sellers out there, especially on Ebay where probably a good 15-20% (if not more) of Fender/Squier bass listings will generally have SOME innacuracy, it pays to be an educated/informed buyer BEFORE the purchase ... even then there are plenty of perils from those lurking that are a bit less than honest ... JMHO's
  6. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    Yes I would like to know where you got it? I think someone not experienced with Fenders probably should stay clear about buying stuff on CL without getting opinions from others. If you buy a bass or part here someone will see the listing that knows whats correct and they will call it out. No one would get away with selling a squier body as MIM here.

    Just a FYI I would lean more towards squier then fender as Most MIM's have a routed circular whole the size of a nickel in the pocket.
  7. Wallace320

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    Usually MIM bodies sport a hole like that, or lesser, in the pocket or no hole at all

    Most are alder bodies (MIC Squier Affinity and MIM Fender Standard) but the veneer and color of naked wood in the pocket and out of heel corner, and the bridge shape (pickguard apart) are makin' me come to the conclusion of a Standard Squier: agathis body and allparts bridge

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  8. tjh

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    Wallace, the P bass that is offered in the Squier 'Standard' line is the Precision Special, with both P and J pups ... that is what led me to call this an Affinity (I am not good at discerning wood types at a distance) ... but I agree, I am also leaning this is a Squier body .. I sent a PM to the OP to help him identify more accurately also ... I have seen that shaped bridge on some of the Squiers I have had pass through here ...
  9. g4string

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    Thanks for the input guys. I'll take some naked pics of the body when I get home [later this evening].
  10. Wallace320

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    Not all Squier Standards were made in Indonesia, and not all Standard Precisions Squier were P special

    And those resolutions are not worth what I'd call discernin' wood types from a distance even if I sure can be mistaken.

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  11. tjh

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    .. since 2000-1, the Squier STANDARD Series has consisted of the P Bass Special (both left an right handed) and its variations (Black & Chrome, etc), the P Bass Special V, and the J Bass ... the only 'straight' P configuration Squier would have been available as an Affinity ... this would have continued up to the end of production for the Sq Standard Series, and the introduction of the VM and subsequent CV series ...

    .. none of this is directly helping the OP identify his piece though ... but he should have the info he needs to do that by component identification sent in PM ...

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