Fender Japan Aerodyne Bass (I think)?

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  1. devinp17

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    Does anyone know anything about this bass? I think its an Aerodyne but I'm not sure as I haven't seen very many of them. And the ones that I have seen are all online. I think you can only buy it in Japan (or online of course). Here's a pic:

    http://basschat.co.uk/uploads/monthly_05_2011/post-235-1306753196.jpg

    They come in more colors too:

    http://image.rakuten.co.jp/westmusic/cabinet/basefolda6/img58002063.jpg?_ex=128x128

    I have seen other photos of this bass with a JJ configuration. Just like the normal Aerodynes come in PJ and JJ. But in these pics they're PJ. I don't see it anywhere on Fenders website.
  2. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist Supporting Member

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    Actually all the Aerodynes I've seen have been PJ, never seen a JJ. I have heard of not-for- export Japenese models before, but I'm not sure if they're the ones pictured. I think, given that they have a pickguard, they might not be Aerodynes, but that's just a guess.
  3. rdcowan

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    Yep, looks like a non-export Aerodyne. Never seen a JJ Aerodyne. They are either Jazz body or Precision body PJ configuration.
  4. Mark Nye

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  6. devinp17

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    I've seen Aerodynes with pickgaurds before:

    http://www.sheltonsguitars.com/images/2012/03-07-2012/fender-p-bass-aerodyne/big/bigDSCN9603.jpg

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3406/3318487661_34ffaa5ec7_m.jpg

    Especially the older ones. They came in different colours too.

    JJ Aerodyne:

    http://www.fenderjapan.co.jp/img/jazzbass/ajb-m/01_z.jpg

    http://i.ebayimg.com/t/NEW-Fender-Japan-Medium-Scale-Aerodyne-Jazz-Bass-AJB-M-Vintage-White-/00/s/OTYwWDEyODA=/z/G1cAAMXQTghRUcnB/$T2eC16FHJGIE9nnWprvuBRUcnBs7WQ~~60_35.JPG
  7. devinp17

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    Exactly what I was thinking about. Seems like they're pretty rare. 5 string Aerodynes too.
  8. Thornton Davis

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    I bought an Aerodyne AJB-V five string non export last week. It's currently in transit from Japan. It's full 34" scale and configured with two Jazz pickups.

    Here's a photo of it.

    [​IMG]

    TD
  9. bass geetarist

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    Very cool, was unaware of the different models available. I actually really dig the look of the binding with the pickguard and the chrome knobs.
  10. devinp17

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    What do you mean? Aerodyne has its own body... not a P or J. Only the pickups are the same as a PJ or JJ (cuz there is such thing as a JJ Aerodyne).
  11. negativefx

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    I own an all-black P+J Aerodyne made in Japan. I ditched my Stingray HH for it. I replaced the pickups with Dimarzios, a Sprague Orange Drop, and I put a new bone nut on it. I love it. The factory pickups were OK but needed shielding so I just replaced the pups rather than dicking with copper tape. The finish and setup from Japan was really good... my buddy in the Fender master built shop said he was really impressed with the quality of finish from the Japan factory.

    Black finish, fretboard, headstock, and cream binding. It has blacked out (nickel?) knobs, bridge, string tree, strap buttons, and tuning keys, no pickguard, and did not come with a gig bag or case.

    The body is not a P or J. It's a similar shape but very thin and tapered (see my avatar) giving it a very light weight. Sustain is OK. Not the best, but certainly not terrible. Balance is very nice. It could probably do with one of those A-string retainer clips but I can't find the damn things available for purchase anywhere.

    Can't recommend this bass enough.
  12. devinp17

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    Sick man. But "Mark Nye" said they were only 32" Scale...
  13. Mark Nye

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    I was referring to the 4-string, as pictured in the link I posted, "devinp17."

    Apparently, the 5 strings are so rare, I didn't even know they existed! ;)
  14. devinp17

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    Oh yeah! I just noticed that the pic that "Thornton Davis" posted was a 5 string.
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    I wonder if some of the Fender Japan models were readily available here, how popular would they become? I nearly snagged one of those a couple of years ago wheni had the cash.

    C'mon Fender! Bring some medium scale Jazzes and Ps over here!
  17. Thornton Davis

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    Here's another photo of my Aerodyne AJB-V for those of you who are unfamiliar with this non-export 5 string version.

    [​IMG]

    TD
  18. Mark Nye

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    I, for one, love 32" scale basses. I know I'm in the minority, but I find them to be the best of both worlds: the tubby lows of a short scale without all the floppiness that comes with a 30".

    I have contemplated an AJB-M for quite some time, but I really can't get past the J/J setup. Just not my thing. I'm a Precision guy to the core. I can deal with a P/J on occasion, so long as the P pickup solo-ed sounds like a Precision.

    If you're into medium scale, the mid-80s E-series Fender/Squier 32" Precisions can be had on eBay from time-to-time. Usually overpriced, IMO, but if you find one with a "flaw," the price drops drastically. (I got one for $300 that had been refinished, which I was gonna do anyway.)
  19. devinp17

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    Beautiful bass! Not too fond of 5 strings though... But that's just me. I like 4 stings.
  20. devinp17

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    I don't really like just JJ or P. I like PJ because JJ is too much jazz and P is too much Precision. I like the mix. Currently I have a Squier Precision Bass Special (late 90's). They're pretty rare but that doesn't really make them any more valuable as it's a Squier. Nice bass but hoping to sell it and buy a Fender Jazz Bass Special ('84-'87)... also rare. My bass:

    http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/fe/fender-squier-std-p-bass-special-s-b.jpg

    http://medias.audiofanzine.com/imag...ss-special-black-metallic-rosewood-235253.jpg

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