Fender MIA Neck question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hdracer, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I have been wanting a MIA Fender P bass for a long time. I don't want (can't afford) a new one and have been looking for a nice used one. Can someone tell me when Fender started using the graphite reinforced neck? I have been searching around and I can not find a answer to this. I am sure someone here knows. Thanks
  2. wizay


    Mar 5, 2008
    2007 i think (?) Remeber i saw it in the fender frontline magazine, and i thiiink that was from 07.
  3. sleepytime


    Nov 10, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    I believe they started graphite reinforcement with the American Series. '99? 2000? Not completely sure.
  4. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN
    Sometime in late '94 / early '95 I believe. It was the same time they went to the string thru bodies on the American Standards.
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  6. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    Ohio/West Virginia
    Endorsing Artist: Gravity Picks
    Wow, 3 totally different answers. :D
  7. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Is there some kind of markings or a easy way to tell? The only marking I have ever seen is a sticker on the pick guard or a tag on new ones
  8. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    I gotta go with sleepytime.
    IIRC, it was around 2000, when they went to "American Series".
  9. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    I'm going to email Fender and hopefully not wait 6 years for an answer
  10. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    It was with the '95's, in conjunction with their "Daddy's Home" advertising theme for that year.

    Edit: This info is taken from "The Fender Bass - An Illustrated History" book copyrighted in 2001.
  11. Osprey


    Jun 20, 2005
    I have a '99 MIA P with the graphite rods
  12. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    WOW! Thanks. I did not know it went that far back. I am looking at two used basses and the price is about the same but they are a few years apart in age. One is a 2001 and the other is a 2006. I like the 01 better (blonde 50th) but I wasn't sure about the neck. I wanted to use that as a bargaining tool to try and get the price down.
  13. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    Yeah the reason why some people are remembering 2000 is because in 2000 they changed the way it was inserted or something but the graphite was there from 95 and on.
  14. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    My '02 has the graphite rod, and it really does a great job keeping my neck straight. Solid as my Rics, which are the best necks ever, I think, so that's says alot about the Fender. The 50th anneversary model might hold its value better, too.
  15. That was a good question. So were the older necks(pre-graphite)like the MIM necks of today? Just wondering.
  16. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    ^I never played one, but I don't think that no graphite make them lesser quality. Pre CBS Fenders don't have graphite in their neck !
  17. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
  18. jellymax


    Nov 29, 2006
    yes, mid 90's mia models.
  19. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN
    I just spoke with an old student of mine, who picked up a MIA jazz bass right about when they stopped making the longhorn jazz...... Graphite rods, string through body. Beautiful bass as I recall, and he still has it.
  20. I don't know when they introduced it but what I would say is that my American Vintage '62 reissue doesn't have the support rods and is sturdy as anything!
  21. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    Mike it was the early 2000 that we started using the graphite rods.
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    Ed Treat
    Consumer Relations
    Fender Musical Instruments
    8860 E Chaparral Rd # 100
    Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    From: Mike [mailto:mike
    Posted At: Thursday, December 24, 2009 10:56 AM
    Posted To: Consumer Relations
    Conversation: Fender bass question
    Subject: Fender bass question
    Hello , I was wondering when Fender started using graphite rod reinforced neck on the American made bass guitars .
    Thank you,