Geddy Lee Jazz Bass Production

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  1. farewelltosings

    farewelltosings

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    Hey, can anybody tell me when the production of the Geddy Lee Bass was shifted from Japan to Mexico?

    Thanks :hyper:
     
  2. Bassbubble11

    Bassbubble11 Supporting Member

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    I can't tell you when but I can tell you the MIJ's are overrated. These are not the same Japanese basses of yester-year. I'm not sayin they suck. I'm just sayin they aint worth what they cahrge for 'em.

    I have not had my hands on a MIM version but i would imagine the same quality. If they are charging the same price i would hope the MIM's are better.
     
  3. farewelltosings

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    I agree. You can't really beat Japanese built products, in terms of anything.:bassist:
     
  4. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

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    So the GL aside, when does "yesteryear" end and the lower Japanese quality begin. The reason I ask is because I am very seriously considering a Japanese bass. Sorry to the OP for a side track. I hope it doesn't take away from your thread.
     
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  6. purfektstranger

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    Funny....I have owned mij basses from the 90's through to 2010. I have always found the quality to be very good...
     
  7. Bassbubble11

    Bassbubble11 Supporting Member

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    All im saying is that for the price i expected a lot more from a MIJ fender when it cost as much as a geddy lee does.
     
  8. Immigrant

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    Haven't they been going for $899 at most places? That's $300 or so less than a US model, and $100 less than when they were MIJ.

    Most of the MIJ and Fender Japan models rival or exceed MIA models IMO.

    And they moved production about a year and a half to two years ago. Maybe more. There were a bunch of threads here about it back then.

    Welcome to TB!
     
  9. 4001

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    My GL Jazz is "Crafted in Japan", it's an early one from 1998 and I couldn't be happier with it.
     
  10. hsech

    hsech I may be old, but that doesn't mean I can't play Gold Supporting Member

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    Me thinks not!
     
  11. REV

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    I have 2 Geddy Lee basses one is "Crafted in Japan" and the other is "Made in Japan" . Both are excellent instruments.
     
  12. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    I think it was around 2011, it was after the tsunami.

    Why? You really think there is a difference?
     
  13. Baird6869

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    Me knows not.
     
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Me Munjibunga. Me have MIJ Mustang. It have very nice quality.
     
  15. Immigrant

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    Hence the "IMO". Opinions aren't wrong, but can be disagreed with easily. I seem to remember a thread or two about a MIA teurd showing up and having to be returned. Teurds happen regardless of origin.

    And yes, I still think occasionally a CIJ/MIJ Fender can be just as good as a MIA. It's my opinion and I'll stick with it no matter how misinformed I am.
     
  16. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    That doesn't count. It is kinda a mini/girly bass.:p:D
     
  17. hsech

    hsech I may be old, but that doesn't mean I can't play Gold Supporting Member

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    My disagreement comes when painting country of manufacture with a broad brush.
     
  18. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Not misinformed and everyone has an opinion. There are turd MIA Fenders and other high end American basses.

    I would argue than most people that played 10 MIA and 10 CIJ Fenders would generally prefer the fit, finish, playability and tone of the MIAs.
     
  19. Immigrant

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    I'll give you that. ;)
     
  20. Immigrant

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    Not broad at all. It's my opinion that the GL I had was every bit as nice as the MIA P I have now. I'd still have it but I was very new to bass at the time and had to discover that the J neck isn't for me.
     

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