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Noob Question: Vintage or New?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Bass' started by Chaza, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Chaza


    Feb 23, 2014
    What is wrong with "state of the art" basses...Specifically a new Fender Jazz Bass versus a 70's or 60's version?

    And, is there really a difference in a Mexican, Japanese or American one?
  2. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can **** off
    Do search, tons of info on the subject....
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  4. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Short answer: new fenders are great, most feel they are better than ever, and more consistent. Still, play as many as you can.

    Country of origin makes a difference but there is lots of argument as to how much. As usual, there are are diminishing returns for the more expensive models. MIA are nice but quite expensive. And modern Squiers are actually pretty good.

    Buy used for best value.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2014
  5. huckleberry1


    Jul 1, 2013
    Mesquite, Texas
  6. JiJ


    Aug 19, 2014
    Loughborough, UK
    I found that really surprising... the first American one sounded the worst, the mexicans bridge pickup with the japanese neck pickup on the american maple/ash would be my favourite...
  7. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    my vintage basses are players basses, therefore they aren't collector items or in perfect condition, played mostly for their sound and smooth action, the issue is buying a new 1500 american fender is all well and good, however that doesn't mean it is going to sound 5x as good as a new 300 dollar bass or 2x as good as a new 750 dollar bass, try a lot of basses both new and used and be realistic about your expectations and if you could see yourself swapping out components or if you just want to get it and play it as is
  8. Kevin Colt

    Kevin Colt

    Feb 9, 2015
    It depends on how much you want to spend. If you are new to the field, buy a squire, it'll last a few years and plays almost as good as vintage. But a good vintage one will set you back quite a few frogskins. Unless you have unlimited funds or a high dollar gig all the time, then go for vintage. It will only increase in value over the years.

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