What are new, imperfect Fender bodies worth?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by XsSpeed, Mar 13, 2014.


  1. XsSpeed

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    I have the chance to buy a P body and a Jazz body that were considered sub-par by Fender but were made for Fender by an american supplier. I guess Fender subcontracts it's MIA bodies and some don't make the cut. These are raw never built up bodies only. What is a fair price? I guess they have Fender stampings too. thanks in advance
  2. Rich McCoy

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    Without a picture it is impossible to guess correctly.
  3. TJBass

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    firewood?

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  4. mrz2u

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    This is purely opinion but they are not worth much as a "Fender". Even if they have a fender stamp that means nothing really...bottom line is they are not a "Fender" and wont have any value as such.

    There are plenty of raw ash bodies for $70 or less...not made in USA but who cares, they are CAD cut no matter where they are made and the cuts are either right or not.

    Take these for example...http://www.guitarfetish.com/Bass-Bodies-and-Necks_c_293.html

    Hard to beat those prices and if you are not cutting it yourself and especially if you are painting and not leaving the grain visible then why spend more on a name that will ultimately mean nothing for real "value"?

    Just my opinion
  5. XsSpeed

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    Well here they are and the description is "one needs a little sanding and the other has a couple dings which can easily be sanded out." And if I get them cheap, can I build them up as 5 stringers? thanks

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  6. mrz2u

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    How "cheap" ?
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    I wouldn't pay more for a Fender body than any of the other builders who make bodies.
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    Is it my imagination or do those control cavities look really jacked? As in break out the bondo. I wouldn't pay anything for them.
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    they do look like American Specials. with the notches in the cavities for the grounding screw. However I am not aware that Fender is sub-contracting their MIA stuff...
    I would probably pay 80-120 dollars depending on the weight and how nice the various cutouts and routs are.

    You can build them as 5 stringers but you will have to route bigger neck pockets
  10. XsSpeed

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    This is a dude from a motorcycle forum I'm on who got them from the maker. He doesn't know anything about them and told me to make an offer. I'm inclined to not event offer....
  11. joeyl

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    You should offer 100 for the two and see what he says.
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    I heard years ago that the American Series of 2001-2007 had their bodies supplied by Samick. I guess as long as it's cut right it doesn't matter.
  13. T-Bird

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    Hi.

    That was what I was going to suggest as well, even before seeing the pics, and especially after:

    Could be my (intentional ;)) lack of knowledge about US Fenders, but aren't the neck pocket on both, and the PU routes on the P rather shallow?

    Regards
    Sam
  14. XsSpeed

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    Here's an update - I got the bodies for a trade for an old Harley Sportster Oil Tank I had laying around. Here they are. I threw the original p-style pu's from that Westone in there with a bridge I had laying around just to see how it looked. I really want to build the J up as a 5 and have it custom pained a metal-flake blue burst.
    <a href="http://s89.photobucket.com/user/xsspeed/media/IMG_0330_zpsc7b3e7e8.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k221/xsspeed/IMG_0330_zpsc7b3e7e8.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_0330_zpsc7b3e7e8.jpg"/></a>


    Here's where they came from

    <a href="http://s89.photobucket.com/user/xsspeed/media/fender_zps8ac27058.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k221/xsspeed/fender_zps8ac27058.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo fender_zps8ac27058.jpg"/></a>
    <a href="http://s89.photobucket.com/user/xsspeed/media/IMAG0522_zps0c68f544.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k221/xsspeed/IMAG0522_zps0c68f544.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMAG0522_zps0c68f544.jpg"/></a>
  15. AltGrendel

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    I'd measure up the neck pocket and see what that is compared to the measurements here.
  16. XsSpeed

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    that's pretty cool. thanks.
  17. joeyl

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    Good deal.

    That's a lot of body blanks, does he work in a Fender contractor warehouse or something? Wonder if he has something to sell on a regular basis...

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