Which Fenders are still made in Japan?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Needenaneden, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. Needenaneden


    Feb 22, 2011
    I've had a chance to made a Geddy Lee that was made in Japan and a Steve Harris made in Japan. Both of which seemed to be of better quality than the MIA and MIM Fender basses I've played. I realize the Geddy is now made in Mexico. Is the Steve Harris still made in Japan? What other basses does Fender make in Japan?
  2. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
  3. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  4. Tooned


    Sep 14, 2006
    Vancouver BC
    The Steve Harris Precision is still made in Japan. Check the picture here of the neck plate and you can see "Made in Japan" at the heel of the neck there.
    The Classic Series Mustang is still made in Japan too. You can see "Made in Japan" here.
    The Aerodyne Jazz. You can see "Made in Japan" here too. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/JBassAero
    Also the Sting P-Bass is and maybe the Deluxe Series Jaguar is still made there too.
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  6. BrentSimons

    BrentSimons Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Vergennes,VT USA
    Last week I was in a store in NY and saw one of the 70's Jazz basses with a big sign "now made in japan" for what it's worth. I believe the Sting signature p-bass is still made in Japan.
  7. Tbone76


    Aug 24, 2013
    Upstate, NY

    I have a MIJ 70's jazz bass, but I don't know the year. I bought it new early this year, but it was probably manufactured in 2013.
  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  9. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Fender Japan doesn't stop making them...it's Fender US that stops importing them over.
    You can find anything you want if you buy it from one of the Japan shops.
  10. Goldmember

    Goldmember Johan van der Smut Supporting Member

    I was considering purchasing the Sting P-Bass as a special order through Sweetwater, but my rep told me that Fender USA informed him that they were discontinuing the model. I'm not sure if that means the Stinglay is discontinued in the US only, or worldwide.
  11. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    I just bought a Fender Japan Special Edition 66' Reissue Jazz Bass and am totally impressed with the bud quality, tone, etc....

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