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1997? Deluxe Jazz made in USA or Mexico How Tell?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rat Blitz, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Rat Blitz

    Rat Blitz

    Jan 6, 2009
    This is purported to be 1997 Deluxe Jazz. It's got American serial number (N7 plus 6 digits) but there is something scraped off the headstock where it would say Made in Mexico.
    Is there anyway to verify this is American version and serial number hasn't been altered?

    Many thanks


  2. zachbass02

    zachbass02 One Hairy....squatch.

    Jan 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    It's Mexican. MIA would have truss rod adjustment at the body, string through body and no skunk stripe on the neck.
  3. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Pickups also appear to be the Suhr-designed single-poles from around ‘97 on the MIM Deluxe Active Jazzes. If I’m not mistaken, an MIA of this vintage would likely still have the OEM dual-pole pickups.
  4. MIMike


    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    I had a MIA delux active 5 and it had the single pole piece pickups in it, but those didn't last too long before they went back to the traditional design. I believe you are correct though zachbass02, the MIAs were string throughs and the MIMs were not.
  5. kellyrojo


    Feb 16, 2011
    South Carolina
    I always love when a bass is purported
  6. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    It's possible the neck is from a 97 as the tuners are period correct; so are the pickups. The body and bridge are NOT. In 97 the American Deluxe had a downsized body with string through ferrules and a bridge with "semi-threaded" saddles. Here's what they look like: http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/55U-4799.htm
  7. fabubass


    Jan 13, 2006
    That is a '97 Active Deluxe MIM. I have the exact bass, same color, 2 tone brown sunburst. The American, as stated, would have the downsized body, this one is full size.
  8. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    definitely Mexican. the US deluxs active basses had a 22 fret neck among the features mentioned by others
  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Would the finish on this have a veneered top & back too? Perhaps a bit too perfect matching?

    There was a discussion in another thread about how MIM's had this feature.
  10. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    The tuners are NOT correct for a 97 deluxe.

    There is nothing right about this bass. Looks to be a parts bass. Beware.
  11. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Here's my 1997 that I sold last year. The pick guard and bridge were not original, but everything else was at it came from the factory.

  12. For a Mexican bass, yes the tuners are correct. They're the same "Schaller Licensed" tuning machines used on all of Fender's lower priced offerings. G&L and MusicMan also uses them.