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2001 Fender Jazz Bass Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Canovas_jorge, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. Good morning gentlemen,

    I have a question for you guys. There is a gentleman around these parts that is selling a sage green '01 Fender Jazz Bass (MIM). He wants $400 for it.

    I really do need another inexpensive bass for the Sunday church rounds; also something I can also modify as I go along. What are your thoughts? Is it too expensive? Anything I should look for in these '01 models?

    I thank any help or suggestions I can get from you folks.

  2. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    That would actually probably be an early 2002, with that serial # (MZ200), and Sage Metallic was not offered in '01, but was in '02 and '03 ... the year newer is a good thing, as that also means that you should have the 'upgrade' to conventional pup sizing (bridge longer than neck), which would make it easier for you down the road should you decide to modify from the stock ceramic pups ...

    $400 is a tad strong, but your photos are showing it includes the better of the two cases that were offered with the American Series basses, and that is probably $70-75 (+/-) ... also, the Sage Metallic is not a common color, so that helps, as does that it appears to be in excellent condition ... with all that said, best of all, you have the chance to have it 'in hand' since it is local and evaluate for yourself prior to purchase ... the ability to do that would help a LOT in deciding its value TO ME ...

    ... just to be cautious, measure the pups to make sure bridge is about 3/8" longer, as this bass is near the transition time, and Fender was known to have a few pieces on the shelf for a while ....

    ... also, I cant really make out the entire serial #, so if you want to PM it to me, I can check my files if I have anything on it ... the second pic you have posted, actually looks like the color is more Blue Agave, which was also available that year, but the first pic definitely looks like Sage Metallic ... nice color, I like it! .. and you don't see many of them ...

    .. only other thought is make sure the truss rod is not maxxed (and working) ... it was not uncommon for the thinner profile on these earlier MIM Standard J's to use up the adjustment space over the 10+ years ...
  3. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    tjh types the truth.

    While I’m a big fan of the MIMs — especially the now-discontinued Sage Green Metallic, Midnight Wine Metallic and Midnight Blue Metallic versions — the asking price might be a tad on the high side. But the excellent condition and inclusion of the Fender-branded HSC could easily justify that number for me. As noted, the MIMs make excellent platforms for mods, though it shouldn’t be presumed that mods will automatically be required.