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22 fret jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pepito, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. I ordered a pick guard for my Fender through the local dealer, but it didn't fit. We tried a 60s, 70s, and "standard" (mexi) guard. The neck pickup is much closer to the neck than any of those jazz basses. It's also got a 22 fret neck. The sales guy, who is also a bass player with a big collection of Fender Jazz Basses, says he doesn't know of any USA models with 22 frets. The label on the headstock says it's a 1992 USA Jazz. I bought it second hand, so it could be anything.
    Anybody got some insight on this odd bass?

    I can also advise that the headstock looks fairly standard, it's got the traditional chrome three-knob control plate, and the control cavities are all front routed.
  2. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Is it a MIA Deluxe Jazz? They have 22 frets.

  3. Does it currently have a pickguard?
  4. Scott Lynch

    Scott Lynch Supporting Member

  5. no
  6. Mmmm. Could be. I wish I could see the headstock label better in that picture.

    Do you know if they were made in the early 90s?
  7. MIA Deluxes were not around in the early 90s.

    Does the bass have any pickguard holes, as if there was one previously? Because if not, it's some model from the early 90s with EMG's and 22 frets. I can't remember the name of the model, but there's one like that at a music store around here. Is "Jazz Bass" on the headstock spelled differently?

    I think the body is the same as a standard Jazz, so I'm assuming that's what the 22 fret pickguard is for. The MIA Deluxes have a slightly smaller body.
  8. It had a pickguard when I bought it, but I took it off and lost it. You see, it's got aftermarket actives and you had to remove the pickguard to change the battery.

    It's spelled "JAZZ BASS"
  9. pickguards.com says their 22 fret jazz pickguard won't fit a deluxe.
  10. Hah my mistake, is the font different for "JAZZ BASS", like a futuristic type of thing? And the MIA Deluxe should be smaller than your bass, meaning the 22 fret pickguard won't fit on it, but it may fit yours. A pic of yours would really help! :D
  11. "JAZZ BASS" appears just like that, in all caps block type.

    I don't have a picture.
  12. This bass you are describing is a 1992 MIA Fender Jazz, Amercian Standard model number 019-2300.

  13. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    What you probably have there is a Jazz Plus. 22 frets, no pickguard, came with Lace Sensor pickups and a decent active preamp.

    I bought one a while back. Someone had installed an aftermarket PG which didn't really work; here's a photo of it with the guard off:

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    Look like that, maybe?
  14. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels

    May 11, 2003
    Greenville, SC
    Trena's correct. The American Standard Jazz basses were "modernized" from about '89 thru '93. They had smaller bodies, smaller pickguards, longer 22-fret necks and different platic knobs. Other than that they're just like a regular Jazz. In '94 the "un-modernized" it and went back to the traditional look. I own a '92 that's just as you're describing. It's not the one Jack has shown above. Not sure where you could get a replacement pickguard. I wouldn't be surprised if the mondern USA Deluxe pickguards fit your bass. you seen them on ebay frequently.