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60's spacing on MIM RI Classic 70's Jazz Bass? WHAT SPACING IS THIS?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Salamenster, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Heya, folks.

    I was looking at my bass today, when I noticed something. My PU-spacing! I looked at it closer and the more I looked at it, the more I found it to be quite near the neck, instead of the 70's PU-spacing to the bridge! I'll put an image in the attachments.

    I have always learned that 70's spacing is pole pieces in line with the tone knob. Like this (this is the exact same model btw):


    Anyone able to help me out here? Is my bass 'wrong'? Did they use a 60's body?
  2. Additional info:

    I'm sure the bass is not a fake. The brightness of the Sunburst is just messed up by the camera.

    Another reference pic:

  3. DanHibiki


    Apr 16, 2008
    Is it the MIM Classic Series or the MIJ 70RI? The old MIJ 70RI didn't have its pickups on the 70s position, though newer ones do...
  4. It's the MIM Classic Series. Made in 2011, bought Oct '12.
  5. A better picture to see the PU-spacing:
  6. ShoeManiac


    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey
    Could you post an image of the neck plate? That might give us a better indication of what's going on with your bass.
  7. Just sent an e-mail about it to Fender customer relations.
  8. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    is that an actual picture of the back of your bass in post #7?

    did you buy the bass new? from a dealer or online?

    can you post a picture of the back of your headstock, and if not actual pic of the back of your bass above, post one of it also please ...

    that is definitely 60's spacing in the pic you posted of the front of your body ...
  9. FunkRenegade


    Jul 7, 2012
    Definitely 60s spacing. 70's bridge pickup lines up with the tone knob.
  10. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    yeah, that's '60s spacing all right. (and a good thing, if you ask me!)
  11. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    The MIM 70's Jazz basses are made with 60's pickup spacing. They just have a blocked and bound neck. They're not made to true 70's specs.
  12. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
  13. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    a while back there was a bass floating around the classifieds that looked like the body had gotten switched out with a classic 60s body and multiple posters called the seller on it. maybe you ended up with it?
  14. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    My apologies. This is the bass I was thinking of:

    EDIT: Just discovered that the CIJ '75 reissue has 60's spacing, too.
  15. Best of both worlds-the '70s look and '60s tone (my preference IME)
  16. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    Funny you mention that I was about to say that body looks very 60's classic and not 70's classic. The sunbursting on the back gives it away.
  17. I bought it new out-of-the-box from an authorized Fender Dealer, so I'm sure it's a factory mistake. I've contacted Fender about it.
  18. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    Sorry to bump an old thread, but Salamenster, whatever became of this issue? What did Fender say about this?
  19. They've just ignored the (...) out of me. And to be honest, I have forgotten about it. The bass is now in Germany (the Western European Fender maintenance centre) for a new neck, because it was (...) up. All of a sudden the neck became almost elastic and had a backbow. The truss rod didn't do anything.

    Because of the spacing, I have decided to decline the offer of a new bass. Because of that they need to get a new neck from the factory @ Mexico, so I have to miss the J for another 3 weeks or so (that's 5 weeks in total).

    If all this is fixed, I'll contact Fender again about it. You'll most def hear from me if they respond.

    Anyway thanks for the interest!

    EDIT: I should subtle the ignoring-part. About 6 weeks after my e-mail they responded and said that had sent in trough to someone at the factory or something. But since then... Nothing.