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A genuine made in Japan Fender jazz or a japanese copy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vigilante, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. vigilante


    Aug 17, 2008
    Hello everyone,

    I have a question regarding one of my basses. I am currently trying to sell it and one of the potential buyers told me, that my bass is not an original MIJ Fender Jazz, but rather a japanese copy with a Fender Logo on the headstock. Any truth to his words? What do you think? Thanks.

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  2. Dominic DeCosa

    Dominic DeCosa Habitual Line-Stepper Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 9, 2008
    Vero Beach, Florida
    DiCosimo Audio
    Yeah... That's not a Fender. It's an okay looking copy.
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  3. creaturegods


    Sep 23, 2017
    That logo is not authentic. Also, Fender never used those neck plates. Still, take the neck off and check the neck pocket just in case. :D
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  4. Definitely a fake. The inlays, the logo, the neckplate are all wrong.
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  5. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Wouldn’t it have a skunk stripe? In any case, those block inlays are not by Fender.
  6. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    The body is also probably plywood. Definitely not Fender. Take off the controls and check out the body.


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    I agree with the buyer, sorry.
  8. Dub56

    Dub56 Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    Definitely not a MIJ Fender Jazz, lots of things are off.

    Does it have a wooden nut? It almost looks like it
  9. Axstar


    Jul 8, 2016
    East of Eden.
    That old Dimarzio pickup is worth something in its own right!

    Quite an unfortunate turn of events for this bass. It is an obvious fake Fender, but it was definitely made in Japan in the '70s by *somebody*. The biggest shame is that the true manufacturer has been lost due to an unscrupulous previous owner.

    In my opinion the outline of the headstock has been reshaped, the tuners have been replaced and the headstock has been resprayed. An oddity with the MIJ stuff is that the headstocks stayed goofy looking, and the tuners looked equally agricultural, long after they improved their pickups and general ability to clone Fender designs.


    OP's bass looks a bit like this Westminster:

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  10. rockdoc11


    Sep 2, 2000
    I think this is the first "J-P" pickup configuration I've ever seen (instead of the routine P-J).

    (And I agree that it's clearly not a Fender product.)
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
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  11. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    sorry, but to me it looks like a copy.
  12. vigilante


    Aug 17, 2008
    Thank you all for the information, you've been a great help!

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