American Jazz Vs. Mexi Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by THE DANiMAL, Dec 4, 2007.



    Nov 22, 2007
    Bartlett, IL
    Hey guys, I'm looking at Fender Jazz basses right now, I've always wanted one, and I'm not sure If I should just get a mexi or pays twice as much for the American. This bass won't be my main as I already have an Ibanez SR905, and I'm not too big on fenders. I do love the tone of the J's, however. So basically, I guess I'm just wondering if it's worth it to pay the extra money for the American, or do I just grab the mexi and be done with it?
  2. try both, then decide
  3. I've wondered about this too.

    Go to a store that carries both. Ask to be blindfolded and have the sales guy bring you each bass one at a time. Let us know if you can tell a difference.
  4. herndonbassist

    herndonbassist Low Down Thumper Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Herndon, VA - NoVa
    As long as you're considering those 2, definitely check out the Highway 1. I personally prefer the current Highway 1 to the American Standard, primarily due to the finish and the simplicity. Just my thoughts...


    Nov 22, 2007
    Bartlett, IL
    I've actually played both, I work at Sam Ash and when I have down time I'm trying new basses out seeing if there's anything I like. I'm a whore when it comes to buying basses. Anyways, I've tried them both and I really can't tell the difference in tone.
  6. Double Agent

    Double Agent

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    IMO...If you can't tell a difference in sonud or playability, why should you pay the difference? Sounds like an easy decision to me.
  7. lovemybasses

    lovemybasses Guest

    Mar 4, 2007
    wait, you said you re not too big on fenders? why buying fender then? i think you answered your question for that matter and go for mex. find a '60 reissue tho and you'll get a serious bang for your money!
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    If you're not too big on Fenders and (my prediction) don't hear any difference, go for the MIM. I have a 2000 and it's a fine bass.
  9. T-MOST


    Dec 10, 2004
    NJ via NYC
    If it's not going to be your main bass and you are not crazy about the tone then why buy it? Not to mention pay more for it? :confused:


    Nov 22, 2007
    Bartlett, IL
    ok, i think some of you guys misread my initial post. I DO love the sound of fender j-basses. For passive basses, to me, nothing beats it. I just prefer the sounds of an active bass and I'm more comfortable with five strings. To me these are two areas fender really hasnt done wnything to amazing with. Anyways, you guys have helped out a lot, and I think I'm just gonna get the mexi. I was just wondering if the quality and construction is worth paying more for. I have heard and seen a few horror stories of mexi's neck twisting and warping in really bad ways, and I wasn't sure if it was negligence or a real issue with mexis.
  11. lovemybasses

    lovemybasses Guest

    Mar 4, 2007
    it was negligence of some people,dont worry.
  12. Double Agent

    Double Agent

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    A neck can twist on any bass. Since more Fenders are out there than anything else, there are more accounts of Fenders with neck twist than other models. I'm not saying its completely unrelated to QC, but I think it has more to do with the fact that they have so many more basses out there. A neck can twist just as quickly on a $1,500 Fender as a $500 Fender. I think you are making the right decision for yourself.
  13. thesteve


    May 28, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    I have both a MIM Jazz (1996) and a MIA Jazz V (2001).

    Maybe it's because of the extra weight of the V, but the MIA definitely feels more solid to me...

    The only complaint I ever had with the MIM was the pickups. I've been very happy with the stock passives in my MIA Jazz V, but the stock pickups in my MIM eventually started to fatigue my ear. Once I replaced them with EMGs, I was much much happier with my MIM.
  14. Jonyak


    Oct 2, 2007
    Ottawa, Ont
    The neck on my mexi jazz bass twisted and bent.. it was horrible and I will never buy another mexican bass again. BEcause there was no warranty to fix it even though it was only 2 years old when it happened. Fender pretty much told me and the tech I had work on it we were out of luck.

    Come to think of it I will never buy a fender bass after that one.

    I did turn it into a sweet fretless bass though with a new neck, bridge, tuners, pickups and a preamp and electronics.
  15. Gasman

    Gasman Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    Get the MIA. I have also had a mexi jazz bass that had it's neck warp. I thought it was just a fluke until I read that it is a common problem. Spend the extra $, get a bass that will last more than 2-3 years.
  16. Racermech


    Apr 10, 2007
    Or, you could always look at a used MIJ/CIJ.

    I have a really nice MIJ from the late 90's that plays great and has awesome quality. Plus, the price sits right in between your two choices.
  17. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Have a spin on the new Fender Squire Deluxe Active 5-string bass. There is a great thread on them at the moment. I actually got to try one out at GC a couple of weeks ago.
    $250.00 dollars, 19mm string spacing & extremely nice tone. Although it won't be replacing my MIA Jazz Deluxe 5 anytime soon, it did have me saying "damn"! I see what the great reviews are about. I'll probably pick one of these up in the future.


    Nov 22, 2007
    Bartlett, IL
    alright, well, I did it. I picked up a Blue Mexi. the best part is, I only paid $125. It's seven years old, I just finished the setup on it and it sounds and plays awesome. I'm totally happy, thanks for everything guys!
  19. DudeWheresMy182


    Jun 23, 2004
    pssssst.... put a badass 2 bridge on it! lol. Best part about mexis are that theyre realllllllll easy to modify!
  20. Ale


    Jul 5, 2006
    Endorsing Artist: IGiG Cases
    Hmm , what have happened to the new mexico instruments ? All recent ive played have been great players , nice wood and well crafted. Try to find a new mexico jazz and save a few bucks.