anyone know when fender went mexi?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tomtom, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. tomtom


    Jun 17, 2002
    Philthy, PA
    I'd like to find a Standard jazz bass at some point kinda soon. I really like the japanese ones...does anyone know when they stopped making them? know what they run for?
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    IME, the most desirable Japanese Fenders are those built in the eighties.

    I have seen plenty of 80s MIJ jazzes in the $350-450 range. They are pretty easy to come accross if you look. It is pretty rare to look on ebay without seeing at least one.

    I have also seen at least a dozen of them at various online retail sites.

    I don't know the exactly answer to your question. I know that Fender continues to build some basses in Japan. IIRC, I have seen "standard" jazzes MIJ dated as late as 1998.

  3. Kelvin


    Apr 30, 2000
    Fender went "Mexi" circa 1992-1993.

    They still make excellent Fenders in Japan, notably the Marcus Miller and Jaco signature Jazz Basses. Both sell in Japan for approx 70,000yen (about US$600), and are of excellent quality.