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Are Fender "American Professional" Basses Actually Made in the USA???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vtbassman, Dec 19, 2018.

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  1. vtbassman


    May 9, 2005
    My last couple of basses have been the USA Fender Jazz V's...bought them around 7 or 8 years ago. They say "Made in USA" on the headstock. I just received a brand new "American Professional" Fender Precision...paid over $1500 when all said and done...and nowhere does it say "Made in USA". ***? When did this start happening...? Is putting "American" in the name alone just for marketing and demanding a premium price?
  2. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
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  4. Strange they wouldn't put it right on the headstock. It's the main differentiator for the line.
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  5. Wow; its like a MOVEMENT has begun. I guess an earthquake moved Corona CA south to Mexico!:roflmao:
    (It could happen)!

    I suppose Fender changed their method of S/N's using the USA prefix to denote mfr. in California.
    Works for me!
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  6. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    (Found on another forum)
    If you check the American Elites, only those produced in 2015 have the "Made in USA" decal on the back of the headstock; same with The Edge Signature Stratocaster. As the posted law says it has to 95% USA content. That legal folks are guitar manufacturers have interpreted this to include raw materials like oh "wood". Most of the wood isn't sourced in the USA (maple from Canada, rosewood from India, etc.). I suspect that the foreign content of an American Pro is exactly the same as your American Standard that says "Made in USA" - probably 15-20% of the wholesale price content is from outside the USA when you factor in the cost of the wood.

    It's not just Fender; EBMM, G&L and Schecter's USA Custom Shop no longer say "Made in USA" so it's pretty much all California-based manufacturers. They are afraid of getting hit with a class action lawsuit over product labeling.
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  7. HD007

    HD007 Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2018
    New Music Man basses have similar change. They’re made in US but as I understand it if a certain portion of the materials (the neck and body woods) come from abroad that affects the “made in” language.

    To your point, the Am Pro models are made in the US.
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  8. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    How much is "MIA" worth?
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  9. Ernie-Ball-Music-Man-StingRay-Special-Bass-Back-of-Headstock.

    Look closely at this SR Special headstock! Where they once said "proudly Made in San Luis CA, USA", they now show a BEAR telling you to be proud of their California Heritage!!

    A BEAR!
    What's wrong with this World??:laugh:
  10. stringtapper


    Jun 24, 2009
    Denton, TX
  11. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Whenever I find it, I'll let you know... :thumbsup:
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  12. Cowboy in Latvia

    Cowboy in Latvia

    Mar 1, 2015

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  13. fretter


    May 24, 2012
    Scarcity increases value.
  14. Frankie Fender

    Frankie Fender Supporting Member

    This is the logical outcome of open borders and political correctness.
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  15. News Flash!

    CALIFORNIA had a substantial EARTHQUAKE, and many cities including Morro Bay & San Luis Obispo
    slid all the way down the coast into Mexico (Even bashed thru the Wall!) Music Man has a new address.
    Now they'll have to change their headstock insignia from a Bear to an eagle with a serpent in its mouth!
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  16. J0hn


    Nov 12, 2016
  17. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    I think that's a fair law. 95% is a decent threshold, and do-able if makers really want to reach it. We've got good wood in the US. I live in Maine and I think our Maple and Ash* are pretty darn good. I guess 'Assembled in the USA' just doesn't have the same ring to it.
    *Although it looks like the Asian beetles are coming for our Ash soon.
    And I ain't talking about these guys.
    Invasive beetle – the dreaded emerald ash borer – arrives in York County
  18. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    That makes no sense. Also...

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  19. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Or legislation on trade descriptions.
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  20. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007

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