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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ebozzz, Jan 28, 2002.
I'm actually am beginning to like mine quite a bit. Here it is:
Except I have MIM Deluxe P-Bass Special pickups in mine, and I changed the controls to v-v-t. It's a nice bass, but I play my Precision more.
Hey did you have to do any additional routing to install those P-Bass pickups? I've been thinking about putting a new set of pickups in mine. This bass sounds pretty nice but I would like to have a little more bottom and high end definition. It would also be nice to make that J pup a little less noisy when it's soloed. What difference did the change make with yours?
Excuse my ignorance, but what is a JP-90? I haven't seen a bass referred to this way before. Thanks.
The JP-90 is an American made Fender with a jazz neck and a poplar body that is very similar to the traditional Jazz Bass. It has passive electronics and a P/J pickup configuration. The controls are volume and tone with a toggle switch to select neck/combined/bridge settings of the pickups. It's a nice inexpensive bass if you are able to find one in good condition. Mine is a 1990 model.
ebozzz - the pups are more or less standard size, except that the jazz pup seems to be neck size, rather than bridge size, so I did have to hog out the pickguard a little to use a bridge-sized pup. The MIM Deluxe P-J pups seem pretty nice. I've also tried EMG's in this bass, but the bridge pup went bad, so I went back to passive. None of this required any routing.
I have a Bartolini 9j#1 bridge pup here, if you're interested.
Thanks for the JP-90 info. It is a model I hadn't heard of. LIke the MB-5, it seems like another example of "if it's not an actual Precision or Jazz , no one will buy it and Fender will discontinue it." So much for innovation.
I used to have a JP-90, it was my first bass. Paid 400 for it in '93. Could you imagine getting a new American Fender for 400 these days?! It's actually a pretty nice instrument - I changed the pickups to EMG's and changed the bridge to a 2-tek - and then I sold it for a hot-rodded Ibanez Roadstar ! I was 17 and I got fooled by it's huge humbuckers and cherry sunburst/birdseye finish. Now I have a 72 Jazz, but the JP-90 with EMG's still would've been a nice studio bass. Oh well...
My orchestra teacher had one of those that i believe was fretless-not sure if it came that way or if he made it that way. I always thought they looked sweet & thought since he played one they had to be good. That being said, my current bass teacher now plays a P-bass that he sold him waaay back when. thats all
I had to chuckle when I read this. I just bought a Squire MB5 - can I assume that this is the same bass we are talking about?
"Thanks for the JP-90 info. It is a model I hadn't heard of. LIke the MB-5, it seems like another example of "if it's not an actual Precision or Jazz , no one will buy it and Fender will discontinue it." So much for innovation."
I am new here, and had to enquire. I just purchased a Squire MB5, which I am quite pleased with. Are we essentially referring to the same bass?
I'm not sure what a Squire MB5 is and I don't think that Squire is American made. The design could be similar. Got a picture of it?
No, the Fender MB-5 (which was somewhat similar to the new Squier model) was discontinued back in the mid 1990s. It was made in Japan.
I think the Squier MB came out so that there would be something in the line to better compete with Ibanez (which has a good market share with "extreme" rockers).
Fender has never had much luck trying to compete with "modern" bass models.
The MB5 was, I think, a model that Fender started and then dropped 10 or so years ago. They recently revived it as an budget Asian Squire model, but there is no American or Japanese version. I am interested in the the squire MB5, but I have yet to see one to try it out. It is not stocked in any local store.
It just seems that whenever Fender tries a bass without a pickguard, or with a non-P or -J shape, it fails in the market- this also happened with a few other models in the 80s or 90s, such as the HM bass or the one (model name?) with the Lace Sensors and the fine-tuning bridge. And with the "boner" Jazzes, from the early 90s I think, with the longer upper horn to balance better. And this is despite the fact that (outside the realm of very low-budget basses, say in mid-priced offerings) most of Fender's successful competition does not look like a P or J.
I wonder how Fender will do with the new line of boutique-looking basses- will they finally be able to diversify their line, or will it be another be another flash in the pan? Will traditional Fender buyers try something different, or will non-traditional buyers buy a Fender? My guess: the line will be dropped in 2-3 years. But time will tell.
It's here on Squire's site
pilotjones: I have to say that my Squire MB5 is better than what I had expected from Squire. It sounds nice, plays well, and feel right (to me).
As for Fender's attempts to go beyond the P and J, I think it has to do with being a standard. They are so entrenched with being a standard for bass (and even guitar) that no one thinks of them for anything else. you want something different you automatically look elsewhere.
That's not it at all.
OK. Now I know