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Cheap Jazz: Fender MIM or Essex?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rodan, Apr 21, 2002.

  1. How do Essex basses compare to Fender MIM basses? The Fenders cost about twice as much as the Essesx basses, but are they twice as good?

    What would make a better Jazz, a $150 Essex with $300 worth of upgrades, or a $300 Fender MIM with $150 worth of upgrades?
  2. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    For $450 you can find a used MIA Jazz, and you won't have to upgrade anything.
  3. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Of the two, almost certainly the MIM. The old saying about not being able to polish a turd applies.

    But MJB's solution is better still.