Current Fender Made in Japan production

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by redtomfunk, Jun 18, 2021.

  1. redtomfunk


    Jun 14, 2019
    Alta, Norway
    how does the current production of Made in Japan Fender basses (2020, 2021) compare to the 90s, 2000 production?
    I am looking at the reissue models mostly.
  2. soong


    May 10, 2007
    I own a Hybrid 60s jazz and it is an incredible instrument. Neck feels great and is very stable, excellent fret work, fit and finish is top notch too.

    a lot of older mij uses basswood whereas this new line is mainly alder bodies to keep things og.
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  3. This not entirely true... Some of the FJ basses were basswood, like the Aerodyne series, much of the Boxer series, and some of the entry model P and J basses but most of the basses were not and are not made of basswood.

    That said, everyone I know who owns a basswood bass loves it, both the sound and the weight!
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  4. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I believe he meant OG like Fender USA OG, but I don’t want to speak for him :)
  5. soong


    May 10, 2007
    Yes that’s what I meant. A true US style reissue with alder as body wood.

    for example, the older MIJ PB62 models were all basswood unless you went with a PB62-US model, slightly less common.
  6. redtomfunk


    Jun 14, 2019
    Alta, Norway
    The US suffix is not the only one which implies the use of alder and US made pickups.
    See the screenshot attached for confirmation of what I say (JB62-950)

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  7. Fondsdale


    Sep 30, 2015
    I have newer JD serial Strat, seems better made (or equally as good at the least) than the earlier MIJ stuff I've had/have. Maybe the older fujigen stuff is better but I haven't played any of those recently.

    Actually, all the traditional series reissues seem to basswood except for the sen ash on the 70's jazz. The hybrids are all alder/ash I think. If you look at the tuners, if they're using the larger vintage correct plate tuners, it's likely to be alder/ash. The basswood ones all seem to have the smaller plate (like mim standard/player) tuners. This seems to ring true for all eras of Fender Japan basses.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2021
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