Deterimining the year of a Fender Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by basswilli, Jan 9, 2002.

  1. I have recently bought a somewhat new fender jazz 5 string (made in mexico) from a local guitar shop. I was just wondering if there was a way that I could determine the year it was made, maybe by using the numbers on it or something.
    I don't know :confused:
  2. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Take off the pickguard and look at its back. At least on my MIM there is a stamp, telling not only the year but which month it was assembled.
  3. sweet, thanks dude
    ill do that when i replace my pickguard, the white one is getting boring,
    thanks again
  4. Look at the serial number on the neck. Example MZ0981638.

    The M is where the bass was made. M=Mexico, A=America, J=Japan

    The Z is the fist letter of the decade it was made in. So N would be Ninety and Z would be Zero (as in 2000).

    The 0 after the Z is the year it was made. So this bass was made in mexico in the year 2000.

    Make any sense?
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    It makes sense that I'm moving this to Basses.;)