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Fender Fretless Jazz bass question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dogwillhunt80, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. dogwillhunt80


    Apr 13, 2012

    Another bass n00b question here for you experts. I am somewhat interested in getting an electric fretless bass and Fender Jazz is one of my top picks so far (not fully done researching yet though).

    Below are some links to 2 different Fender Jazz fretless basses, sold at the same store. One of them is $600 and the other is $1300. My question is, why such a big price difference? I just wanna understand if quality between the two is that big of a difference, even though I would be a beginner at bass (played guitar for years but recently more interested in playing bass too).

    Long & McQuade - Fender Musical Instruments Standard Jazz Bass Fretless - Brown Sunburst

    Long & McQuade - Fender Musical Instruments American Standard Fretless Jazz Bass - Rosewood Neck In 3 Tone Sunburst
  2. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    one is american made, one is mexican made. They use different parts and and such as well, more details can be found on the fender website, but their MIM stuff is pretty good, especially for a beginner bass.
  3. I would reccomend the squier vintage modified jazz bass.
  4. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    +1. Excellent quality for the price.
    Excellent playability for any price.
  5. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI

    I prefer these to any Fender fretless jazz I've ever played
  6. It's a good question. If you could try them both then you may be able to see/feel the difference. But a fingerboard tint and lighter machine heads don't really justify it. i'm interested in the glossed fingerboard.

    I have a full-blown epoxy coated neck which is amazing and enables roundwound strings to be used. I'd like to know how Fender have done this.

  7. dogwillhunt80


    Apr 13, 2012
    To the person who said this (or anyone who knows), probably a stupid question, but for Squiers, are there MIM, MIA, MIJ, etc or are all they all made in same country? If not, are there significant differences?
  8. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I believe current squier production is either china or Indonesia. Over the years squier basses have been made in a variety of countries but i think the VM series are all Indonesia. They use cheaper materials, components, and construction methods/labor than MIA/MIJ/MIM fenders.