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Fender Japan Electronics (pots, etc.)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by DEFUNKTED, Oct 28, 2006.



    May 4, 2006
    Dope City
    What's the deal with with the electronics in the CIJ line? Is is as good as the MIA line?

    The pots are smaller than MIA's, should they be replaced?

    Should the wiring be replaced or does any of this make much difference?

  2. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    I just aquired a CIJ precision thats was new in 2003. The pots were very noisy indeed, crackles and pops when I turn the volume knob. I need to replace them, maybe I put a quarter pounder in there too when I do /shrug
  3. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    A general observation (of the obvious perhaps):

    Japanese electronic components and assembly have set the
    quality standard in consumer products for 30 years. :D

    However, the sound of a Fender bass is not about Quality (with
    a capital Q) but about qualities. I read recently how the older way
    of hand winding pickups affects tone quality (highs) by decoupling the parallel wires. :ninja:

    It could be that the Japanese pots are TOO good. All that said, what
    really matters is:

    How does it sound to YOU? :bassist: :bassist: :bassist:


    May 4, 2006
    Dope City
    I'm not sure about that, I've seen a bit of discussion on TB that suggest otherwise. They're a lot smaller to begin with and don't know how they compare to custom MIA Fender electronics...

    The stock pickup in this bass is USA Vintage, for what it's worth...

    My volume pot cracks some as well and since I'm thinking of putting a different pickup in my bass, I wonder if it makes sense to throw some high-end electronics in there while I'm at it (high end wire, pots, capacitors, copper tape in cavities, etc..)

    What do you think?

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