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Fender Jazz 4, Inca Silver, '97, MIA

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by morebass!, Nov 13, 2005.


  1. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, Seymour Duncan Antiquity II pickups, stacked volume/tone controls and a series/parallel switch, all passive. The tone is LARGE, especially with the series wiring engaged. With flats it sounds enormous. The low end is truely unmatched among the 20+ basses I've owned. Your choice of La Bella flats or DR Lowriders. I bought this bass from SMASH a couple years ago. He did all the wiring work on it. If you have the TalkBass CD, this bass was used to record "Star Weekly". Since that recording the stacked tone controls and lightweight tuners were added. The tone really hasn't changed. The bass weights about 9 lbs. The color is Inca Silver which has been discontinued. The photos miss a slight green, almost reptilian shade that compliments the silver well. It also has a custom pickguard that looks black in the pictures but is actually "smoked" transparent. The overall condition of the bass is excellent. It plays well, sounds great and looks cool. I'm looking for something with a better slap sound. This bass does what it does really well so I hate to mess with it. I highly recommend it for anything where slap and pop is not needed. It has some growl but is mainly set up for a big old school tone - lots of lows and low mids and much deeper sounding than my P-basses. The pickups can give lots of bite and crunch but are not "glassy" at all. I've enjoyed playing it but am playing more funk now now and need something a bit more refined.

    I'll offer the Hipshot lightweight tuners and matching detuner as an option since I can use them on another bass. Price is $600 with the original tuners, and $700 with the lightweights and detuner. Reinstalling the original tuners completely conceals the tiny holes (one per tuner) that were added to secure the lightweights. Trades I'd consider are 4-string basses (must have a bridge pickup, prefer natural or sunburst). I can throw in some cash for the right bass.
     
  2. Marc H.

    Marc H. Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2003
    Bucks County, PA
    PM sent
     
  3. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    It has a rosewood board. All PMs replied to.
     
  4. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    Here are a couple pictures from when SMASH sold the bass to me. The only change since then is the lightweight tuners.
     

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  5. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    Someone please buy this so I can buy EB's 5-string. Price drop to $650.
     
  6. I resemble that remark.
     
  7. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Damnit damnit damnit! If only this were a P-bass I would be all over it!
     
  8. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    I know they're 2 different animals but this Jazz has a lot in common with a P tonally, especially in series. One reason I'm selling it is that my other bass is a P and they sound similar. The jazz cuts through live a lot better though.

    Thanks for the bump Tim.

    Another thing I'll mention is that '97 was a very good year for MIA fenders. My P is a '97 too. Kinda hate to break them up...
     
  9. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    I just love Inca Silver. And have heard great things about SD Antiquities. Someone buy this!!!

    Oh...shout out to Madison, WI!! Greatest city ever! I grew up in Milwaukee and lived there until 2 years ago but have spent MUCH quality time in Mad Town... emphasis on QUALITY.. many friends went to UW and my sister goes there now....
     
  10. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    Thanks again Tim. I didn't like the color at first but it grew on me. It has a lot of depth to it and takes on hues from the lights etc.

    Madison is a great place. Beautiful lakes and campus, lots of nice people too. I'm very lucky.

    Bass is still for sale.
     
  11. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    that's a hot bass right there with awesome pickups. If I had the money I'd be all over this, but a thing I'd have to change would be the knobs, I'd change them to stack jazz knobs to match the first one.

    Great deal for an awesome bass, I hope this one sells!

    Greg
     
  12. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    Thanks Greg. For the record the knobs are (from neck to bridge): 1) standard jazz tone knob that is nothing more than a pull/push series parallel switch; 2) stacked volume/tone for neck pickup; and 3) stacked volume/tone for bridge pickup.

    Also an update on strings: In an attempt to put off buying a 5-string I put on some heavy gauge (.055 - .110) XLs on it and have tuned it DGCF. This just might work. The truss rod didn't even need tweaking and the pickups seem to like the heavier strings. Now if I can just remember where the notes are...
     
  13. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    b-Ump!
     
  14. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    Bump - price drop and minor edits to first post.
     
  15. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    Bump for price drop. Had some other things come up so this was backburnered. $600 ($700 with lightweights) plus shipping. This price won't go any lower. I'll keep it or part it out before taking less than 6 bills for this bass.
     
  16. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    Valentine's Bump!
     
  17. mattvon

    mattvon

    Jan 22, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Wow! Great looking bass, great price...I've just picked up a very similar P, kinda GASsing your J, though. :meh:
     
  18. ElBajista

    ElBajista

    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    I see that you equipped this bass with the "mojo knob," referring to the ser/par switch. It's perfect for anyone who complains about your tone or your volume.

    Hear someone complaining? Twist the knob, and voila! "yeah dude, that does sound better!"

    :p Free Bump.

    -David
     
  19. morebass!

    morebass! I'm listening

    May 31, 2002
    Madison WI
    The series/parallel feature is very useful. I usually play in parallel for traditional jazz bass tones but for some songs I want the big P-bass sound, which the series setting does nicely, at the flick of a switch. The Antiquity IIs in series sound bigger than any P-bass I've ever heard. Series is also good for when you realize in the middle of a song that you're not loud enough or if you want to boost for a loud section or solo. Plenty of threads on this topic too.
     
  20. ElBajista

    ElBajista

    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    Yes, I understand that.

    Since it's only useful as a push/pull switch and it doesn't do anything when twisted, I was joking that you could act like you are adjusting your tone/volume, without actually changing anything. :D