Fender Jazz Bass Special - MIJ

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  1. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    i tried a SEARCH for this Fender Japanese Jazz Bass Special ,
    but couldn't find the answer i'm looking for ...

    i found a very dirty { mud on body and strings } white pearl ,
    serial # c0000690 , with a black rosewood neck for $200.00 plus tax ...

    it plays smooth and sounds ok , but desperately needs a setup ,
    has a few minor nicks or the back body , and just needs some serious lovin'
    to help it look nice again . :D

    my questions :
    are these on par with the current models from Japan ,
    and is this a decent price for a bass in this condition ?

    i know Japanese quality today is probably better , and i don't want this to turn into
    an MIJ vs. MIM or MIA issue , so please try to keep answers confined to my two questions ...

    thanks , and any help would be appreciated .
  2. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    yes , the bass i found looks like this , only in a pearl white .
    a very light bass , i'm guessing under 9 pounds ...

    do you mind if i ask how much you paid ?
    how's the overall sound ?
    you can PM me if you don't want to say on this thread ... :D
  3. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    I have an '86 MIJ Power Jazz Special (active version), excellent bass, permanant keeper for me. Easily on par with any current day MIJ/CIJ, IMO, and well worth the price assuming it's functional and just needs some TLC ...... :cool:
  4. Groover


    Jun 28, 2005
    Ohio, USA
    Up to par, Yes.
    Good Price, Yes.

    I own 3. One is just like Panda's, but I though that color was called Burgundy Mist, but then again, who knows.

    They have Basswood bodies, so it's actually hard to find one without dents.

    You can probably double your money in one day if you put it up on eBay.

    I'll give you $201 for it right now :p


    This is what I paid:
    $250 for the pewter/green (very beat-up)
    $330 for the Sonic Blue (pretty good conditions)
    $265 for the Burgundy Mist (almost mint, once chip)

    The white like yours and the all black go for more.
  5. I payed $330 for mine, and I thought that was a pretty good price.

    The sound isn't quite your classic Pbass sound, even without the bridge pup on. It seems growlier to me, not as much thump. Maybe it was just what it was strung with.
  6. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    ... thanks for the quick response , i guess i don't mind using
    a little " elbow grease " to fix this one up :D
  7. petch

    petch Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Medina, Ohio
    The knob closest to the neck is P-pickup volume. The next is J-pickup volume. The last one is tone for both. The P-pickup volume control is a master volume that controls both pickups when both are selected. The switch is: (starting at the position towards the neck) P-pickup, then both , then the J-pickup. :)
  8. Belka


    Dec 10, 2003
    Kiev, Ukraine
    I have one of those. Mine is a metallic red colour which I've never seen before. They are cool basses. I converted mine to a fretless. I found I could never really get an aggressive sound out of it. It wasn't much good for slapping, not a lot of natural top or bottom (Duff from Guns and Roses got a very different sound, but he put Seymour Duncans in his) But some low mid boost on the amp gives a gorgeous fretless tone.
    One strange thing about it is that even with the bridge pickup soloed, it won't hum. Maybe something to do with the electronics? (I don't know many basses with a vol vol configuration and a pickup selector switch
    Also, mine has a greeny brown coloured painted bridge which has started to oxidise and has a bluish film on. Anybody else have this problem?
  9. petch

    petch Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Medina, Ohio
    Yes, when I got mine it also had that 'funk' on the bridge. I was able to get almost all of it off with elbow grease and some type of household cleaner. It was a good bass that I had for 15 years. I sold it a while back to move on and try some different basses. Of course, sometimes I regret selling it.:bawl: Unlike Belka, I was happy with the sound, although his description of "not a lot of natural top or bottom" is right on. Its overall tone was a bit midrangey. Mine did have some neck issues- some dead spots and the tendency for the action to not stay put very long. It sort of had a mind of its own. Nonetheless, it served me well. There's a bit of variation with the necks on that particular model- mine (pearly white) had a black glossy finish on the back but I've seen natural ones too. Anyway, I would say fix that baby up and rock on!
  10. Razor


    Sep 22, 2002
    The "Duff" bass.....

    I used to own a black one..although I always longed for a pearl white one like you've got there. The one I had was a very sweet bass. A real workhorse. I changed out the pickups to Duncan's and it really came alive. Very similar sound to early GNR (when a little chorus was added in).

    The only...and I mean...only thing's I didn't like were that they only came in a rosewood board, and I could never get the bridge to intonate well enough to my liking.

    Anyways...good score, very underrated bass.
  11. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    yeah , mine has the gloss black finish on the back of the neck.

    seems the volume pot for the "P" pickup isn't working , but the
    "J" is working just fine ...

    overall and considering it's age , this bass is in very good condition .
    this may be another "keeper" for me , but i'll wait till the repairs have been completed
    to make the final judgement on this one ...

    here's another shot of this Special ...

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  12. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    ok , i have information about this bass , and lots of pictures
    in the " set-up and repair " forum ,
    the thread name is "rosewood fretboard gunk"... check it out .

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