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Fender Jazz Prices, Why?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ty_Boogie, Feb 26, 2006.


  1. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life

    Sep 6, 2004
    The Bronx, NYC
    Why is the difference in price, FMT and the Standard

    Could it be the stardard comes with a gig bag?
    Shouldn't the FMT be more?

    Are these, MIM or MIJ?

    BTW the standard jazz from MF is $484.99 <shrugs shoulders>
     
  2. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    You got me, the list price on the FMT is $699, as opposed to $649, yet it's cheaper.
     
  3. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    One would think that maple tops are better and more expensive. The regular one comes with a gigbag.
     
  4. illidian

    illidian

    Jul 2, 2004
    They are both MIM.

    The Standard comes with a bag, according to the item description. The FMT does not.
     
  5. i think the FMT is nicer anyway. and plus you can get a nice gigbag or even hardshell that doesnt come with the standard for the extra $70 saved on (what i think) is a nicer bass.
     
  6. Tom

    Tom

    Sep 7, 2005
    Davis, CA
    What year are the FMT's? I've seen the prices on older Standards go down since the new ones were introduced for 2006.
     
  7. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life

    Sep 6, 2004
    The Bronx, NYC
    Strange, I think I'll get the FMT, but I want to go to the samash here in the city, and check it out.

    Hmm.....maybe thats the online price?

    I've read in other threads that the MIM's have been better lately.
     
  8. Whacked

    Whacked

    Sep 21, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    also possible the FMT is Korean.

    the standard is definatly MIM
     
  9. Whacked

    Whacked

    Sep 21, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    What I hear is that the 2000 and later MIM now use the USA pups
     
  10. WarwickFan

    WarwickFan

    Feb 7, 2005
    Florida
    The FMT has a real maple top and not some picture placed inder the finish on the top? Fender use to do this and call it a foto flame.
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    These are probably special run basses. Fender probably made a special run of MIM Jazzes with Flamed tops and Sam Ash bought the whole run at a stupid low price and they're selling them lower then the MIM Standard.

    I was at Sam Ash in Carle Place NY the other day (looking for a Ric 4003) and the basses looked pretty sweet.
     
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Nope, they're MIM.
     
  13. pyrohr

    pyrohr

    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    At a glance I thought this (photo flame) was indeed the case but now i'm not so sure. I have seen one of these basses in person and the flame comes nowhere close to the flame on my FMT. I'm not saying it should be the same but the MIM bass just doesn't catch my eye.
     
  14. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    Phila,Pa.
    Fender and Gibson are crooks!
     
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I saw one too. It seems to be a REALLY thin laminate of maple. There was some 3D action when moving it in differnet light.

    Not for nothing, for $399, I came close to buying one. LOL. :)
     
  16. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life

    Sep 6, 2004
    The Bronx, NYC
    Thanx for the input, Hmm.....I may go for it, never ordered online before either, maybe I'll go to the 48th street store, check it out up close
     
  17. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Because everybody knows flame tops suck. :eek:
     
  18. fatsobasso

    fatsobasso

    Dec 24, 2005
    Ormond florida
    played a flame top today,not a real flame top,looked like a fancy paint job,the regular jazz basses played better.
     
  19. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life

    Sep 6, 2004
    The Bronx, NYC

    in what way did they play better?
     
  20. princeadr

    princeadr

    Apr 29, 2005
    I think the FMT basses have two part backs. I think the regular jazz bass has a one piece body. I'm not absolutely certain about this though. Not sure how this affects tone either if it is the case.