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Fender Medium Scale 1996 MIJ Jazz. Good or bad?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xantometapon, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. xantometapon


    Jan 23, 2011
    Hi folks,

    I have been looking for a medium scale lefty Fender Jazz bass for a long while now, so when this one showed up on Ebay I just bought it.

    It has a couple of big dings but overall it seems to be in pretty good shape.
    I am no Fender expert so I would like to ask you if Fender Japan had some bad years or I might expect a good bass.

    Maybe I should have made some research prior to buying, but the bass had a lot of watchers, some offers and I did not want to let it go. You know...lefty, medium scale...that kind of bass does not show up very often, does it?

    Any good/bad input about 1996 MIJ Fenders?

    Cheers and thanks
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    CIJ, MIJ Fender's rock
    The best bang for the buck for a bass with Fender on the headstock
  3. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    I had a 96 mij precision 32" scale.A great bass.Well made with no issues.I sold it to buy warmoth short scale parts to assemble my own.
  4. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    MIJ Fenders are excellent instruments.

    You are correct that a medium scale lefty would be quite rare, so as long as you feel you paid a fair price, you probably got a good deal.

    Was this one of the Aerodyne's with the JJ pickup configuration, rather than typical PJ?
  5. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    I believe that they're pretty sought after instruments.
  6. xantometapon


    Jan 23, 2011
    Nope. Standard Jazz Bass with JJ pickups.

    Thanks for the input
  7. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    Either way, they're quite rare on this side of the ocean and if/when you decide to sell, you won't have trouble getting your asking price. You know yourself how hard it is to find a lefty you like, let alone medium scale, let alone a quality MIJ Fender.

    Sounds like a score. Make sure to post pics for those who may google this exact topic years from now. Talkbass is kinda like an encyclopedia that way, and doing google research on old basses is how I found TB in the first place.
  8. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    Fender Japan has never had a bad year. I've never played a 32' scale Fender, but I bet it's like bass heaven. Every difference about the medium scale is an advantage in comparison to the full size, imo.

    I'm looking for a MIM Urge Standard with the same neck size.
  9. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Man, I would like to have one of those!

    I agree with Fender Japan...excellent.....my 3 main Strats are Fender Japan...the necks in particular are excellent.
  10. gleneg61


    Jan 10, 2008
    Osaka Japan
    Can't go wrong with Fender Japan. I saw that bass on eBay n it looks all cool n standard but I was skeptical about it being a 32" scale so just to make sure I'd measure it from nut to G string bridge saddle if I were you n see if it's roughly 32", or 813mm. Hope my skepticism is wrong n it's indeed a very rare find.
  11. Howdy

    I would wholeheartedly agree with the posters here - the Fender Japan 32" medium scales are unbelievably amazing. I own a number of them and I am still in the market for more of them - I just can't get enough!

    I have several dealers in Japan who are on the lookout for me and let me know if anything rare and unusual turns up. Based on the small number of medium scales made - I can't imagine that they made many lefties. That is quite a score!

    By the way, many don't realize - when Fender Japan first started in on the medium scales in the eighties - Fender US would not let Fender Japan use the Fender name on them. They could only release them under the Squier name. Later on, the instruments proved to be of such quality, Fender US reconsidered - had a change of heart - and let them put the Fender name on them.

    For that reason, do not ever hesitate to purchase a SQUIER Japan medium scale - they are virtually identical - with the only difference, and only in some cases - was the body wood.

    Pluck away and congrats on a superior purchase.

  12. gcbake

    gcbake Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Former Ampeg Regional Touring Artist
    I have an E-series med scale Squire by Fender (1987 date) and if anything happened to it I would be frantically looking for another asap. This instrument has changed my whole outlook on bass.
  13. WarriorJoe7

    WarriorJoe7 Banned

    Mar 12, 2004
    Syracuse, NY
    I will be selling a medium scale precision bass soon.
  14. xantometapon


    Jan 23, 2011
    Thanks everyone.

    I was quite sure that the bass was rare, but now I am 100% sure that it is not only rare but very good. That´s why I did not hesitate to buy it.

    I live in Madrid, Spain, so let´s hope the bass arrives fine.
    Even if I had to pay taxes (I surelly will) the deal would still be good, and I think the seller (top rated) is reliable enough.
    Let´s hope it is really a 32";)
  15. gcbake

    gcbake Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Former Ampeg Regional Touring Artist
    Let me know when you do

  16. xantometapon


    Jan 23, 2011
    Oh God!
    It has happened!

    After more than a month retained in Customs, the postal service finally delivered the bass yesterday.
    The first thing I did was to open the box, bag and measure the scale...

    it´s a 34" bass.:crying::crying:

    I contacted the seller inmediately and, for the moment, he is being very polite and wants to solve the problem, but it is going to be very hard because we are oceans apart.

    Anyways, I have made very clear that it was a very, very big mistake and all his fault.
    The listing said clearly 4 or 5 times that it was a medium scale bass.
    Just wanted to let you know.

    Does anybody know if, in this particular case, the return shipping would me on me or on him?
  17. xantometapon


    Jan 23, 2011
    By the way, I HATE being a lefty bassist!
  18. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    Dude, that sucks. The MIJ medium scales a nice basses. I waited for about a year to find a righty and I live in the USA.
  19. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
  20. xantometapon


    Jan 23, 2011
    Thanks very much agent77.

    I will take a careful look at those as soon as I get my money back.

    Looks killer!