Fender mex std overhauled?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Vynns, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Vynns

    Vynns Guest

    May 5, 2008
    Evening all,

    Just now I was surfing tha intarwebz, oogling over basses and whatnot. Mostly basses though :smug:

    Anyhoo, I have a giant hardon for precisions and was taking a gander at the Fender website.


    Since when are Fender standards (not american standards, mind you! The mexican ones) available with maple fingerboards? And since when are there so many colors in this line? And since when does the sunburst finish not look like a smeared-out turd from someone who ate too much chili, but actually, you know, nice?

    So, after changing into a clean pair of pants, I rushed over to musiciansfriend and there the P's are still only available in like 4 colors, only rosewood fretboards and with butt-ugly sunbursts.

    Boo, I say.

    So what's the dealio here? Did these instruments get a makeover? And if so, does anyone know if the price will rise? And are there any more changes that are more than just cosmetic? I mean, I always thought the sunbursts in these series were so ugly to cover up ugly wood or something. Maybe they even upped the woodquality?

    Oooooooooh, this is just peachy-keen. Want! :hyper:
  2. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    They added new finishes and maple boards this year.
  3. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    They probably haven't hit the market yet. Plus, MF will likely have a lot of last year's stock.
  4. And, reportedly, raised pricing on all Fenders across the board.
  5. GeddyisGod

    GeddyisGod Four on the floor and nothing more!

    Feb 4, 2004
    Moberly, MO
    I saw this morning that the MIM standard J will set you back $550.
  6. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    I know there a very recent announcement (maple boards on the MIM's), but does anyone know of any 5-string MIM offerings in this line? I'd be all over one in a heartbeat. :bassist:
  7. Vynns

    Vynns Guest

    May 5, 2008
    Anyone have any idea when they will?

    Really? By how much of a margin? Something like 3% or more like 30%?
  8. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    I have already seen the guitars at the local GC, the basses were not there though.
  9. Quite a bit. Geddys are around 1.2k i believe now
  10. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    20% I think.
  11. budget bassist

    budget bassist Guest

    Jan 4, 2009
    I hear the prices are rising pretty much daily, over here the mex standard has gone from £340 to £540, that's about a 70% increase, fender can go **** themselves, i'm not paying that.
  12. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Yes, my local GC has the '09 MIM guitars, and the '09 Road Worn guitars (not my thing, but I understand the appeal), too.

    The MIMs look and play fantastic. Easily equivalent to the MIA gear from a few years ago. Somebody out there has really given Fender a kick in the butt.
  13. You can't blame the entire 70% on Fender, especially since the rise in price over here is only a fraction of that. Your wholesalers and importers must have added quite a bit to their bottom line as well.
  14. I'll pay $550 w/ a maple fretboard and it will be the red one or the LPB. I tried the new MIA's and they're ok but not much different than my 2000 MIA.
    The 2009 MIM's should be out in 45 to 60 days...at least that's what the Fender reps said in an email I got. I asked them when they come out in the stores.
  15. For me, I love the new standards.
    I am saving for a p bass with a maple neck. Either lake placid blue or artic white, Not sure yet
  16. budget bassist

    budget bassist Guest

    Jan 4, 2009
    Either way, i'm not paying that. If i wanted a cheap jazz bass, i'd go for a vintage modified squier, no question about it, they're easily better than a mexican fender and now £300 less.
  17. Depends....I've tried a couple of VM Squiers and one was nice, one not so nice. And I've got a really great MIM so you just have to look around.

    Wouldn't surprise me though if the Squier line took a jump in price this year too.
  18. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I would expect them to, being a Fender product, along with Jacksons and such.
  19. budget bassist

    budget bassist Guest

    Jan 4, 2009
    I just prefer the way the VMJs sound, they just sound a lot more bright and attacky to me, i'm not a big fan of the standard jazz sound, but that's just me.