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Fender MIM P-bass serial # ID

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mr_goodbomb, May 29, 2010.

  1. mr_goodbomb


    Oct 10, 2009
    I got a used P-bass from Guitar Center used online... a bit of a risk, but it was $200, and no picture provided, so I decided to jump on it. All the hardware and pickguard has been replaced, so presumably the only thing original is the neck, body, neck plate, and maybe the pickup.

    I assumed it was an MIM standard, but as it turns out, the headstock just says "Fender Precision Bass" on the front, and the "Made in Mexico" and serial are on the back. I was under the impression MIM standards said "MIM" on the front of the headstock. The serial is: ic041007373.

    Any help IDing this? As I said, as far as appearances and hardware, aside from the headstock, it's hard to tell what it originally was because it's just a plain black body and rosewood fingerboard with a skunk stripe, and all the hardware has been replaced with gold.
  2. My '09 MIM Classic '50s P has the serial number and "Made in Mexico"
    on the BACK of the headstock.

    I wish I had my '01 MIM Standard P here to look at. Seems to me the MIM was on the front of the headstock.
  3. This only goes to '06.

    Dating Mexican-Made Fender Instruments

    MN0+ 5 digits 1990-1991
    MN1+ 5 digits 1991-1992
    MN2+ 5 digits 1992-1993
    MN3+ 5 digits 1993-1994
    MN4+ 5 digits 1994-1995
    MN5+ 5 digits 1995-1996
    MN6+ 5 digits 1996-1997
    MN7+ 5 digits 1997-1998
    MN8+ 5 digits 1998-1999
    MN9+ 5 digits 1999-2000
    MZ0+ 5 digits 2000-2001
    MZ1+ 5 digits 2001-2002
    MZ2+ 5 digits 2002-2003
    MZ3+ 5 digits 2003-2004
    MZ4+ 5 digits 2004-2005
    MZ5+ 5 digits 2005-2006

  4. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    We need to see pics of the bass. The serial looks wrong.
  5. Well ..... guess where I just found a icxxxxxxxx serial number.

    On the back of the headstock on a Squier Bronco bass I just bought tonight off Craig's List!
    Made in Indonesia.
  6. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    IC is not M... I think you got shafted. Not to say it's a bad bass, but it's not all-MIM
  7. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    CI = made in Indonesia by Cort.
    You have a Squier or Starcaster serial number.
  8. Or would that be "ic"? ;);)
  9. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Perhaps, depends on your level of dyslexia.
  10. mr_goodbomb


    Oct 10, 2009
    Hmm... This could end poorly. Why would they put a MIM tag on the back next to the original serial number?
  11. LOL :D

    I was just going by the serial number itself ...." ic " .
  12. That my friend ...... is the BIG question. :confused:
  13. mr_goodbomb


    Oct 10, 2009
    I just got home. I had asked written the serial number down to ask this question when I got a chance, and now I'm around the bass and can take a better look at it...

    Seems it doesn't say MIM on the back, just a small Fender logo and the serial. Damnit.

    Makes me wonder what the pickup is, though, if all the hardware and pickguard were replaced. Also makes me wonder if I can get some of my money back from Guitar Center despite having it shipped. It seems like a cool bass, but I certainly wouldn't have paid what I did for a used, modded Squier.

    So, is it an Affinity or Standard?
  14. That would be my guess. Standard is MIM.

    Well, MF sells them new for $199.00, sounds like you got a good deal.
    UNLESS .... you want a "better" Fender P-bass.
    How does this one sound, feel, etc? It may be a keeper ...... bump-up down the line.
  15. mr_goodbomb


    Oct 10, 2009
    There's Squier Affinity, which is cheaper and generally thought of as lesser quality, and then there's the Standard line of Squier. THEN there's Fender MIM Standard.

    It was used. Used Affinity might be $100-120, used Standard maybe $150.

    I haven't got to plug it in yet.
  16. Yer right ..... Squier Affinity sells for $199.99 new,
    the Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass sells for $279.99 (both prices from MF).

    "Standard" is normally associated with the MIM Standard P bass.

    MF also sells the Squier Classic Vibe Precision Bass '60s - $349.99.

    More Squier basses at http://www.squierguitars.com/products/search.php?section=basses

    Ahhhh ... they DO have a Squier "Standard" series - three models..... but they aren't normal P-basses.
  17. mr_goodbomb


    Oct 10, 2009

    They don't currently have a Standard series P-bass that's got the usual appointments, I guess they leave that up to the Affinity series and the MIM Fenders. But they used to. The difference between an Affinity strat/tele and a Squier Standard strat/tele is body size/shape, headstock, and build quality. The layout (pickups, bridge, etc) is the same.
  18. mr_goodbomb


    Oct 10, 2009
    They committed fairly well to trying to pass it off as a Fender. The neckplate is a Fender, as well.
  19. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Actually, just off the top of my head, I think this would be a Fender Squier 'Standard' P-Bass, manufactured in Indonesia in 2004 ... I am not sure, but I know the Affinity series was an option in 04, and I believe that they had a special '51 RI type P as well, and then probably the step in between was a 'Standard' ... I bought a Squier Jazz about that time just to try one because I liked the 'walnut' body option ... they called that model a "Standard'