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Fender P bass Made In Japan. Fake or not?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GDalbosco, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. GDalbosco


    Feb 18, 2017
    Can you help me to know if this fender P bass MIJ is real or fake ?

    Also, What is your opinion about this instrument?

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  2. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    It looks correct to me.
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  3. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Never seen a fake CIJ.
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  4. giacomobass


    Dec 30, 2011
    Actually, that's a MIJ. :)
    With a basswood body.
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  5. If you email fender they will tell you pretty quickly
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  6. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    Looks legit to me. How’s it sound and play? That’s the main thing. And what’s the price?
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  7. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    That changes everything.
  8. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Agree with all the rest so far. It looks legit.
    I'd love to see the neck pocket to confirm the Body is 100% legit but it sure looks correct.
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  9. GDalbosco


    Feb 18, 2017
    Don’t know because is far away from my City. I am from Chile. Here the fender basses are really expensive.
    For example an pbass American Professional can cost usd 2,100 new in the store. And a pbass American standard usd 1,400 used.
    This Pbass MIJ price is usd 850
    I know in the USA cost around usd 500-530 but is difficult to buy it from outside and sometimes is more expensive because shipping cost and custom taxes.
  10. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    Sounds like a winner - here in Canada a new MIJ is more expensive than a used MIA.
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  11. GDalbosco


    Feb 18, 2017
    Basswood is good thing? Or too heavy?
    I have a Fender Jazz American Standard 2013 and I love it. Great sound and it’s comfortable (Neck C modern) and have a lightweight Body.
    I don’t know the specifications of this bass.

    I wonder if the neck have a C shape
    And the weight

    It’s very important to me the sound but also if it’s comfortable to play.
  12. GDalbosco


    Feb 18, 2017
    This is a used MIJ is from 1993-1994 according to the serial number.
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  13. John Bess

    John Bess

    Sep 2, 2019
    Good score, 90s Japanese Fender. Great quality on those. In my part of the US that bass would go for 650 - 700 usd.
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  14. GDalbosco


    Feb 18, 2017
    Here is too difficult to find a Pbass with maple fingerboard and I think not so much people appreciate a MIJ in my country.
    I think I am going to take the risk, and then post the picture of the neck pocket.
  15. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    0C05DD72-E1A1-4CBB-9062-0440AC900753.jpeg Looks legit, I bet it’s a really nice bass, I love my CIJ!!
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  16. Basswood is light. A real plus if you are older and don't need 9-10 lbs hanging off your neck. A basswood body will probably bring the weight down to near 7lb. Much more manageable. :D
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  17. Leonid Nidis

    Leonid Nidis

    Jan 1, 2018
    Its a good bass very light but the american standart is better.
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  18. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    It looks correct to me, and the price sounds good, considering the location.

    All Fender instruments vary in quality and feel to some extent, and each should be played and assessed individually imo.
    Get it, and flip it if you don't like it.

    Basswood is usually a lighter, softer wood than alder or ash, so the bass may be lightweight but may not.
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  19. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I bet you'll love it. Remember that strings can go a very long way towards a better sounding bass. So judge accordingly.
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  20. Leonid Nidis

    Leonid Nidis

    Jan 1, 2018
    Its made in japan 95-96(serial number).Looks like a 57 reissue(these are better guitars than the japanese standart) but im not sure.
    I wouldnt buy it for 850$ unless you can try it out and realy like it.How much is import tax in chile?cos these can be bought for 600$ shipped if you are patient.
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