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Fender Short Scale Jazz Bass 2013 Red

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Shortie, Nov 20, 2015.


  1. Shortie

    Shortie Boom! Banned

    Nov 15, 2015
    Brooklyn USA
    What is the story on this bass? Blurb says it's a "Made in China-Fender". What sort of "Fender" is this? I don't recall seeing the Fender brand on anything made in China in 2013 (if ever). Is it like "Fender Japan" - Chinese Fenders for the Chinese market that they don't sell in the USA? Anybody played something like this? How's the quality, pups, etc?




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  2. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    chicago
    im just in here to say , its nice to hear about something other than p basses!
    so so much pbass stuff lately. Chinese or not, thanks for posting
     
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  3. Shortie

    Shortie Boom! Banned

    Nov 15, 2015
    Brooklyn USA
    Well, P bass was the first... :)
     
  4. fjadams

    fjadams

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    It's a Fender short run. They were released last year. Made a red and a blonde. I'm sitting right next to my blonde one right now. It's the bass that's always plugged into the amp in my TV room. They were made in China. Fit and finish on mine is perfect as is the neck and fretwork. I've heard that a few people had trouble intonating theirs, but mine had no trouble at all. It sounds great, the P & J pickups are both good. It's one of the few basses I own that I haven't done any work on, but have been thinking of changing the electronics to my preferred V/B/StellarTone. If you find one buy it. I doubt you'll be sad that you did.
     
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  5. Shortie

    Shortie Boom! Banned

    Nov 15, 2015
    Brooklyn USA
    So this model was made in China and sold in the USA, or just in China?
    I just pulled the trigger on a Fender Japan short scale J - but I can get out of that. I really like the P/J configuration on this piece - have been lusting after one of the new Jaguars but I'm trying to stick to shorties these days - I've got arthritis and tendonitis problems so I don't play the big boys any more - love the shorties. Know anything about the Fender Japan short scale J's? How do you think they stack up to this Chinese P/J.
     
  6. dralionux

    dralionux

    Feb 3, 2009
    Savannah, GA
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  7. Shortie

    Shortie Boom! Banned

    Nov 15, 2015
    Brooklyn USA
    OK thanks - I remember seeing briefly something about a Modern Player short scale J bass. Didn't realize this was the same model. Guy selling it doesn't seem to know much about it.
     
  8. fjadams

    fjadams

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    The Japan J and the Modern Player J are two completely basses. I love the sound of a P/J as there are so many tones you can get from it. I meant to buy one of the Japan Js, but didn't and kept putting it off. Then the word of the closing hit and they went up $100 to $150 overnight and I still didn't get one. Now they're about gone and the price is more than I'm willing to spend. Would still like to get one at some point though.
    The short scale MP J originally went for $400, so if the price is right I'd say get it.
     
  9. Shortie

    Shortie Boom! Banned

    Nov 15, 2015
    Brooklyn USA
    Last week I grabbed a black Japan J for $700 even, with shipping, brand new in box, on eBay from a Japanese vendor. White one was $100 more! There are still a few up there. I really like the PJ thing too. But guy's asking $650 - a lot for a used 2013 Modern Player thing, and he's not the original owner - it's pawn shop or something like that and sold "as is - no returns" - not getting a good feeling from it.
     
  10. fjadams

    fjadams

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    $650? No way it'd be worth that. $400 new, being used with at least 2nd owner I doubt I'd be willing to go much more than $350, maybe $400 if it was still in showroom condition. And I'm not talking about GC been slapped by every 12 year old within 50 miles from the store new condition.
     
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  11. felis

    felis

    Jul 31, 2013
    Midwest, USA
  12. I have one of the same color, and would say it was the best short scale ever put out by Fender. However, it is not worth $650. If it is in perfect shape, I would offer him no more that $350 -$400, as one poster said. Their tone is uber cool, for sure. You can always get one of the short scale Squire Jags for a lot less. Maybe even two.
     
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  13. fjadams

    fjadams

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    Exactly
     
  14. Shortie

    Shortie Boom! Banned

    Nov 15, 2015
    Brooklyn USA
    Yeah - I'm not thinking about that Chinese piece any more. The Japan J will be here in a few days - I've heard nothing but good things about it. I put heavy gauge GHS pressure wounds on my AS J5 and they really beefed up the sound. They make that string for shorties too so I'll put them on the Japan J - I'll bet with the short scale thing going I'll be able to get a pretty fat thumpy sound out of it with those strings. Good enough for me.
     

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