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Good price for used J-bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Robynator, Apr 21, 2006.


  1. I'm looking at buying a used/excellent condition Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass, and curious to know how much I should expect to spend, or how much is too much for that matter. I've found a 1997 for $900, and others for as low as $700. I would hope to spend less than a grand. I've looked on Ebay and in various classifieds, any other ideas for good places to look?
     
  2. All I know is that you should definitely be able to buy a used one for under a grand. I bought a new old stock USA Jazz Deluxe for around $850 including tax. Between 7 and 9 are what I'd expect to pay for a good quality J Deluxe.
     
  3. Another point to consider is that the quality really has gone up in recent years, since they started putting SCN pickups in. I believe there have been a few other upgrades too. A 2005 MIA Dlx would be worth more than, say, a 1998 model in the same condition.
     
  4. lefty007

    lefty007

    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    I have had both, and I would definitely try to get a 2005. The older one had a little problem with the higher frets, and the 3 examples that I tried, they all needed a complete fret job. The sound was basically great in both (new and old) but the new ones have some nice upgrades, like 5-bols, new pre, new pickups, rounded heel, etc. Well worth the extra $$.

    I just lucked out and got a blemished one, 2005, from an internet seller, for a little under $1000.

    Fretwork is nearly perfect, minus some rough fret ends.

    You shouldn't pay more than $700 for an older one, unless is mint and does not need a fret job.
     
  5. BrunoLovesBass

    BrunoLovesBass

    Apr 20, 2006
    i found my 1994 jazz bass on ebay for $225, and other than a couple scratches, there is nothing rong with it
     
  6. HELLonWHEELS

    HELLonWHEELS Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2005
    Houston
    A new highway 1 jazz is less than $700 at musiciansfriend. You could get that and change the pickups or something.
     
  7. Thanks for the advice, I think I've found something I'll be happy with now!
     
  8. What'd you get? Post pics?
     

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