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HELP: Is this a genuine 1993-1994 MIJ Fender Precision Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kryspinski, Oct 6, 2017.


  1. Kryspinski

    Kryspinski

    Jan 30, 2014
    Hi guys.
    Just came across this MIJ bass that seems really nice. I had a couple of 90ties MIJ PBasses, thought they looked slightly different. There are 2 things that are making me suspicious whether it is genuine... :-(

    1 - the 70ties headstock - did they even make 70s style PBasses in 1993-1994? I only had 50ties and 60ties style ones...
    2 - the made in japan "handwritten" sign - weird, never seen it on a MIJ bass...

    Any thoughts? Thanks a ton!
     

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  2. bigtone23

    bigtone23

    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    Though it's plausible, I have never seen a cursive Made In Japan logo like that in the wild.
    Fender Japan did make 70s style P basses, though. Those I have seen.
     
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  3. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    That doesn't look like a P neck width. The script is a first for me. I'm calling shenanigans.
     
  4. Kryspinski

    Kryspinski

    Jan 30, 2014
  5. Kryspinski

    Kryspinski

    Jan 30, 2014
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  6. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Never seen that decal before - looks fake to me. Didn't they all say "Crafted In Japan" in that era??
     
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  7. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    How much are they asking?
     
  8. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    I call fake. Script? Nah.... Headstock shape is off, and small. They weren't doing 70s series reissues 25 years ago...
     
  9. tb4sbp

    tb4sbp

    May 9, 2017
    North East
    Fender started putting Crafted in Japan in 1997
    That serial number is from 1993-1994
    Not saying that it is real just that is what Fender's web site states
     
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  10. tb4sbp

    tb4sbp

    May 9, 2017
    North East
    I just saw an old post for a 1993 MIJ 70's p bass so I guess the model is real
     
  11. pablop

    pablop

    Apr 28, 2009
    Los Angeles CA
    I've owned japanese basses with the cursive writing, looks real.
     
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  12. tb4sbp

    tb4sbp

    May 9, 2017
    North East
    The picture on Reverb that I saw has an identical head stock to yours
    I know there are fakes but yours is starting to look like it is real
    best of luck with it and if it is real it is a great find!
     
  13. No issues ... fully legit
     
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  14. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Japanese Fender basses with that cursive font?
     
  15. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    IME, the serial info that Fender has about their MIJ stuff is spotty at best. I thought I had one of the first, mid-80s made 70s Reissues because everything about the serial info lined up...
    Then TB experts told me much better info and it was more likely a late 90s version.
     
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  16. Mosfed

    Mosfed

    Apr 21, 2013
    Washington DC
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    No - they didn't. I had a Tele from that exact period that said "made in Japan" in block letters.

    Never seen the script
     
  17. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    On the other hand.. who would go to the trouble of faking one of those? :D
     
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  18. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The script can't be right. I've owned many Japanese Fenders and have seen even more and I've never seen that. Unless several people have it's gotta be phony.
     
  19. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    Fender Japan have made a lot of models for their domestic market that don't get seen outside of Japan often. The PB70 has been in Fender Japan's catalogue since the '80s. I believe this to be a genuine PB70 from the features and, frankly, it is unlikely that anyone would make a fake mid-market Japanese RI.

    The "Made in Japan" and "Crafted in Japan" decals relate to a change in manufacturer - all "Made in Japan" instruments were manufactured by Fujigen. "Crafted in Japan" instruments were made by Dyna and Tokai. Fujigen ceased production around '96/7. Dyna became involved in production around '93 and Tokai in '96.
     
  20. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    I just bought a mid 80s pb70 and the serial number was all but gone, but I could see enough to know it was real, just not %100 sure. So i asked the seller to pop the neck and sure enough it was a MIJ Pb70-70.

    Yours looks like the pb 70-70us. Thats what it should say if they pull the neck and snap pics.

    I would highly suggest asking for that.
     
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