Help me identify this bass! Please!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by evilmaddox, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. evilmaddox


    May 22, 2007
    Kiev, Ukraine
    I recently traded my old Ibanez SR886 with a Fender Jazz Special(started a thread here for opinions, and I decided to do it. whatever.)

    But I cannot seem to find any specs of this bass, and its driving me crazy, because it is an obsession for me to know the exact specifications of my guitars(anyone else has it? please. :bag: )

    I need you guys' help to find this baby's birth year, specs and maybe the electronic diagrams(hopefully).

    Here are the specs that I can tell:

    - MIJ Fender Jazz Bass Special (serial no: 537300)
    - Black painted neck&headstock
    - P body
    - Basslines J(bridge) and P(middle) pickups
    - 4 knobs(one is obviously volume, since it has "volume" written on it. :smug: )
    - Pink-ish colour (still couldnt decide what in the heavens name is that colour. it looks pink, it looks copper, a very little bit of sparkle, etc. etc. but in the photos it looks pink-ish)
    - Rosewood fretboard, 20 frets

    And here are the photos:

    Just the body:

    Whole babe:

    Just the head:

    Thank you everyone for your time.
  2. cvledder


    Sep 6, 2008
    looks like a duff mckagan signature bass

  3. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
  4. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass, the final frontier... Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    A quick look at shows E (letter is important!) is from the years '84 -'87.

    As for your controls - I'm guessing at a vol, mix and and tone for each p-up?
  5. evilmaddox


    May 22, 2007
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Ok ok you got me! :p Guilty as charged, your honor. Please dont kill me.

    The guy who gave me the bass said its an '85, I asked this on Fender forums but the guys were... a bit(!) more serious there. So I decided to ask the nice, kind, helpful and warm-hearted people of TalkBass. *sniff* I love you guys!!:crying:

    Back to bass, I am thinking about what you said thunderitter, and you are probably right. I am still searching for the knobs, but I am a bit hopeless about that.
  6. thejrace


    Oct 3, 2008
    wheres the pickup selector on yours?
  7. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    ^ Blend pot.
  8. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass, the final frontier... Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    Turn everything counter-clockwise/anti-clockwise and then one at a time, with the bass plugged into to an amp, turn them clockwise while plucking a string. Start at the front (nearest the neck) and work backwards. If you hear the bass then you've got a volume pot!

    Once you've found the volume pots, keep them turned on and then experiment with the other (probably two knobs) if they change the sounds from 'dull' to 'bright' when you turn counter-clockwise/anti-clockwise then you've got a tone pot.
  9. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    New England
    That is from the Japanese made Fender "Contemporary Series" from the '80s. Nice basses!
  10. evilmaddox


    May 22, 2007
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Is it a problem that it is MIJ?

    I mean, is it a nice made instrument, or just a 2nd quality Fender?

    And can somebody tell me anything about the woods(body and neck)?
  11. octaverazor


    Jun 3, 2009
    Houma, LA
    Yes, I have a guitar from this same year. Cool guitar, awful color, same as your bass. The wife calls it dark pink, I call it bronze. I think the quality is great.
  12. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Basically, the way Fender quality works (from my understanding):

    MIM < CIJ < MIA

    Other than that, I couldn't tell you a darn thing about it.
  13. evilmaddox


    May 22, 2007
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Why awful? I think it is much more stage-friendly than an all-black-oh-so-metal bass. My older bass was a complete black Ibanez for example, and I loved that babe, but I think this one looks like a, how can I say that, more "not-metal-but-still-has-a-distinctive-style" bass.
  14. It has some similarities to my '88-'89 MIJ Fender Precision Lyte:

    On my bass, the four controls are Volume, Pickup Blender, Bass, and Treble.
  15. wildhorse


    Mar 15, 2009
    About the quality thing between MIM CIJ and MIA.... The MIM and CIJ's are crap... ship them to me and I will dispose of them for you. Send any Squiers you have as well.
  16. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
  17. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Great instrument. The neck is maple (not all of them were painted black, I believe the earlier ones were later ones weren't), rosewood board, basswood body. The nut width was 1.625 (B width on a P bass), but it felt thinner front to back. The body is "cheaper" wood, very light which kind of throws of the balance of the bass IMO, but it's not something I would consider an issue as it's not severe enough to cause neck dive.

    As said above, you should have volume, volume, and a TBX tone control with a three way switch. The original switch acted as a kill switch if you had one pickup off and set it to middle position. I used to use just the P pup on mine because the J was so weak sounding in comparison that it didn't add much to the overall tone. The basslines are not original to the bass, but I do see a lot of these basses which have been upgraded with at least a basslines J if not both P and J.

    The TBX tone control is something you'll have to look into because I can't remember the exact specs, but it should have a center position like an active boost/cut knob would have. Down from that spot it works like a normal fender tone control. Up from that spot it acts as a treble boost (I think). The order on that might be reversed as well. Like I said, you'll have to look it up.

    Just for fun, here's a pic of the one that used to be mine:


    I had a solo pic somewhere but I can't find it now. I sold mine about a year ago when I bought another fretless P since that's all I really used this one for. Mine was also an E5..., so that put it (and yours) round about 1985.
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  18. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    It looks like your jack may have been replaced as well, mine was flush with the body, although I had some scuffing along the bottom edge so mine may have been pushed in by an impact at one point.
  19. evilmaddox


    May 22, 2007
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Thank you so much for your time and the info. I really appreciate it guys.