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Help with Fender Serial Number

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by markdavid, Apr 19, 2009.


  1. markdavid

    markdavid

    Jun 29, 2007
    Hi all ,

    I have a CIJ Fender Jazz bass I need to find out a bit more info about ,was hoping someone out there may be able to help, the person I bought it from tells me it is a 98 Jazz bass , however doing a search seems to suggest that the bass may be dated earlier than this (around 85-86 , if anybody can confirm this please) . The serial number is A035243 , I was hoping somebody may be able to tell me a bit more about the date of this bass and the type of Jazz bass (initially i thought it may be a 62 reissue due to the bridge cover, and due to the truss rod cover being at the end of the neck rather than at the headstock end).
    Any help appreciated
     

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  2. slyjoe

    slyjoe Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2008
    Valley of the Sun (AZ)
    I believe 62 reissues have stocked pots - the reflections in the picture make it a little hard to tell for me. Serial would seem to indicate Japanese from 85/86.
     
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    According to this web site....
    http://www.guitarsjapan.com/fenderchart.html

    A+6 digits could be either. If it's MIJ then you are right, it's mid 80's. If it's CIJ then the seller was right. It's a 98-99. Go all the way to the bottom of the chart for CIJ numbers. As for the difference (CIJ vs. MIJ), THAT is the most debated topic in the Fender universe. Do a thread search and you should come up with a dozen or so just on this forum.

    All that being said, I have a 93-94 MIJ Jazz and I LOVE it. It is quickly turning into a main player for me. ENJOY! Nice bass you got there!
     
  4. markdavid

    markdavid

    Jun 29, 2007
    Sorry , I get confused with MIJ , CIJ sometimes , its a CIJ jazz , will edit other posts , thanks for the help guys
     
  5. markdavid

    markdavid

    Jun 29, 2007
    Thanks, pots are not stacked , just standard v/v/t , it was the truss rod at the end of the neck like on the vintage fenders that made me think it may be a 62 reissue , slightly better picture attached
     

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  6. markdavid

    markdavid

    Jun 29, 2007
    Thanks for the link , was very helpful, bass plays ok but is in need of a setup as the action is kinda high , im planning to get it setup end of this month
     

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