Help with this supposed fender bass "crafted in japan"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pedro Cofre, Sep 25, 2022.

  1. Pedro Cofre

    Pedro Cofre

    Jun 22, 2018
    Yesterday I took my fender P Bass reissue 70's crafted in japan to a luthier to adjust it. in this way we take advantage of the instance to verify its legitimacy. finally we were doubtful since there were things that coincided and others that did not. I will start with the one that seemed strangest to him. one of the jobs was to change the soul screw, since the current one was quite damaged, so the idea was to change it for an original fender screw that I bought on ebay. When testing the new screw, we realized that it was of a larger diameter and did not fit into the hole in the arm. the electronics looked fine, but the serial numbers looked weird where they were located, the number on the body was under the pickups. The previous owner told me that he changed the bridge and the capacitor of the electronics. guitar tech also told me that under the tuner machines it should say japan 1, 2, 3 or 4 depending on the tuner, which it didn't have either. I told him that the bass was crafted in japan and not made in japan, so there is a possibility that he was not correct since he had only reviewed Made in japan basses. according to the serial number my bass must have been made between 1997-2000. I ask the most knowledgeable for help. I leave you some photos.
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    Last edited: Sep 25, 2022
  2. SAE/Imperial nut to a metric TR ?

    I would ask why this 'luthier' was unaware this would not work and have my doubts regarding the truth of his other statements.
  3. Pedro Cofre

    Pedro Cofre

    Jun 22, 2018
    explain yourself pls
  4. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    whats a soul screw? good band name though
  5. Japan , like everywhere else in the world, use the metric system for screws/nuts etc. The USA is the only country that uses SAE/Imperial sizes. While the two systems are similar they do not match and will not fit.

    This is very basic stuff you would expect any 'luthier' to know.
  6. Pedro Cofre

    Pedro Cofre

    Jun 22, 2018
    Screw of trust Road. Google transls
    Screw of trust Road. Google translate jeje.
    Greetings from Chile
  7. Pedro Cofre

    Pedro Cofre

    Jun 22, 2018
    Ok thanks ☺️
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  8. You're welcome.

    You're 'luthier' should also know the numbers stamped on the neck and in the pickup cavity are assembly dates not serial numbers. It appears he knows far less about Fenders than he claims.

    I would find another luthier.
  9. stefanb


    Sep 14, 2017
    As a previous owner of multiple PB70 models, that is one of them. No reason to believe its not genuine.
  10. Paco Leon

    Paco Leon Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2010
    Hollywood, Florida
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  11. rashrader


    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    I am Endorsed by
    Nice looking bass. I hope you get it squared away!!
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  12. kmon

    kmon Supporting Member

    May 11, 2009
    Chocolate Disneyland
    No disrespect to the non-english-speaking OP, I've had my own struggles with learning languages and applaud anyone who ventures out in a language that is not their native one...

    That said, can we PLEASE agree as a community to call truss rod nuts "soul screws" from here on out?
  13. Pedro Cofre

    Pedro Cofre

    Jun 22, 2018
  14. jim nolte

    jim nolte

    Oct 26, 2006
    I thought the same thing, great band name.
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  15. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88 Commercial User

    Sep 16, 2013
    Ontario Canada
    Retail store manager
    The switch to crafted in Japan from made in Japan happened when Fender chose a new manufacturer for its Japanese models. The quality didn’t change and the earliest models from each company are considered some of their best.
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  16. Agreed. I laughed, but figured out what he meant pretty quickly :D
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  17. Bassinthemudd

    Bassinthemudd It's all patterns Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2020
    I second that, and call "dibs" on it as a band name.:bassist:
  18. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member



    @Pedro Cofre

    It appears your 'Luthier' is just a novice hack. Find a real Luthier with real experience and a knowledge of Fender basses.
  19. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    But the good news is that it appears that your bass is authentic, and is a very nice bass!
  20. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    We've all probably been in a band like that.