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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bubinga5, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. bubinga5


    Jun 6, 2006
    fairly simple question i know... but what do you think these instruments
  2. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    Best jazz bass I ever owned..it was natural, white pickguard with maple board and pearl blocks. I put a badass on it and replaced the pickups as I've done with every jazz I've ever owned.

    I've owned pre-cbs, an actual 76 or 77, and early '00s American, plus squiers and mim's.

    Only reason I sold that one was because I wasn't gigging at the time and the rent was due, dammit.
  3. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Anything MIJ is good.
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    If you asked this question twenty years ago almost every response would have been negative now MIJ just about anything is considered great.
  5. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    As a side question: What is it that makes the MIJs that I've had the pleasure to tinker with so buttery smooth to play? (I'm specifically thinking of a MIJ Geddy Lee Jazz.) The only real bassist at one of my local Guitar Centers claims it's their precise attention to detail when making the frets for the instrument. Anything else of note?
  6. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    Nah. Early '90s the USA-built basses were so inconsistent everyone was fawning over the Japanese ones.
  7. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    The fretjob on my MIJ is good, but not THAT good. For me, what I like about MIJ basses, is that generally the neck shapes feels just right.
  8. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    The frets on mine were great, but my answer is the neck. I like the vintage lower radius fretboard, and thin 70's profile but it was just like was said, "buttery smooth".
  9. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Early 90's Fugigen Fenders are generally very good. In particular I've found the necks to be outstanding.
  10. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    I think they can be great, but just because the bass is MIJ doesn't automatically make it the bee's knees. I played a used MIJ 75 reissue last weekend that had a fairly sizable neck pocket gap and one of the most out of whack string to pickup alignments I've ever seen.
  11. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    Generally speaking, Made in Japan Fenders of that era were built to a fairly high standard. Many of them met or exceeded their American made counterparts, in terms of quality. Just one man's opinion.