How much is this beat up Made in Japan Squier Worth?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by b to g is yummy, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    "Beaverton, Oregon, United Kingdom"

    Someone made a mistake listing it one the second site.
  2. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    That's weird that it's running on two different sites. My gut says walk away from it but $325 ain't that bad for that bass.
  3. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Looks like someone inadvertently posted on two sites. I wouldn't bid on the second site as it looks like that one is not going to be valid. $350 inclusive of shipping is the tops I'd pay for the bass given it's condition. I believe the range is $300-500 for a MIJ Squier . As it's made in Japan, even though it's labelled a Squier, the quality of the bass is comparable to a Fender MIM.
  4. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    The listing in the UK ended on Nov 10 (or Oct 11) and it sold for $275. The US listing is newer and probably the new owner... that, or its the same guy but it never shipped to the UK winning bidder. Hard to say, but he shhould have an answer for you if you simply ask him.
  5. Thrash3r


    Aug 5, 2013
    The wileyco site just reposts ebay auctions, click on "Click Here To See Full Advert" and it takes you to the ebay auction.
  6. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    Well, imo, ime, MIJ Squiers have some variance. An E or A serial # will likely get less than an SQ or a JV Serial #, fwiw. Typically, it's JV, then SQ, then E, then A, etc.
    Again, not all Squiers are the same.
  7. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Absolutely right. Sorry didn't add this info. JV (the first series of MIJ Squiers) is the one that's valued a lot. "Made in Japan" and "Crafted in Japan" have different values. I think the "A" series are still worthy basses, they're still within the MIJ time period I believe. Can you clarify if this is true wraub?
  8. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    i paid 365 for my 84 A series vintage white jazz recently in joshua tree, after i did the the pickups swap and threaded bridge replacement it's a beast, the original pickups actually sounded good, but i won some really sweet alleva c pickups at a raffle and i put those in to try them out, the tuners are great, the neck is great, and the tone knob is super responsive
  9. kenjikun


    Apr 27, 2008
    "Made in Japan" and "Crafted in Japan" have the same values IMHO. The JV, SQ, A and E series were much valued because these were the first batches of Fender Japan guitars and basses. But as an owner of JV, A and E series basses and guitars, I can say that the newer Fender Japan guitar and basses are better built and more consistent. However, I find my JV, A and E series basses and guitars the best in playability and tone than my newer Fender.

    Also be aware that most A and E serial Squier Precision bass were MEDIUM scale. In fact, I even had a late 1984 JV Squier Precision bass that is a medium scale.

    The A series are still very worthy basses because A serial was introduced just after the exit of JV serial and there were high probability that some A serial were actually left over JV.

    Regarding the E serial, although Fender Japan officially stated that the E series was made between 1984-1987, that was not absolutely correct. I have never seen any E series which had number 4 after the E prefix. I have seen 5 (1985) up to 9 (1989). So the E series was made between 1985-1989 IMHO.

    I have never owned an SQ because it was meant for the export market and not sold in domestic market.