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How to tell a US Special Highway One J Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by agreatheight, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. I have a student who recently bought a used Fender Jazz from Guitar Center for $400. It has some wear and a couple of scratches, but it still seems too good to be true for an MIA Jazz. I am suspecting that it is a US Special One and not a MIA. Is there anyway to tell for sure?

  2. One difference I always seem to noticeis, that the body's finish isnt glossy, and more grain looking, and not as shinny.
  3. If you can't tell by looking, feel the body - the finish is very different. It's a satin laquer finish, and you should see the wood grain.
  4. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    Besides the thin finish, I think the Highway Ones have their truss rod access hole at the headstock, not where the fretboard meets the body.
  5. Thank you sir, that does seem to be true! I will check her bass at our next lesson.
  6. Spiral Bridge on Highway One
    Not Schaller Tuners on Highway One
    No string-through body bridge on highway one
    No case
    Satin Finish
  7. Well then, I guess she really did get a MIA for $400 @ GC. I know the bass is string through and came with a case. Never underestimate a cute girl's ability to bargain, lol.

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