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I want a JAZZ.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Possu jam, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. Possu jam

    Possu jam

    May 16, 2004
    And that´s it.

    I currently own three basses, one of them being a Yamaha RBXJM2. Nothing wrong with it, but I dont like it anymore. Dont know why, but, there´s just something too much. IMO it´s too heavy, there´s too much treble and too much strings.
    Now dont get me wrong I dont really think there´s anything wrong with multi string basses but this particular model has pretty much failed so to say... :meh:

    I now would like to change it or sell it, and I´ve been really looking for a Fender jazz. Really. The ones I´ve been haunting are a HW1 and a 60´s classic jazz. I´ve seen a 60´s classic on a store, but dont know do they do trades...

    Anyway... I dont really know why I wrote this, but maybe you could tell me some of your opinios about these Fenders or the local weather or something like that...
  2. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    The 60´s classic jazz is one of the best basses I have owned in a long time. Don't let people kid you that say they are so-so because they are made Mexico. They are great basses, on par with the MIA Jazz basses. It is a solid built instrument, a great vintage look and feel and a killer sound. It actually has the same pickups as the Hwy1. I think it is the best value dollar-for-dollar bass that Fender makes. Here is mine.....

  3. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    Simplify, man. That's what I'm doing now. Just not down with the active bass tone anymore. Except Stingrays.
  4. do consider the japan ones. :)
  5. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    I got one of those too! (fretless)

  6. Possu jam

    Possu jam

    May 16, 2004
    +1 Vox Populi.

    And Classic jazz... :eek: :eek: Those are sick!! I want one. NOW!
    Do you have any more pics of those?
  7. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Just of the fretless....

    Couple more pics
  8. I am gonna get the Highway One

    Because :

    Made in USA

    Thin finish = more woody sound

    spiral vintage bridge saddles !
  9. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Just be careful not to fall into all the hype, if it USA Fender it is better. Not always the case. Remember MIA and MIM instruments basically start out in the same place, the US. Many components are made in the U.S. like bodies, necks, some electronics....they are then sent to Mexico for finishing and final assembly. My Classic 60's Jazz which is MIM, is much better IMHO then any Hwy1 I played. But they do have the same pickups. I think it is more the vintage look and feel which makes me like it better. Even my Standard Jazz which shares some components with the Hwy1 is a great bass. Sound wise, the pickups in the Hwy1 are better.

    Now I am not knocking the Hwy1, it is a great solid bass for the money. But I wouldn't buy it just because it a MIA.

    Now on the flip side, I just got a '62 Re-issue Jazz Fretless from Japan (with shipping the cost was close to the same as the HWY1). You know what, I have yet to play a new MIA or MIM that comes close to the quality, construction and workmanship of this bass. Hands down the best Fender I have ever played! No wonder Fender does not sell these in the US, would hurt MIA and MIM sales. When I purchase my next Fender.....it will definitely be from Japan.
  10. I would have to agree with Classic Jazz. I purchased a MIM vintage jazz bass for my daughter to learn to play on and I had a MIA jazz 50th sitting around the house at the time. I gotta tell you the truth. The MIM is a better bass. Lighter, more mellow tone, and best of all the neck was thiner.
    I have had basses that cost WAY over 5k and I gotta tell you this MIM Fender was a darn nice bass. IMO :D

  11. Hmm, so should I buy the Japanese ones?
    Unseen, I mean
  12. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    I would....the chances of getting a good one are much better. I know where I purchased mine (guitarjapan.com) they looked over the bass before it was sent to me. It was perfectly setup right out of the box!

    In the case of buying a bass from a big online store like musicianfriends.com, music123.com, samash.com, etc....the stuff rarely gets looked over. It is just picked off the shelf by a warehouse worker and then shipped. So the chances of getting something bad is higher.
  13. Thank you?

    Any other happy japanese Fender owners?
  14. toad


    Jun 26, 2002
    Count me as a happy owner. I just got one while in Japan - walnut finish jazz. Granted, I got to play mine first, but if the criteria you're asking about is craftsmanship, mine is immaculate, plays beautifully, and it was the first one I picked up.

    IME, if I was ordering unseen, I would put alot more confidence in a Fender Japan instrument. I saw rows of them at the music stores along with MIA Fenders that were selling for much more money, and I would say generally the MIJs were better just in terms of finish and fit. They tend to have a very glossy look and feel that the MIAs don't which some might like and some might not (especially if you prefer the Hwy 1 type of finish).

    Whether they're better for you, I really can't say. Everybody has their own preferences in terms of feel and all that. I'm very happy with mine and it's currently taking time away from my MIA 75RI, but that may be a honeymoon thing. But from what I've seen so far, I think if I only had access to MIJ Fenders, I wouldn't be too disappointed.
  15. I've had 4 japan fender basses and i must agree, they are very consistent! great finish but as for the feel, i think they only have lacquered necks so no wood feel. they are great basses for the price and look great too! of all the fenders i've owned, only the '76 really stands out.. ever other one is just somewhere behind chasing the reall vintage tone..

    both my marcus miller's tones were quite thin, '62 reissue's wasn't deep enough, aerodyne's was too hollow.

    Just my 2 cents worth.