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Inconsequential controversies in basses today...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nerkoids, Sep 19, 2018.


  1. nerkoids

    nerkoids

    Jan 3, 2014
    Montreal
    Curious. I'm thinking, the MiM 60s Classic kinda looks... better of the two?

    Discuss...

    MIM-Jazz.jpg

    MIA_Classic-Jazz.jpg
     
  2. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    Indianapolis
    They look the same to me. Does that mean I’m bassist?
     
  3. I agree, I prefer the tinted headstock. Although the bridge pickup spacing seems different...
     
  4. James Collins

    James Collins

    Mar 25, 2017
    Augusta, GA
    Why is the body longer on the American?
     
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  5. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie Supporting Member

    I believe the angle at which the photo was taken makes the body shape look different.
    The top photo was taken with the camera centered over the neck.
    The bottom photo was taken with the camera centered over the body.

    I kind of like the look of the aged headstock, too.
     
  6. matty1039

    matty1039

    Oct 26, 2015
    New Orleans
    Something like that. The strap buttons are both over the 12th fret.

    Also, agreed. the tinted headstock looks better. Is that the ground wire going from the pickup to the bridge on the Original?
     
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  7. Ghastly

    Ghastly

    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    I'll be the oddball and say I like the American better. I've had the tinted resin headstock before and don't like it in person. Plus the American has a tugbar and grounding strap. ;)
     
  8. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    The paint job on the MiM is almost a clown burst compared to the MiA.

    It appears as though little or no attempt to blend the red has been made.
     
  9. SpazzTheBassist

    SpazzTheBassist

    Jun 20, 2006
    Im a goofball....I still prefer "P = dots" and "J= Blocks" :D ......even though one of my J basses, a 2004 USA Jazz, has dots :D
     
  10. nerkoids

    nerkoids

    Jan 3, 2014
    Montreal
    I guess one has to pay more than double to avoid Clownburstits...
     
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  11. lug

    lug

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Prefer American original by about 37%.
     
  12. cholyoke

    cholyoke Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2016
    Rubber City
    I like my tint to come from natural aging/abuse. The burst on the American is brighter as well as the headstock. New basses should be bright and shiny.
     
  13. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Even more inconsequential for us leftys!
     
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  14. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    Consider: 'original' 60s basses didn't come with tinted headstock (the result of aging). So while the color difference is a matter of taste, the AO is closer to original specs in that particular regard.
    I wonder how many who really dislike relicing (Road Worn) still dig tinted headstocks.
     
  15. The American has what appears to be proper bridge PUP spacing, while the Squier has the same as a 70's J- the bridge PUP was moved closer to the bridge.

    More funk in the 70's (or at least Geddy Lee perhaps)? LOL
     
  16. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    The burst on the MIM is kind of paint by numbers. Other than that I don't really like either of them.
     
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  17. Holdsg

    Holdsg Talkbass > Work Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    I like the tort guards. that's about it.
     
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  18. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    I'd pay extra for the American Original any day. Better bridge, better pickups, better pots, better tuners, better looking burst job, and way more authentic to the 60's jazzes considering the pickguard mounting screws, tugbar, grounding strip, ect.
     
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  19. Fun Size Nick

    Fun Size Nick

    Feb 21, 2006
    Hong Kong
    The spacing is the same, it's just the position of the camera that is making it look different. The appearance of the knobs and rear pickup are the giveaways - you can see the sides of both on the Classic '60s but not on the AO. If the Classic (not a Squier, btw) had '70s spacing, there would be a bigger gap between the pickup and pickguard.

    I think they both look great, fwiw. I'll have one of each, thanks.
     
  20. MattZilla

    MattZilla

    Jun 26, 2013
    CNY

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