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Is there a good looking fender for under $700?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by arjue, Nov 12, 2001.

  1. I hear that fender create the best basses for that price range, But all of the pictures i've seen of them look crappy. Is there a funky looking fender that looks as good as it plays for under $700?
  2. A crappy looking Fender? Okay.....
    You do know that pretty much every bass is based on the Fender design, dont you?
    I reckon Fender's look kickass
  3. Well.....

    I got my MIA Fender `98 P from www.basspalace.com for $500.00(plus shipping) and
    I am quite partial to the look and the sound.:D

    She is in near mint condition and a dream to play!
    Go used young man,go used!!!:)

    P basses ROCK!
  4. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    umm.. Fender not funky??? Fender IMO is one of the Kings of funk.. they rock man. And well maybe b/c it doesn't have a tiedie finish you don't think its funky... but the fender Jazz bass has enough room for funk in its list of tones that you won't buy another bass.. Unless you are just looking for a bass that looks cool.. because everyone knows you should buy bassed on looks :rolleyes: ;) . I'm not trying to unload on you.. just stating my 2 cents
  5. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    DFW, TX
    Personally I think the Fender Styling rocks, but if you don't like the classic ones, maybe you should consider one of the MIM Fender Zones.
  6. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    How could anyone say this isn't a good looking bass? (I show photos of the kids next)
  7. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    That photo I posted is of my MIA JD5. You might run across a used one for $700. You could certainly nab a four string MIA Jazz for that kind of cash.

    If you are into the coffee-table look for basses, Fender is definately not the route to take. The are the creators of the classic look and they are sticking with it for the most part.

    Some of the very latest offerings (zone series?) from Fender have a little more contemporary look, but they are priced well beyond the $700 mark that you mentioned.

    What exactly are you looking for in a bass that Fender can't give you?

  8. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    Wow, I just jumped over to Fender's site and they totally redid it. They have some real nice pics now. Take a look and see for yourself. :)

    Here's one of my favorites:

  9. john4bud


    Dec 23, 2000
    I have the Fender Geddy Lee Signature Jazz bass (pictured in the above post) and I love it. I got it from Bass NW for $675 shipped with a hardcase. It plays like a dream and I love the sound of it. Highly recommended!
  10. <b>Chasarms said...</b>

    How could anyone say this isn't a good looking bass?

    I think it's just wonderful - but I might be biased. Here's mine -


    Actually, mine's a MIM JD4 ;)

  11. you see, i'm not a fan of fenders classic style. I have seen some that I like, but i'm not sure how much they are. Here's a picture of one that I like, but I think its out of my price range. And out of P-basses and J-basses, which has the nicer mid tone? do they have any deadspots? and what kind of bass is in the picture?
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  13. Looks like a Vintage-Style Jazz Bass probably '75
    and that would be approximately $1950... way out of your $700 pricerange
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=340411">
    This is the ultimate "Classic Style Fenders" You're contradicting yourself. It looks like a 70's Jazz bass & in that condition I've seen them sell for over $2000. Maybe closer to $2500.

    If you really like it, you caould look on eBay. They make a Japanese 75 Re-issue & I've seen them sell for $500-700. The only thing is the Japanese models don't have the pick-up covers.
  15. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    For the above look, you need one 75 Japanese re-issue. $600 or so. A vintage tortoise pickguard and the pickup covers (also known as ashtrays) You could put together a bass that looks just like the one that you posted for $700. Although I haven't seen very many of the jazz re-issues out there for sale. BUt it could be done for sure.

    If you don't mind giving up the bound neck and the block inlays, you could get a MIM sunburst jazz bass, add the ashtrays and have the whole thing for much less.

    I did notice that you are in Australia. Are you talking Australian dollars?

  16. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    in my modest opinion my fender precision is wonderful!
    i don't have a camera. try to imagine it: black with black pickguard and maple neck.
  17. I see. Well, I can only afford the $700 through a payment plan at the closest music store, so getting a second hand bass is out of the question.

    How much are MIM basses approximately?

    oh, and i'm talking about american dollars, so its an approximate figure.
  18. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    A good looking fender? all fenders look the same....only 2 different varyations. peace
  19. There's a picture of an identical bass in the book "The Fender Bass" by Klaus Blasquiz, except that it has the chromed covers on it. The caption for that picture says:

    "A classic through the decades; a black maple p-bass with maple neck."

  20. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    basspalace.com might be your best bet. Personally, I like the beat up looking ones. They sound good, and they have character.

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