Is there a quality medium scale Fender Jazz or equivalent?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassman8416, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. Bassman8416

    Bassman8416 Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Long Island,New York
    I love everything about Fender jazz basses. I recently purchased a 80 something 62 reissue, American made.
    Love the tone, feel, issue is I have arthritis in my left pinky due to breaking it when I was like 17 yrs old. I am now 53 and time has caught up. My other bass is a medium scale Alembic Spoiler...besides loving that bass, it is easy on my hand due to the scale(narrow neck is great as well). I have seen the basses made in Japan. The aerodyne basses, not exactly a jazz, but can you get the same tonality as a jazz. Are there any other options that someone can suggest? Thank you for your time and help.
  2. Bassman8416

    Bassman8416 Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Long Island,New York
  3. RedHotFuzz


    Mar 16, 2014
    Medium scale is a rare bird. Unfortunate for me, as I've determined it's the scale size that fits me best.

    I turned to Warmoth for my P/J bass. A good way to spec out exactly what you want in a high-quality piece at a reasonable price.
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  4. reddog


    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    Got a killer mij 34" P with a jazz neck... Cool... but cant play it. rugby ruined MY fretting pinky in '82. Luvvin my 32" gypsy rose.

    Have you tried playing 5 ers?
  5. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    If you say "medium scale" or "32" in a thread on talkbass, you are sure to get a visit from BassHappy before too long. From Fender, there are some Japanese medium scales that turn up from time to time. However, I suggest keeping your eyes open for a Fender Urge I. They we made through most of the 90's. The MIM had jazz pickups and the MIA has a JPJ picup configuration and a Kubicki-like preamp. They are medium scale, and IMO, the MIA Urge I is the best Fender I have ever played. Consistently the best Fender I have played - I have never run across a "bad" one.

    (@BassHappy: Somebody is singing your song...)
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  6. RedHotFuzz


    Mar 16, 2014
    I've been watching for used medium scale basses for many months. Every once in awhile something will appear but nothing that has piqued my interest. Finding a used medium scale bass is even harder than finding a new medium scale bass, which is pretty hard already.
  7. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Rondo has 32" scale P's, J's, and PJ's. Then there's the Squier tele bass special that has a jazz pup and a humbucker. Then there's MIJ Fender 32 inch jazzes if you wanna spend about $1400 to get one here from Japan.
  8. If your gonna get an Urge get the artist. The standard was meh!
  9. Thanks for the kind words WV... Medium scalers are a bit of an obsession...

    Looks like you have some good links to medium scalers there already WV~

    Hey Bassman

    There are a number of brand new Fender Jazz basses in medium scale on ebay right this minute. Don't know why I see $1400 from another poster? I have never seen them anywhere near that. They are mostly in the mid $800's with around $100 - $150 bucks for shipping. So usually delivered to your door for under a grand. If you keep an eye out, you will see new ones in the high $600's from time to time and even the low to mid $700's.

    For the new ones just do a search on "Fender Jazz Bass MIJ medium Scale" and they will come up. I usually just search on "Fender Bass Medium Scale" or "Bass Guitar medium scale". Not searching much these days, but I put ticklers in on ebay so when a new item is posted I get an email notification. I am preoccupied with my Fender Performer Build in medium scale and the Les Paul Bass build in medium scale I am starting on. I am pretty happy with my Fender collection. If I could find a three color burst mid-80's P Bass in medium scale in good shape I would spring for it, but other than that my Fender collection is pretty complete.

    PS: I am a wood guy, rather than paint, so for me three color burst is my only option. Here is my medium scaler, bought it new in like 2007 or 2008.


    I don't see any bursts at the moment, but if you email the dealers selling the red white and black ones, they probably have access to burst, and they are usually the same price. Here they are on the Fender Japan Site:

    EDIT: Opps, looks like they changed the way the Fender Japan site works. Go to the link and hit PRODUCTS at the top of the menu bar. Then select JAZZ BASS. Go to the sidebar menu on the left and hit JB62M. The bass is a 1962 replica and the M is for medium. Lots of other really good suggestions on here but - sigh - I hate to say it - there is nothing quite like a Fender.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2014
  10. reddog


    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    Alas... Rondo only has fretless jazzes.
  11. RedHotFuzz


    Mar 16, 2014
    Also Google Cataldo as well as Lowe Custom Guitars. Both builders are active on these forums and both will do a medium scale. I'm waiting anxiously to see Lowe's new Ridler bass in a completed state. Neither do a Jazz bass but have some compelling models nonetheless.
  12. Bassman8416

    Bassman8416 Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Long Island,New York
    Thank you very much for all the info guys. Really interested in the Urge Signature, but also the 3TS-JB62M looks really cool. That one BassHappy looks killer.
  13. tjh


    Mar 22, 2006
    .. this one is already in the states ...

    .. also, you can get a straight Jazz Aerodyne, not just P/J's in 32" scale ... local MN TB'er had one, very nice bass, I was very tempted but broke when he put it up for sale ... he did have an issue with the soft basswood body on his and installed 'inserts' where needed if I remember correctly ...
  14. Bassman8416

    Bassman8416 Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Long Island,New York
    Yeah I reached out to the seller, asking some basic questions...mainly is the neck straight? He replied yes.
  15. Hey thanks bassman

    Truthfully, it is everything i wished my 1972 full scaler Jazz Bass was.
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  16. ubernator


    Oct 30, 2004
    lost angels
    It is a different flavor, but the gibson sg bass in satin cherry for about $800 street new, USA made, played really easy and had a nice tone selection too. Mine got stolen not long after I got it unfortunately.
  17. Nice bass, I loved mine growing up - but it is short scale not medium scale...
  18. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    Agreed. I think Fender MIJ quality, fit and finish are top-notch, too.

    But if you want a custom "Fender-style" 32", Jimmy Wilson at Landing Guitars near Pittsburgh can offer you lots of options (in 32 or 30 inch scales).

  19. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    if you are wiling to go with a custom built traditional jazz, jimmy wilson (landing) or brad muckelroy are specialists in medium scale basses. get a traditional jazz, send them the guts and hardware and have them build it up.

    the urge (series 1) models and the 80s mij squiers are excellent instruments, but they vary from a traditional jazz bass. the squier is a bit like a 9/10 scale version of a jazz, slightly smaller neck, body, etc. birdsong has resurrected the s.d. curlee brand. status is another builder that does some medium scale instruments on a regular basis. and of course there is warmoth....