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Is this guy valid about this Made in Japan Fender?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by modulusbassist, Oct 27, 2001.


  1. He says it's a collector's item? Then how come no bids?

    Strange
     
  2. check out the pic w/ he "made in japan". kinda looks like he blurred out the real deal below, then typed that in w/ photoshop. compare it to the distance pic of the back of the bass...I see a discrepancy, personally.
     
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Does Fender do photo finishes like Yamaha? I looks like that...
     
  4. I have owned one of these, also a matching Jazz, and they are very good. They are NOT collectors items, but they are pretty darn good. They are light, have very vintage style necks, right down to guitar size fret wire, and have very good pickups. They are indeed made in Japan, and the only thing wrong with them is the "fotoflame" IMO. For those that dont know, it's a photographic film of flame maple laid on the body and then somehow treated. Many makers today still use it (Nino-your Sad. might have it....haha, just kidding), eg; Yamaha BBN4, Ibanez BTB, Washburn etc. I think that if Fender Japan had produced these with a regular finish, they would have had a winner.
    BTW, I stripped the fotoflame off both mine, and refinished them in solid colours.
     
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    yeah, that's a foto-flame. might even be one of those hamburgler necks :D
     
  6. Tim Schnautz

    Tim Schnautz

    Jan 30, 2000
    I's neat but not THAT collectable.
    I've seen Photo Flame J bass's go for less.
    Tim
     
  7. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    DC
    Is it just me or is the bass left handed in the picture of the entire bass and right handed in all the other pictures? I'm guessing the guy was messing around in photoshop and flipped the image. Of course there's no way to tell what else he did in photoshop.
     
  8. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    PDX
    The Ibanez BTB has a quilted maple top, at least that's what they say.
     
  9. melvin

    melvin

    Apr 28, 2001
    Yeah it looks like that to me too. And in the headstock close up, doesnt the headstock look to fat compared to other Fenders?
     
  10. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    The grey thing below the "made in Japan" text is the serial number. That's how they do it. No discrepancy, IMO.
     
  11. <b>Deman669 said...</b>

    check out the pic w/ he "made in japan". kinda looks like he blurred out the real deal below, then typed that in w/ photoshop. compare it to the distance pic of the back of the bass...I see a discrepancy, personally.

    <hr>
    I grabbed the neck jpg and blew it up to 300% with Photoshop 6. The "made in japan" is fake - if you blow it up and look at it I think it's pretty clear.

    Also, the headstock decal looks funky under magnification but may be genuine. There's no truss rod adjustment at the headstock but I've seen other MIJ Precisions without it.

    One more thing to look at - this isn't a player's instrument. If you look at the bridge either the intonation is <b>way</b> wrong or the neck's tweaked.

    caveat emptor,

    allan
     
  12. Tim Schnautz

    Tim Schnautz

    Jan 30, 2000
    Allen, can you post the jpg?
    Tim
     
  13. <b>Tim Schnautz asked...</b>

    Allen, can you post the jpg?

    <hr>

    Here it is...
     
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You guy's have too much time on your hands. :p:D. The bass looks legit. I've seen many Foto Flames & it seems ok. The only thing I see wrong w/it is the seller is asking $600 for it w/a Buy it Now price of $650.

    I think I'm gonna trade my Sadowsky for it. :p
     
  15. Tim Schnautz

    Tim Schnautz

    Jan 30, 2000
    Allen:
    Hey, thanks man.

    it looks a little odd to me.
    it could be legit, but not for my money, at even half the BIN.
    THANKS!
    Tim
     
  16. superphat

    superphat

    Sep 30, 2001
    my fender jazz (geddy lee) is made in japan,
    and it says "crafted in japan"
    and not "made in japan"
    although that could be a legitimate difference between differing models, in light of the other posts here, it's made me suspicious.
     
  17. He even says that it beats out American made Fenders and Custom Shop Bass? Hellllllllloooo? Essquueze me?

    I can't believe this guy spends the time describing this bass. No wonder there's no bid.

    I'll take it for $50 bucks.
     
  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    He's trying to sell the bass. What do you think he's gonna put in the description:

    "The bass plays like $hit. Alot of USA models & all Custom Shop models blow it out of the water."

    :D

    I still think it's legit & he's asking too much for it.
     
  19. Zirc

    Zirc

    May 13, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I noticed that too!!!!!!!!!!!!