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Is this legit?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dubsly, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Dubsly


    Apr 1, 2011
    I came by an ad on CL for a medium scale Jazz bass from the mid eighties. I sent him a message about doing a trade and he was interested in what I had, so I requested pictures and he sent them.

    I have a few concerns. After doing some searching, I feel like maybe this was a Squier that someone changed the headstock badge on. And the "Made in Japan" on the heel even looks odd.

    In my search, I also found the ebay ad he purchased it from 6 months ago. In fact, when I search for "e-series medium scale fender jazz" his CL ad and the ebay listing are the only ones that come up.

    So, my questions are:

    1. Is it a Squier badged Fender?
    2. Did Fender Japan make a shortscale Jazz in the eighties that wasn't a Squier?

    I really hate to think that anyone is trying to pull something, but I just haven't been able to find much info on them. Thanks in advance for any help.

    Here's the ebay link


    Here's the pics he sent me.

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  2. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I'll curious to see what everyone thinks of this one. Decal does not look right to me, but I'm no expert.
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  4. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Fender did make medium scale basses in Japan in the mid-late 80's. The photos you posted look completely fine. It's almost certain that bass has not been re-badged.
    MIJ Squiers and MIJ Fenders from the 80's are very close in value. No sensible person would go to the trouble of making an MIJ Squier into a MIJ Fender. You'd lose money doing it.
  5. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Looks right to me.
  6. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    Little off topic but I had a medium scale squier precision and it was the strangest bass ever. It wasn't obviously small like a short scale but never looked right compared to a long scale either. Like someone put a p bass in the dryer.