MIJ Fender Precision bass - no serial number

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dragojl, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. dragojl


    Jul 22, 2020
    Hi guys, I just got a deal for this one (385$) but I'm not sure if it's a fake one.
    Apparently, the bass is from the 80's and the owner says it's bought in London.
    I have no good knowledge of that era, so maybe you could give me a hint.

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  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I think there should be a made in Japan thing and a serial number, and you can buy Fender decals, and there are a million non Fender basses and bass parts shaped just like this, and a lot of people are liars.
  3. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    yep, either back of headstock, but really should be down on neck where it meets pocket in body in my experience.
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  4. FantasticFour


    Dec 14, 2013
    That doesn't look like the right truss-rod adjustment type to me.
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  5. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    That always throws me off when a bass you don't think should have it there actually does. But this one still looks fake.
  6. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Looks wrong!
  7. That neck looks more like a MIM or other. I’m pretty sure it’s not a Japanese neck. Tuners look off as well for Japanese.
  8. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    Parts bass?
  9. The body looks a little off as well, I can’t put my finger on it, but I think you might have a parts bass with a fender sticker on it.

    I can tell you it’s not a mid 80’s E series neck or body. The neck plate looks wrong, and just a bunch of little things that don’t look like any of my mij, CIJ, or other variants. I’m not an expert, but I’m usually close.
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  10. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    $385 would be great for a 80s Japanese Fender. If it was a great parts bass the price is fine too. Is it great? Do you love it? Otherwise you should get your money back if you can.
  11. Bassdirty


    Jul 23, 2010
    I'm no expert, but It seems odd to have that much wear all over the body and none on the neck...?..
  12. dragojl


    Jul 22, 2020
    Ah, I wasn't clear enough. It's not mine, yet. The owner wants 385$ and has a little info about it. I just asked him to disassemble the neck & more pics of what is there.
    But I have less hope now...

    The neck felt odd for my eye as well. I'm no expert, but it looks more like a Squier neck (especially the tuners).

    And now I see that the body looks suspicious, I'll probably just skip this one.

    Thanks for your thoughts, everyone!
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  13. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
    The neck and truss rod access looks similar to my 96 MIJ P. The silver on black logo/satin finish looks right for an MIJ to me, but there's no other text. Seems off. Maybe a refinish or a non fender neck?
  14. Duder


    Dec 6, 2014
    I've seen Japanese Squiers go for more than that. Even to my untrained eye it looks "off". You've made the right choice to stay away from this one.
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  15. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    North AMERICA, USA
    pretty cool looking bass actually. If it sounds are plays good, $385 is a good price IMO whether it's 'real' or not. And for that matter, what actually even constitutes real?
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  16. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    Parts bass for sure, but if it plays and sounds good, still may be an OK deal for the price.
  17. roborend

    roborend Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Rock Island Illinois
    Having a serial and future resale value
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  18. The tuners are the give away. Those aren't MIJ tuners.
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  19. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    I say that is a copy, likely import, of a Fender Precision bass, with an aftermarket logo attached.
    The knobs and tuners are wrong, some of the proportions look "off" too, I vote non-Fender bass.

    That said, it might be good, but it's probably overpriced.
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  20. christpncher


    Mar 25, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    MIM with the serial sanded off

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