MIJ Fenders vs. MIA Fenders

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BASSnSAX, Nov 3, 2001.

  1. What's the difference?
  2. One is made in Japan and the other is made in America?:rolleyes:

    Supposedly the mia is better i.e.electronics,etc.
    All the mijs I have looked at and played have been first rate though!!Often members post on here claiming they(mij) are superior to the mia basses.
    Well,with Fender,the quality and sound can vary big time from bass to bas....wheather from same country,factory,or lot.

    I would`nt have a prob buying a sound mij bass,no sir!!;)
  3. I was just wondering 'cuz I'm thinking of buying the Marcus Miller Jazz Bass and it's an MIJ.
  4. gozan


    Sep 17, 2000
    It so happens I just purchased a used one on Friday. Paid $600.00 . Exact replica of the Master himself. Plays well. Active electronics are a pleasure. No regrets.
  5. You're gonna hate me, but I can get one brand new for $450 w/ a trade in on my Ibanez SR-885.
  6. Does that mean you're getting a trade in value of around $150 on your Ibanez? That doesn't seem like such a great deal.
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I agree.

    BASSnSAX, if you already have $450, I would save up a little longer and either sell the Ibanez or keep it for a backup.
  8. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    All the MIJ specimens I've seen are on par with the US Fenders in terms of quality, fit and finish. If you can find the site for Fender Japan, you'll see a couple of instruments they make there that you can't get here.
  9. That is sound advice Jeff.I have wrestled with the thought of trading my EDC700 for something....but in my heart I know it is not a wise decision. :(

    BassnSax if you can save a little more...or even put what you ;have down and make time payments on the balance.....you will be happier in the long run getting something nice and still having your Ibanez as a backup ax.
  10. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    I know where you may be able to get one new for $660.00. That's what the price was the last time that I checked but that was a few months back. Still, this store is pretty reliable. They normally do about 40% off list on Fender gear. I wouldn't think that the prices have changed much unless Fender increased the price of that bass.