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MIJ vs. CIJ? what's the difference?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Juniorkimbrough, Dec 29, 2005.


  1. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    what's the difference between a bass "Made in Japan" vs. a bass "Crafted in Japan"??
     
  2. I may be wrong but MIJ means the bass was made and assembled in Japan and CIJ means the parts were made in Japan but assembled at a different location.
     
  3. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    Nope, they were all MIJ until they ran out of numbers, and then they changed it to CIJ just for new serial number.

    There's no difference in quality, just the years. MIJ's are older, CIJ's are newer.
     
  4. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
  5. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    I thought the Crafted in Japan description meant they were non export models and the Made in Japan were the cheaper basswood models shipped out of Japan.
     
  6. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Nope, all a serial number thing as said above.

    I think the switch was sometime around 2001 or 2002
     
  7. Hmm, my Noel Redding sig jazz is from 1997 and sports the CIJ on the back of the neck (heel end). On that particular bass it is not a serial number question since they only made 1000 of them ;)
     
  8. soholounge

    soholounge

    Aug 11, 2004
    Colorado
    i've seen this discussed here at least a dozen times.
    a search would provide some info.
     
  9. Guess you learn something new everyday. Thanks for the correction.
     
  10. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    Well, I'll get the white-out and paint over "Fender expert" on my resume then.

    Crafted does sound much better though.
     
  11. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    thanks for you helpful input!

    I ask because I just purchased a MIJ which the serial number says is from somewhere between '84-'87.
     
  12. zombywoof5050

    zombywoof5050

    Dec 20, 2001
  13. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    I wonder why the E + 6 digit serial numbers cover such a wide range of years while everything else doesn't?