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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Juniorkimbrough, Dec 29, 2005.
what's the difference between a bass "Made in Japan" vs. a bass "Crafted in Japan"??
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.
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.
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.
Nope, all a serial number thing as said above.
I think the switch was sometime around 2001 or 2002
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
i've seen this discussed here at least a dozen times.
a search would provide some info.
Guess you learn something new everyday. Thanks for the correction.
Well, I'll get the white-out and paint over "Fender expert" on my resume then.
Crafted does sound much better though.
thanks for you helpful input!
I ask because I just purchased a MIJ which the serial number says is from somewhere between '84-'87.
The switch from MIJ to CIJ happened in 1997, with early '97 models saying MIJ and later '97 models saying CIJ.
See the Japanese axe dater here:
I wonder why the E + 6 digit serial numbers cover such a wide range of years while everything else doesn't?