Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rafterman, Sep 19, 2001.

  1. Rafterman

    Rafterman Guest

    Nov 29, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA.
    when we're talking mexican and american fender jazz basses, then the only difference is the construction, huh?

    cuz i know that the mexican made ones now have American made pickups on them, right?

    and that the American ones have the reinforced graphite neck and the mexican ones do not, or do they?

    someone help me out here...are the MIMs worth it?
  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    The bodies and necks for the Mim and Mia instruments are made in the USA factory. BUT the Mim bodies are made of poplar (with maple front/back on sunburst models). THe Mia Bodies are alder or ash (blonde and white blonde have ash). The new Mia range has less pieces of wood in body construction. The Mim necks are less pretty than the Mia ones.

    The pickups and electrics are different.

    The Mim basses are made to a price and IMHO are very good value. A guitar playing mate of mine just bought a Mim Jazz and its excellent. I tried one other (a sunburst) and it was good too. BTW I have had a Mim Strat for 3 years. Some people have played that Strat then announced that they wanted one.

    MIa is 'better' than Mim because it was designed to be so. I think that the Mim P's and J's (and Strat and Teles) are the best value in that price range. Going for a second hand one makes it even more so.

    If you do go for one try loads as quality and dimensions vary on mass production instruments.
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I agree w/CS. The only thing I feel he left out is that the hardware on the MIM basses arent as good as the MIA (I had a MIM strat & the hardware held up fine). The tuning machines & bridge are good, but they could be up-graded. I had a MIM P once & as I was playing it, the bridge saddle of the "E" string would get lower & lower. LOL. They're great basses & w/a few modifications, are just as good as/better than the MIA series.
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  4. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    I had the same friggin problem on my MIM Jazz, but it was the G saddle that would drop on it's own. I finally got fed up and yanked the damn thing out. Now I have a 3-string Jazz. I figure, Jaco did it with 4, and I ain't nearly as good as he, so I'll start with 3 and work my way up to 4. :D

    (Truth is, I'm waiting for my Gotoh 201 to arrive so I can pop it in.)
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Xavier, you can put a little superglue on the screws, to keep them in place.
  6. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Can I use this as my signature???????? :D :p
  7. Shhhh, or you'll put Gotoh out of business..:D
  8. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    Be my guest. I expect full credit.....

  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Well, Tony levin has a Custom Made 3 string Music Man StingRay . The p/u looks really weird w/3 poles. :p
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member


    He lost it in a house fire.
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  12. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I thought it was in a barn fire. Didn't he send it back to Musicman Co. (is that what it is called? I don't have a clue.), and asked for a refund?
  13. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000
    which strings did the bass exactly have?
  14. I'd guess E, A, and D.
  15. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000

    they should have all the answers you need