Been playing bass for going on 30 years, though not much the past five. I've reawakened my interest cause my oldest son wants to learn. I've had many basses over the years (started on a Kay - 'member them? - on to Gibson, Fender P, Rickenbacker - which I still have - Warwicks - before they were cool). Was looking in the music store recently to find something for my son and low and behold, walked out with a MIM Fender Jazz for ME! Heck, I only paid $280 for it new - how could I go wrong? Action as set was low and fast, neck intonated (compensated) well - harmonics at 12th and 18th dead-on to fretted note. And had that - well - J Bass sound. Now, someone explain to me what I just bought. I played on some American made and, other than the tuners and a cheap L bridge/tailpiece (which I plan to replace anyway) what are the differences between the two? Besides money that is. Oh, and maybe I'll buy my son one too.