My New Bass (new to me anyway) Good deal ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JamieIsOnline, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Hi all just thought I'd share with you my new MIM Fender Jazz bass :D Apparently made in 2000, It's in blue but it look slightly purple for some reason came with Flatwounds on which I've never had on before (but are loving)

    I won it on Ebay for £240 but it has a few nicks on the body (pictured) and some of the screws in the pickguard are rusted a little but I just wanted to show you and ask do you think it was a good buy?

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    Jamie :bassist:
  2. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    How does it sound?
  3. If you personally like how she plays and sounds, then it was worth it. Nice color, but, I'd go with a clear, or pearl pickguard.
  4. AGH


    Jun 18, 2013
    Long Island NY
    All of the stuff I got for free wore out!
    It looks good to me. A new set of pickguard screws may make you love your new bass even more!
  5. I think it sounds great. Much prefer it to my current Yamaha BB414.
  6. I think the color is midnight blue. I had one just like that a couple of years ago .it also had a lot of rust but it sounded good :)
  7. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Enjoy! :bassist:
  8. Very nice!
  9. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Then it sounds like you got a very good deal. It'd be easy to replace the pickguard screws, but personally, I'd keep it to groove with the road-wear…gives it some additional personality.

    Are you gonna keep the pickguard or are you going to make it a little more "MINE" and replace it? If so, please post more pics. Many people here will (and already have) suggest color/texture schemes. I've found it's one of the best ways to personalize a bass without making massive alterations. For example, I took a stock Blacktop Jazz…


    …and made it more "ME". All I did was replace the chrome pickguard screws with black ones (very inexpensive) and took a red Sharpie permanent marker to the white pinstripe (astonishingly cheap!).


    Everyone's sense of esthetics are different and very personal…sometimes even downright mercurial. For example, if I had this bass, I'd replace the guard with either a black/cream/black one or even a Black Pearl guard (love 'em!), and of course, the aforementioned black screws. But what speaks to you is your choice alone. We can only recommend.

    Just be warned, trying to replace it with a guard for an "American Standard Jazz" might not be a perfect fit.

    Enjoy your new-to-you bass!
    -Malak the Mad
  10. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    That bass in that condition would be around $2-250 where I live I don't know what British prices are like on the used MIM market. If it was better shape it would be worth upwards of $350 without mods.

    If you want to replace the scratchplate look for a 13 screw config, should match up nicely but you may need to slightly modify a new pickguard.

    And yes, it is Midnight Blue. I don't know the colour code off hand but that is the name.

    Very nice bass by the way, the MIM stuff is pretty good. If you like it, then you got a good deal.
  11. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Now that I look at your pics a second time, why not get a Union Jack pickguard? It'd certainly mesh well with the blue body, no?

    As an American (with a little Cherokee blood, no less) I know I might get a little guff for saying this, but I always thought the Union Jack worked much better than the Stars & Stripes when applied to accessories. It's just a better geometric flow…y'know what I mean?
  12. highway


    Aug 20, 2008
  13. Bill G.

    Bill G.

    Dec 2, 2005
    Baton Rouge
    +1! Blue's my favorite color!