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natural fenders?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frankencow150, Nov 24, 2001.


  1. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    how can i get a natural fender jazz bass?do they cost more,less?would i have to pay extra?just wondering cuz i think they look alot better natural.i would either get a light pedulla color(i dunno anything about woods) or the dark warwick color.
     
  2. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    the natural fenders are made of ash and cost about $100 more. This is because ash costs more than alder. you can get a natual fender from anywhere they sell fender basses.
     
  3. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    and here's a pic of a natural fender precision bass. unfortunately, you cant get it lighter or darker because ash is just one shade:

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  4. As far as I know, Fender only offers natural in their MIA line? Am I mistaken?

    If you don't want to spend that kind of money, you can always get a MIM (It will be poplar I'm fairly certain) and pay someone to sand it down to natrual and finish it with lacquer or whatever. Even my old Squire looked really good like this. I did it myself, but if you aren't careful with the sander you can make it look really ugly :(
     
  5. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    I would have to disagree. Poplar looks pretty blah. It would be a better bass if you left the finish on it, or even refinished it a different color. But I wouldnt want a natural poplar bass.
     
  6. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    i was looking more towards a jazz.on a p-bass or jazz would it change the tone at all for getting it natural?just wondering
     
  7. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    now that i see it with a white pickguard,the lighter wood would be much better.so if i got a natural finished p-bass it would be more than the normal one?thats strange
     
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    You don't see many natural Jazzes. I've never seen one in a store, only in pictures. Except for the MM model.
     
  9. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    To answer your first question, yes, the tone would change. Regular MIA Jazz and Precision basses are made out of alder. The natural ones are made out of ash. Ash has different properties than alder. It is supposed to sound better. Do a search for alder or ash and you'll get tons of reasons why theyre different. But ash is better, IMO.

    Yes, it would cost more than the normal one. This is because, as stated above, ash costs more than alder. The natual finished bass is ash, so it costs more. Ash is better wood. It looks and sounds better, so it costs more. There you go!
     
  10. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    That is so true! I had to order mine. When it arrived I was blown away by it's appearance. The tortoise shell pick guard and rosewood board really set it off. Then the tone kicked in when it was played. Great looks, great tone and it plays easy. Yeah, I'm happy! :)
     
  11. Old Blue

    Old Blue

    Mar 18, 2000
    Texas
    The bass player in a local band has a natural J with a black pickguard and rosewood fretboard. Looks and sounds REAL nice.
     
  12. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    i got a few more questions:

    Does anybody know any sites that sell natural standard p-bass or jazz bass,or even MIM???

    How much do you think a store would do it for me?The store I live by are really nice people and good prices.(Victor Litz).
     
  13. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    This is where I got mine. I know that they'll do it for you and they ship anywhere! Ask for Jason. Tell him that Charles sent you. Their prices are hard to beat also.

    Drum City-Guitarland
     
  14. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    ebozz im on the site right now but i dont see any fender basses,and how was yours,and what were yours specs(jazz,p-bass)did u get any different parts or did it come new with the normal fender parts???
     
  15. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    Check your email!
     
  16. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    frankencow, only american series fender basses come in natural ash. you cant get any MIM or standard series ones with that finish. only MIA ones. theyre about $900 for an american series with natural body.

    In case you didnt know, heres some info about the different kinds of Fenders:

    MIA = Made in America
    MIM = Made in Mexico

    -and-

    • Standard series - MIM, basic features
    • Deluxe series - MIM, with extra features
    • American series - MIA, basic features
    • Hot Rodded American Series - American series with extra features
    • American Deluxe Series - MIA with all premium features like noiseless pickups and abalone dot inlays. Highest quality fender basses available; feels more like a "custom shop" bass.

    A basic Fender bass that is made in america is the American Series.
     
  17. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    i could never afford 900 for a bass,well not now.im a begginer too(7 months about) i was thinking of getting a fender maybe next april-may.thanks though!
     
  18. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    Oh man! You had to have some idea what the cost would be when you posted. You even contacted me via email enquiring about cost and where you could get one! What was the point? :confused: If you just wanted to know what they cost and how they looked, just ask that! I think you mislead a lot of the people who posted into thinking that you were ready to buy. :(
     
  19. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    well yeah i mislead people alot,im ashamed of it,sniffsniff.just kidding.well if i thought that he would sell them for 400,because i found a used fender jazz for 300,and i heard it was 100 for the as finish.so i thought it would be 400,but 900,not right now!wayyyyy too much.
     
  20. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    How you think that you're going to get a new American Fender for $400.00 is beyond me! As for the sniffs, :rolleyes: yes you did mislead me as well as a few others who posted here. If you knew that all you could afford was $300.00 you probably would have received very different answers to your questions if you had told us that.

    People took the time to try to provide you with helpful answers to what you were asking. Now it turns out that what you were asking about doesn't match what you are looking for at all! That's a little frustrating to say the least! Knowing what I know now, I never would have tried to help you. I'm done.