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NBD! Fender Jazz V

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hawkeye, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Canuck Amateur

    I went into one of the local music shops yesterday to browse (always a dangerous proposition) and I came across this lovely Olympic White MIA Jazz 5-string. Looked like it was hanging around for a while as it was marked down to $999 Cdn.

    So... I picked it up and started playing. What a nice Bass! Even response across the strings, warm vintage tone. The single coils even refuse to buzz when soloed. It has a teeny tiny bit of shop wear in the form of some miniscule dings on the back of the bass, but no biggy, otherwise it's perfect. I'm dialing in the bridge height and relief today to get it playing the way I want but it was already almost there right off the wall.

    I was smitten so I bought it. I've been looking around for a while for a five-string Jazz-style bass to go with my Sadowsky RV5PJ. I ended up with an actual Fender Jazz bass. Go figure. As I already have the passive bass tones covered with my Reverend 5L this baby is likely going to get an Audere preamp upgrade. I don't want to change the sound of the bass itself because that's the main thing I like about it. I keep hearing that the Audere JZ3 is transparent and uncolored in its sound so that's my first consideration.

    Fender has done themselves proud with their latest MIA bass offerings. I used to feel something close to irrational hatred for Fender five strings a few years ago, but the new MIA's are really quite well-built and have good response on the B-string for once. Why buy offshore-manufactured product when MIA is built with such quality AND at competitive prices with imports. The neck felt great as Fenders usually do and the slightly aged-looking white with tort pickguard and rosewood neck was just too old-school and cool to walk away from.

    As a result my Lakland 5501-Deluxe is now up for sale. Too many basses.

  2. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Holy crap that's nice.
  3. Dragan


    Oct 5, 2009
    and what a steal!
  4. TorontoAlex


    Nov 28, 2011
    Nice bass. Are you going to bring it to the GTA get-together?
  5. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    I like the new MIA Fenders. Great basses for the $$$.

    I was looking at Sadowsky NYC and Alleva Coppolo recently, but the Fender Deluxe 5er I picked up in a trade is just as good. Great construction, great sound, etc.
  6. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Canuck Amateur

    For those who don't know, Long & Mcquade is a large retail chain for musical instruments in Canada. Lots of stores, kind of like Guitar Center North. They sell Godin, Ibanez, Yamaha, Fender, Music Man, Dingwall, Ephiphone, Gibson basses. Some of their larger stores also have MTD.

    While I was test-driving the Jazz, a guy walks up to me with bass case in hand and says. "That sounds nice, Check this out." He pulls out a very nice 4-string Musicman Stingray, with grayish green metallic body, Made in California, the whole bit.

    I check it out and although used, it looks good, plays nice, everything works. I look at the price tag and he got it for $799!!

    Used Music Man basses that I see for sale are usually in the $1,000 range or more.

    For some reason this Markham, ON store is getting serious about used and demo bass pricing. Just after Christmas I picked up a Godin Freeway 5 active for $299. It MSRP's for $840 and I bought it for a bit more than a third of the new price, with the warranty! I had better stay away from that place for a while.
  7. CBNJ

    CBNJ Sorry brother.

    Feb 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Nice! Wish we had more stores like that here. :)
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Both that MusicMan and Fender were sold at great price points. I used to have a white Jazz V just like the one on this thread. Those are great basses.
  9. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Beautiful! Congrats.
    Absolute heresy. ;)
  10. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    They have a pricing policy that is a % of the last sale. So theoretically, a $1299 Fender would be bought back for $1299 less 30% (sometimes a bit more) and so one each time it is traded in. Even off employee purchased gear.

    Example, I bought a mint 2 year old Gibson ES-339 guitar for $1100 a couple of years ago. Cheap as it was sold for cheap to the employee. I play a tiny bit of guitar so I wailed out on it a bit for a few months and sold it for $1750. If I traded it in to them, I would have got $800. Just their pricing model. Works out well sometimes for buyers.

    The Markham guys are pretty cool. I actually bought a Fodera from them last month. I like the Oshawa team better. Cheryl is awesome to seal with.
  11. Turtle71


    Aug 11, 2009
    Madison, WI
    Beautiful Bass!

    That's a really classy color/PG combo. :bassist:

    Congrats!!! I Love NBD.....I don't have nearly enough of them :D
  12. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
  13. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    I have been downsizing.... So lately I have been having -NBD or NBD (Negative Bass Day).:spit:

    My last NBD WAS a Jazz 5er though!:bassist:
  14. jellymax

    jellymax Don't fry any wooden fish Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SF CA
    sweet. its a keeper
  15. nashman


    Feb 11, 2011
    Very nice bass at a very good price - good score man.
  16. Lovetoslap

    Lovetoslap Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    How much bro?
  17. Lovetoslap

    Lovetoslap Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    I'm very interested!!!
  18. Bill G.

    Bill G.

    Dec 2, 2005
    Baton Rouge
  19. I know this all too well. They have taken thousands and thousand of my dollars. :bag:
  20. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Canuck Amateur

    Dastards!! :)

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