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Need quick help with value of MIA Jazz...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HeavyDuty, Dec 6, 2001.


  1. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I just came across a user MIA Jazz that feels great, but I'm unsure of the pricing. Can I get some quick advice from my GASsy co-listers, please?

    It's a natural MIA with rosewood, a white three-ply and passives. It's in OK condition with a few minor dings, but has one major 1/2" wide chunk taken out of the backside end of the headstock along the grain. Frets are fine, and it looks like it's been barfed upon (even more than my Ric did, for those that remember that). It has a factory poly HSC, the exterior of which is shaped instead of being a big rectangle - these are more recent, right?

    I wrote the S/N down as 94-something, but forgot to get the leading alphas. They MAY have been DN, but I'm not sure. It has a Fender Corona heel plate and a CE inspection sticker. I figure it's either a 1994 or 1999 model - I'm not familiar with Fender S/N conventions.

    It's not bad looking excepting the headstock chunk, which can't be seen from the front.

    Does $325 seem out of line? I haven't been looking for one (I've been looking for an Urge Standard) so I haven't done my research, but this one feels really nice. It's in a store with a 24 hour hold, so I need to decide quickly.

    Thanks!
     
  2. I don't think I would dig the passives but 325 is about what you would pay for a used MIM so I would deal with the few inperfections (I actually kind of like the beat up jazz look) and get the MIA, The price is not unreasonable, I would think they could get 450 for it if they waited a bit. Bottom Line Grab it.;)
     
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    $300 out the door, he ate the tax.

    It cleaned up very nicely! The barf covered very few dings, mostly just minor buckle rash. The chip was smaller than I remembered (only about the size of a nickel) and it faces the floor.

    Sounds great, feels great, smells great (Pine-Sol cleaner). May even taste great, too.

    Thanks for the help, FaFu! I'm abandoning my search for a Urge Standard until my arthritis worsens.
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Wow, HD, that's 2 great bargains in what, the past 6 months?

    Enjoy the new Jazz!:)
     
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Yeah, I am a lucky bastard, ain't I? :D

    Thanks!