new bass: '96 MIM Fender Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hernameisrio, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. hernameisrio

    hernameisrio Guest

    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    I scooped this up before flying out to Cupertino for my job for 3 weeks...I didn't want to go 3 weeks without touching a bass and I didn't want to sweat paying to fly with one of my more expensive basses. I also didn't want to risk getting hassled at the gate if I decided to try and carry it on, since my company paid for the trip and I figured it would look kinda bad if something happened!

    So I had it shipped out to my hotel room and right before I leave, I will ship it back to myself. I guess it's kinda ridiculous, but I'd been thinking of getting a cheaper Fender Jazz anyway. I have a 1977 Fender Jazz and sometimes I don't really feel like taking the $2000 vintage bass out for a gig but the Music Man doesn't necessarily suit either. So I figured, if I'm gonna spend $100 or so on round-trip shipping, I might as well get something for it. I paid about $275 for the bass and with shipping it came to just under $350. The finish is antique white and I asked for a tortoise-shell pick guard for Christmas to soup it up a bit. :)

    The pickups seem to be stock, I did not see any logo and they looked like they came with the bass... to me, they sound good, a little more thump/low end than my '77 actually. I had to adjust the neck a little bit and it still could use a more thorough setup. It's also a tiny bit heavier than I expected but that's okay. I'm not sure what type of wood the body is made of.

    I have to say, overall, I'm actually pretty happy with it and I feel like I got a pretty decent deal. I think it'll make a good "backup bass" and it'll be nice when I want to give my shoulder a break but still get the Fender Jazz tone. It has the 10-hole 3-ply (I think??) two piece pick guard with the metal plate over the electronics. If I didn't know it was a Mexican-made bass, I might not have guessed. I'm sure if I put it next to a contemporary American model I might notice/hear differences in tone or craftsmanship, but other than that, you could've fooled me!
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  2. OldDirtyBassist

    OldDirtyBassist Guest

    Mar 13, 2014
    I have a black one from the same series. I wouldn't dream of changing the pickups on it.

    That's the best color finish the MIM's have IMO. Congrats!
  3. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    nice bass,... but how bout this rain! :)

    btw,.. what is the appendage hanging from your output?!!
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2014
  4. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
  5. Nice find, congrats!
  6. OldCityBassman

    OldCityBassman Guest

    Nov 10, 2014
    I recently picked up the same bass for $250, mine is lake placid blue. I cleaned it up and put new strings on it, I'm really enjoying the feel, the tone it has. Reply back when you get a chance to compare it to your 77 Jazz, I'm curious of the differences. Enjoy your new bass.
  7. hernameisrio

    hernameisrio Guest

    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    Hey pacojas. Well it cleared up today. It's a portable headphone amp, runs off a 9volt.
  8. Malak the Mad

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

    To be specific, it's a "Pocket Rock-It S1b". I've had one since I first started learning bass and I love it to pieces. Nice, simple and decent tone-shaping without massively altering the "character" of each bass. To put it another way, it means I can also tell one bass from another…they don't all sound the same. The input jack allows me to jam along with an mp3 player, my laptop or some other external source of music.

    Oh, and it's kept me from being effin' murdered! You see, my girlfriend, whom I live with, works from home and is prone to migraines & A.D.D. issues. A fully amplified bass would result in something people read about in the papers or see on true crime documentaries. :dead:
  9. hernameisrio

    hernameisrio Guest

    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    Yeah! I got mine a couple of years ago, it's really useful!
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