NOBBD!! (New "Open Box" Bass Day)

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

  1. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    So i've had the GAS bug a while now and I took the leap on an "open box" bass from Musician's Friend. I don't know if I've ever been more nervous about a purchase in my life; I've bought many used basses in the past but I always had descriptions, pictures etc. before I sealed the deal. This was different.... purely on a whim. Yikes.

    Bass shows up today, boxed like garbage. First thing i'm thinking is "it's going back"... a big hole in the top, many dings in the box, not double boxed, stuff like that.

    So i open it.... all in one piece? Check. All parts secured (no rattles)? Check. Straight neck? Check. Truss Rod works both ways? Check. So far so good. I found the flaw, purely cosmetic and i actually wiped it off... LOL!!

    So here's my new addition.. A Modern Player Jazz Satin V in Satin White!!! Needed a setup but i got that handled as I already own one of these, I knew what to look for as far as the setup went. Sounds great too, just like my other one (whew) but here's the kicker..... It's gotta be about a lb lighter than my other one! I couldn't be happier. Just needs new strings and a quick Scotch-Brite treatment on the back of the neck and I'm in business. I think the nut slots need to be filed slightly, but other than that i got a smoking deal. $362 shipped after tax. Too bad they are discontinued.... And now pics!!

    MPJV Full.jpg

    MPJV Body.jpg
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Nothing wrong with that deal. :thumbsup:
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  3. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    A couple hours into it and I'm thinking the same thing. The thing that i'm really stoked on is the lighter weight. I've always owned boat anchors, never had an issue with it, but it's amazing what a difference a pound will make! (NOTE: I'm assuming a pound less, i have no scale but it's definitely lighter).
  4. Your weight difference comment is very interesting - Which one sounds the best? The lighter one, or the heavier one?
  5. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    Well, the stock strings on the lighter one are a slightly smaller gauge than what i normally use. But, that being said, ***To My Ears*** the lighter one sounds a little "snappier", but that may have to do with the lighter strings as well. I know this sounds weird, but the neck almost seems slightly thinner front-to-back on the white one than my sunburst. One thing i was concerned about was the new one going to sound like the one i currently own. Thankfully, yes it does. Super fat in humbucking mode, nice and airy in single coil mode. Totally silent in all 4 pickup positions.
  6. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    Good looking instrument.
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  7. Sonicfrog


    Jan 4, 2008
    Fresno, CA
    Nice find!

    I just "accidentally" bought a new bass too! A new Peavey Millennium AC 5 string. I wasn't going to buy, but the price was sooo good... $217 new, plus free shipping..... Couldn't pass it up!
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  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Very cool congrats I didn't know they discontinued these? I thought they were selling very well?.
  9. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    Maybe, maybe not... the 4 stringer is still up on the Fender site, but they have removed a few of the Modern Player models, including the 5 string version of the Jazz Satin. I called into Fender Customer Service this afternoon to ask the gauge of the stock strings, kind of as a joke.... I wanted to see if I was actually going to get any info. It took the guy on the other end a few minutes to find it, I told him it was no longer on the site.. duh... :meh:

    He eventually found the info however...:thumbsup: :rolleyes:
  10. Great bass, super deal. Congrats.

    I have one as well; swapped electronics for EMGs in mine, and never looked back.
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  11. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Stoked for You...
    This is one of the cooler basses that Fender has added I will admit.
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  12. friendlybass

    friendlybass Guest

    Jul 19, 2012
    Nice! Glad your little gamble paid off!
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  13. Rich Terry

    Rich Terry BassOmatic

    Sep 14, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Nice looking axe. congrats
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  14. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    Really like the white with a black guard.
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  15. Z-Bass


    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I didn't know those had the truss rod wheel. That's cool in and of itself. Like the pickups on these. I assume the controls are V-V-T-T?

    Congrats on the new bass!
  16. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    what a finish! (Lord knows i love the black & white look)
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  17. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    Thanks! Actually it's a 4 position pickup selector and then V-V-T. Here's what the selector does

    Pos. 1 - both pups humbucking mode
    Pos. 2 - neck outer coil, bridge humbucker.
    Pos. 3 - bridge outer coil, neck humbucker
    Pos. 4 - single coil mode, outer coils of both pups (like a basic j-bass)

    All pickup positions are dead quiet (unlike a basic j-bass). Very similar in concept to the revered Roscoe Beck Fender 5.
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  18. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    Gotta love accidents like that. It's how I got a Ric and a Gibson EB. They weren't quite the deal your Peavey was, but I'm pretty happy with both of 'em.
  19. Anthonyfranklin9000

    Anthonyfranklin9000 Guest

    Nov 12, 2014
    South Carolina
    The GC by my office still has at least one of the satin sunburst 4 strings from this series for $549, and this is a place with smaller selection and that barely stocks the Fender VMs or CVs. They made a point of telling me they weren't getting more when I demo'd it out of curiosity. Its likely there are still many of these around at retail locations and obviously still available online for the time being.

    Nice looking bass, 5 string with double J pups, a beast! I like this color a lot more than the burst model too.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2014
  20. jtemple


    Sep 5, 2011
    Washington, MO
    That's awesome! I like the pickup configuration, gives you lots of flexibility.
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