Non-USA-made J-basses to recommend?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Twenty2AcaciaAv, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Twenty2AcaciaAv

    Twenty2AcaciaAv Guest

    Feb 17, 2011
    I'd like to get a Fender J-bass later this year but I want to hold off on getting a U.S. made one. Is there any of the lower-end Fender J-basses anyone here can recomment? Preferably something with a slim neck and fast action? Also, anyone have opinions on the Fender Deluxe Active J-bass?
  2. Why non-US? Anyway, MIMs are good, Squire/Indonesian VMs are good, Geddy Lee MIJs are good. I'm myself not a big fan of active electronics, nice but in gigs not fun if something gets bad (seen enough active electronics basses collapse due to bad batteries and so on..)
  3. Twenty2AcaciaAv

    Twenty2AcaciaAv Guest

    Feb 17, 2011
    Why non-US? Currently too rich for my blood. Unless I see a decently-priced used one in good quality that I can actually check out in person, I dont' want to go that route.
  4. Twenty2AcaciaAv

    Twenty2AcaciaAv Guest

    Feb 17, 2011
    How do you know if it's a Mexi?
  5. Usually with new ones you get info from the Fender web site, or if lucky the online store web site mentions it. Or then you need to look at the headstock, if the serial number starts with an M, it's a MIM.
  6. Twenty2AcaciaAv

    Twenty2AcaciaAv Guest

    Feb 17, 2011
    Can't find info as far as where non-U.S. models are made on the Fender site.
  7. Fredde


    Oct 21, 2010
    Helsinki, Finland
    Most MIAs have the "American" moniker, like "Standard" means MIM whereas "American Standard" means MIA.

    MIMs and MIJs can be great, but the one really good thing about MIAs is that you can sell them easily, and for a good price (as long as you buy used, which you should IMO). If you could cough up the dough for a used AmStd, you can just sell it later for (at least) the same amount if you need to.

    The other route, if it were me, would be a Squier CV or VM. Great value for money.
  8. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I did a lot of playing, listening, weighing, etc. when I bought my jazz bass. For me, the best feeling neck, the best sounding bass, and the lightest weight bass (8.2 pounds) was a Geddy Lee jazz bass. It was also used so that made it even better. I tried Squier, MIM, American Special and American Standard. The Geddy was/is by far the nicest playing jazz for me.
  9. Twenty2AcaciaAv

    Twenty2AcaciaAv Guest

    Feb 17, 2011

    Last year a buddy of my let my try out his Geddy Lee American Standard. Absolutely loved it!