Old Vs New MIM&MIA Fender Ps and Js

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by whitester, Oct 22, 2001.

  1. I just want to no the lo down as to why the old Ps and Js (basses) are better.

    Surely the technology fender (and other companies) have now is better than back then, so why is it that every one (with a few exceptions ) wants old fenders...

    is it just to say i have 72 p or a 68 J. or are the tonal qualities of being that old create a better bass sound.

    just curious

    lend me your ears!...
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    There are many theories as to why the older basses are better. It is likely some combination of these.

    1. Older Fenders had tighter specifications when built.

    2. Better quality of wood used in older guitars.

    3. Aging process itself effects tonal character of wood.

    4. Better quality control in electronics' materials, manufacture and installation.

    5. Aging of electronics effects tonal character.

    There is a thought that the pride in craftsmanship was lost in Fender when Leo sold it to CBS records. (1964) I think there is something too this thought.

    Plus you have the "they don't build them like they used to" mentality that goes along with everything from guitars to cars.

    All I can say for sure is that the difference in sound is very real.