Opinions Wanted Please!! (80s MIJ Fender)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by serein2j, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. serein2j


    May 25, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Would you take Fender Jazz Special 80s MIJ ($200)
    (I will probably upgrade bridge and pickups if I get this one)
    Fender Duff McKagan Signature MIM ($800)

    I've heard good things about MIJ fender from 80s but I kinda want to get it as a new bass....

    As far as sound and quality wise, which one would be better? Do you guys think Duff Sig has double the value,quality and sounds?

    Thanks for the help guys!!
  2. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    The duff is nothing but a reissue of the Fender jazz Special correct?

    Get the original.
  3. serein2j


    May 25, 2008
    Austin, TX

  4. joesguitar1129


    Dec 8, 2007
    Watervliet, MI
    Joes Music Exchange
    I own an original and it is way nicer than the Duff reissue. I have a JV serial number and its nicer than all of my MIA fenders.
  5. serein2j


    May 25, 2008
    Austin, TX
    It has E serial though... Would it make any difference?
  6. Surprise Panda!

    Surprise Panda! Guest

    Mar 18, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
  7. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    Yeah this really is no contest. 80's MIJ vs MIM is a no brainer. Plus it's way cheaper.
  8. OlSkewl56


    May 26, 2007
    South Texas
    I've got an "E" serial numbered std jazz (MIJ) I bought new in 88.
    Could use an electronics upgrade, but still feels great.
  9. serein2j


    May 25, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Yea i probably will be upgrading stuff with original but i guess i'm lazy... lol

    Original would be better then huh...?
  10. AnchorHoy


    Dec 29, 2008
    New Jersey

    All of the MIM instruments I've seen have varied widely in terms of fit and finish. Too many of 'em are Rough, to say the least. Never seen a badly made MIJ

    I'm perfectly happy with my E-serial Jazz Special

    BTW I'm in the NorthEast and @ $200 that price is well under the average ($300-400) for my area. Two bills sounds like a steal to me, as long as it's in good shape
  11. By the time you upgrade the pups, pre and bridge the cost starts getting up to that of around half that of the new Duff model so you are still in front and will own a quality instument. I have an E serial Power Jazz Special and I love it. Sweet neck, light as a feather, tone for days. Ahh don't get me started on on 80's MIJ Fender's! I just love 'em.
  12. OlafR


    Jan 31, 2006
    The Netherlands
    Go for the MIJ! :bassist:
  13. serein2j


    May 25, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Got the MIJ!! :) and waiting to get it shipped.

    Now I'm thinking upgrades....

    -New Bridge...
    Thinking badass or Gotoh....

    Probably Seymour duncan STK-J2B
    and can't quite decide on the P pickups....thought about Linda Fralin or Nordstrand...
    any recommendations?

    Thinking Rotosound
  14. ianm76

    ianm76 Guest

    Sep 24, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder (SPB-3). I had the STK-J2B and SPB-3 in both of my 80's Jazz Specials and they compliment each other very well.. In fact, I'm having an SPB-3 put in my Duff sig model right now (comes with STK-J2B)...

    Don't forget to post pics of the bass! Like somebody else said, $200 is a STEAL for an 80's MIJ in even decent condition... :bassist: