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Real difference between MIM and MIA Standard Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by belair57, Feb 12, 2001.


  1. What I want to now is what is the real difference between MIM and MIA Standard Jazz Bass[​IMG] They seem to be exactly the same except for where they're made.
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    If you are talking about the new American Series, it has rolled fingerboard edges for more comfort, better fretwork, alder or ash wood, depending on finish, heavier bridge, better tuners, better finish, better pickups, and better workmanship.

    The MIM has a poplar body(except sunburst, which is alder and costs more), cheaper grade bent steel bridge, cheap quality tuners, not as good of a finish, has 2 identical pickups instead of a slightly longer one for the bridge pickups, which can make changing the pickups out a bit of a chore, and not as good workmanship overall.

    I have seen some MIMs that had great workmanship, but they are not as common as good Americans.

    If you are talking about the discontinued American Standards, the workmanship was a little better than the MIMs, but not like the new Americans IME, and the woods were better. Pickups were better. But the rest of the bass was pretty similar to the MIM.

    The MIM delivers a lot of bang for the buck, but becomes a much better bass with a few upgrades.