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Sanity check before purchase, 97 MIA deluxe Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by madsedan, Dec 22, 2016.


  1. madsedan

    madsedan

    Sep 9, 2009
    Dallas
    Recently had a set-up by local shop, frets dressed, and ready to rip. Has some wear fitting for a 20 year old bass I'd guess. Any feedback is welcome before I pull the trigger but would love to know what a fair price offer would be on this package, comes with Fender gig bag but I'll buy a case for it later. 1997 mia deluxe 1. 1997 mia deluxe 2.
     

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  2. madsedan

    madsedan

    Sep 9, 2009
    Dallas
    I am likely bringing this one home tomorrow!
     
  3. madsedan

    madsedan

    Sep 9, 2009
    Dallas
    nobody?
     
  4. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    These mid 90s deluxe are some of the best made. Suhr pickups and preamp are very quiet. Without the case, I'd offer no more than 900.
     
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  5. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    These mid 90s deluxe are some of the best made. Suhr pickups and preamp are very quiet. Without the case, I'd offer no more than 900.
     
  6. madsedan

    madsedan

    Sep 9, 2009
    Dallas
    Perfect, thanks!
    Any recommendations on a case for it?
     
  7. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I'm not a fan of cases. I'd get a mono.
     
  8. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    My Fender era Suhr was 100% mint and I paid $950 for mine.

    That bass has a lot of body damage and wear, so I think
    a fair offer is $700 -$750.
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  9. madsedan

    madsedan

    Sep 9, 2009
    Dallas
    I'm getting it for $725 so I'm happy to hear it!
     
  10. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Right on!
     
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  11. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    That sounds like the right price for that bass.

    Happy NBD!
     
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  12. madsedan

    madsedan

    Sep 9, 2009
    Dallas
    Now I need to get an amp lol
    Ampeg BA115 for $200 a solid deal for practice and learning amp?
     
  13. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    If it is in good condition that is a good price!
     
  14. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I completely disagree. I owned a 97 American P Deluxe, and it turned me into a Fender hater for over a decade.

    The late 90s deluxe Fenders were riddled with issues that my local authorized Fender repair person (the only one in Bklyn. NY at the time) attested to. The tuners had play in them, and often snapped off (he showed me a drawer where he had several broken ones), they had some sort of issues going on electronically (mid knob had some kinda weird cutting in and out that had nothing to do with the pot), and the quality control was for sheit. Those metal pieces for the string through in the body all fell out on mine, and I had several other minor issues. A buzz on the first fret of the E string was one, but I dealt with it.

    I hated that bass, and couldn't get rid of it. Wasn't as easy back then with the internet not being what it is now. Wound up trading it for a Hartke 4x10 cab. Hardly worth what I originally paid for the bass.

    There may be some gems that came out of that batch of basses, but I strongly advise you to check it out and/or (if not possible) ask lots of questions before pulling the trigger.

    That being said, I love that color :). Mine was black but I remember wanting that.
     
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  15. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Of course, the 98+ basses were completely different.

    95-97 were fully shielded, full Suhr electronics, dead quiet for recording and fantastic tone. I've never experienced one that had "play" in the tuners or any electronic maladays that weren't caused by users.

    As with anything, a lemon or two gets out. But to those in the know, these are well respected basses.
     
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  16. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
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  17. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Was yours MIM?
     
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  18. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    No. MIA. There's a very slight chance it may have been a '98, but I'm pretty sure it was a '97. Allz I have is some video of it, no pix.

    It's the bass I'm playing throughout most of this video:

     
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  19. Watch out for the truss rod and make sure the neck is comfortable, nice and flat and still has travel in the truss rod. I bought an American 62 RI 96 Jazz and the truss rod was maxed out, had it worked on several times to finally be told the neck is junk, was told that some of the necks were soft during those years (at the end of the truss rod or something like that)
     
  20. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    I never knew that. Very informative!
     

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