Should I sell my MIM Fender and buy an American, or would I be better off buying a 2nd bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sean775, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. American Fender

    20 vote(s)
  2. Second bass

    45 vote(s)
  3. New amp

    27 vote(s)
  1. Sean775


    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    I have one of those $700 Deluxe Ash MIM Fender Jazz basses. I love it, but I've been thinking about maybe selling it and buying an American made one. I've also wondered if maybe I'd be better off just buying a second but different bass, such as a MIM P Bass or a Sterling Ray34. And my last option which I just considered is upgrading my amp. I have a 200 watt Fender Rumble which is pretty good, but maybe I could sell that and get a better one. What would you guys do?
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  2. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Sell everything. But an American G&L and Ampeg
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  3. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Unless you're having an issue with the MIM J, I'd keep it.
  4. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I love the square body Chevy truck in your avatar.
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  5. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
  6. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    I suggest Adding a second matching cab, for a vertical stack. You'll get the full 200w, better dispersion FOH and be able to hear yourself much better on stage.

    Then add an HPF to tighten up the low end and protect your speakers.

    Also get a pro-setup on your current bass.

    Good, tight, clean tone ready to be effected!
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2017
  7. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    Practice more - G.A.S. less :D
  8. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Don't sell the MIM & buy U.S. made, because you might regret it.
    Get them both side-by-side first & do a A/B comparison, you might find you like the MIM more.
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  9. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Since you aren't sure which you need, a different bass or different rig, I'd say you just have too much change in your pocket.

    Take your girl out with some of it and put the rest down against the principal of your mortgage or car note.
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  10. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
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  11. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Sounds like you have a great setup now. I voted amp only because a few extra watts is nice but not always needed. It depends on the type of music you play. Whatever you do don’t just get rid of the MIM just to have a Fender USA on the most cases its wasted money.
  12. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Coincidence or not, I've noted that my two favorite P bodies are ash, one being MIM. So dont jump outta that Jazz too hastily if you like it.

    I am a Fender P bass buy and would suggest you get a MIM. The 50s style are great too for around 800 bones new.

    Gimme the word and I'll jump on New Jersey CL for ya, I love gas by proxy. Used Fender and the savings in amp account, no-brainer.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2017
  13. Bijoux


    Aug 13, 2001
    I'm sure you are fine with the MIM.
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  14. OldFunBass


    Nov 5, 2016
    Have you played an American Jazz? As KBD suggested, try one out side by side with yours. You might well find that you are fine with your MIM. As for the Rumble 200c, I have one and it is a workhorse of an amp. As Stumbo suggested, consider getting the matching Rumble 115 cab. It really makes a huge difference in the sound of the rig, not just the volume but the sound quality. I was very surprised when I added one, and found that at any volume level it really brought the rig alive. They are about $300, so less than that upgrade to an American Jazz. Use the leftover money toward one of the other suggestions here, like a P-bass.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2017
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  15. Keep the MIM J
    Get a P
    Enjoy both
  16. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    If you love it why would you want to sell it?

    Get a second bass if you want but once you sell the one you love you may never get it back again and regret it
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  17. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Also a Mexican p bass would be a great compliment to your jazz
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  18. Member8675309

    Member8675309 Inactive

    Aug 19, 2017
    Nashville, TN
    If you ‘love’ your bass, keep your bass.
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  19. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    second bass, or upgraded amp. I don't think the 'upgrade' to American Fender is as good of an upgrade as it could be.
  20. So you love the bass; next bass should be a backup (I assume), otherwise it would be an upgrade to the amp if that is necessitated.
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