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sigh...Fender Jazz Required: Fender Japan

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    since reducing the collection from 15 to 4,

    i'm considering eliminating 2 more and getting the old standby Fender Jazz fretted 4.

    plus, my recent gig fills are requesting the F/J sound.

    (aside: MY Rob Allen MB2 fretless can't be touched sonically!)

    after reading a few TB posts, i looked into Fender Japan. Captivating!



    the Highway 1 ALSO looks pretty darned cool...

    Fender Highway 1 Jazz

    thoughts? input?

  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I don't like the Highway 1. I think Mexican basses are just as good. But if I had to whittle down to two basses and make one of them a Fender (smart move, btw), I wouldn't get some bargain model. I would get a good model, high end Japanese at the very least. You should also look on the used market for a late 90's MIA. I found a great 98 Jazz for $510 a couple years ago.
  3. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    Mexican basses work great. I've played all sorts of Fenders, and sure the MIM lacks frills, but it still sounds and plays like a Fender, and is half the price.
  4. Juniorkimbrough


    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    I own a Hwy. 1 Jazz and I love it, but I do think it is important to play before you pay with Fenders. I've had mine for a little over a year now and it my main gigging bass. I left it completely stock just put a set of Chromes on it and I love the way it sounds and plays.
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    This is one awesome looking Fender Japan Jazz bass. Binding w/dot inlays.
  6. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    good price too.

    Including tax selling price XXYEN 60,900
    (Substance price XXYEN 58,000)

  7. Binding? with dots? So sexy. Buy that one.
  8. I can really recommend the Fender Japan. I have a 75 RI and it's great. I got it straight from Ishibashi and it only took me two emails and I got my bass after one week. Their customer service is great too! I ordered a different pickguard, but they forgot to send it. So they gave me that 50 dollar pickguard for free!!

    The quality of my jazz is very good. I compared the finish and fretwork to other Fenders (MIA Standard & deluxe) and it's just as good. For a lower price than a MIM, here in Europe.. But I haven't compared it sonically to a MIA jazz though.

    What else can I say, I can't find any negative aspects to (at least) my jazz.

    Get that jazz!!
  9. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    thanks for the comments everyone!

    looking at this:


    60,000.00 JPY
    Japan Yen = 508.837 USD
    United States Dollars

    fred san
  10. JB62 is awesome, worth $200 more than hwy. 1 i bet. but if i could have any of em on that site it'd be the jaguar bass cause its different
  11. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    My '62 Reissue Jazz Fretless I got from GuitarJapan.com is habds down the best Fender I have ever played. The fit and finish and construction is way better then most of the new Fender MIA and MIM I've tried. And the sound is........classic jazz! Also my Geddy Lee which is Japanese is a fantastic bass!

  12. DannyB


    Aug 17, 2004
    FWIW.. I have the Highway One P-Bass. I liked it better than the American Standard P-Bass. Hwy1 seems to have more of a scaled down, vintage type of sound that the newer MIA standards lack. Might be the graphite rods that the MIA's have now, or the S1 switching... whatever it is, I think my Hwy1 is a superior bass to the MIA standard.. YMMV.
  13. Aj*


    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    My favourite Jazz ever:


  14. They look like great basses.

    Im gassing for one of the 75' Reissue ones.
  15. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    played a Mexi Classic 60's jazz and an American S1 today.

    both are nice.

    the Mexi Classic had some assembly alignment issues - probably insignificant.

    the S1 had better feel and with the S1 switch pushed...HAIRY P TONE!!!


    Mexi Classic: $499

    American S1: $900

    nice guy at GC. left empty handed.

  16. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
  17. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    looks like the JB62-75US is a winner.


  18. Why the heck do they not sell alder body with maple fingerboard?
  19. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fred san,

    I have that exact bass in sunburst with the tort pickguard. I swapped the controls for two stacked pots, just for personal preference. Mine currently has TI Flats and absolutely smokes. It's very well made, and plays great.