Squier Japan Jazz? Should I?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JamesNC, Aug 2, 2019.


  1. JamesNC

    JamesNC

    Dec 10, 2016
    So I’m trying to evaluate a trade offer. I have a small old guitar amp I’m not using. The trade offer is a Squier Jazz made in Japan. He says it’s a 90’s model. Looking online, Made in Japan E plus 6 digits indicates 1984-87. I’m no expert. Any thoughts on these?

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  2. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Assuming it's legit (the little Fender under the Squier is not something I've seen before on one of these) trading your amp you're not using anyway is a great idea.
     
  3. Tad

    Tad Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Boise, Idaho
    E Series are good basses.

    I’d take that trade any day of the week.
     
  4. FenderBassist

    FenderBassist

    Oct 28, 2005
    Completely agree. If the OP has a use for a Jazz bass, I think it's a great idea.
     
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  5. JamesNC

    JamesNC

    Dec 10, 2016
    Here’s one on Reverb. Seems a bit pricey at 700.
    MIJ Squier Jazz Bass | Uncle Danny's Guitar Emporium
     
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  6. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
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  7. JamesNC

    JamesNC

    Dec 10, 2016
    The guy says he’s going to replace the bridge pickup before the proposed trade. Any concern there?
     
  8. Tad

    Tad Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Boise, Idaho
    Is he taking the stock one out or putting the stock one back in?
     
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  9. JamesNC

    JamesNC

    Dec 10, 2016
    I’m awaiting his reply about that.

    In the meantime, do we agree it’s a 84-87 model based on the sn?
     
  10. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    I know this is correct for actual Fenders, whether it is correct for Squires or not, I don't know.
     
  11. reddog

    reddog Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    I've had that same bass. Fantastic neck. The stock pickups were long gone.
     
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  12. Do the trade, do the trade, do the trade...
    I think you’ll be very happy with that bass.
     
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  13. JamesNC

    JamesNC

    Dec 10, 2016
    The guy has explained that one of the pickup’s winding are shot, so he’s replacing with an Affinity pickup. I assume I’d replace the pickups anyhow, yes? So not a dealbreaker.

    Says the body has a couple of dings but nothing bad.
     
  14. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    An Affinity pickup is no prize, but it's better than nothing.
    I would do this deal in your shoes. You are likely getting more value than you are giving and the bass is probably a solid player. Getting gear you would actually use in exchange for gear you wouldn't is usually a sound transaction as long as the value is not lopsided against you.
     
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  15. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty

    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Being an older bass, I would check the neck- make sure it's straight, not warped, twisted etc. Also that the frets aren't worn down. If all is good, even with the pickup change (probably would upgrade them anyway myself), I would probably still do the trade especially for something you're not using.
     
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  16. Tad

    Tad Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Boise, Idaho
    Yes, sir.
     
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  17. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    btw, is your "small old guitar amp" ONE OF THESE? :)
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  18. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    Yeah, if it were one of those we would be a having a very different conversation—namely, why NOT to do the trade.
     
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  19. JamesNC

    JamesNC

    Dec 10, 2016
    Lol, no. It is one of these. It’s a nice clean specimen, but it needs an isolation transformer to be used safely. I just don’t want to mess with it.

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  20. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    Pull the trigger.
     
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