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Squier's 1998 MIK fretless Jazz bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wallace320, Mar 14, 2013.


  1. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
  2. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    I believe these were made of plywood. That's the reason for the lack of love. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  3. bassbully

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

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Some were, I have a plywood and a Alder. These basses can be great but do sometimes have more neck issues than I would like.
     
  4. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Personally, I avoid MIK Fenders. I haven't come across many, but the ones that I have were underwhelming. I stick to MIA, MIM, MIJ, MIC.
     
  5. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    May my ears deceive me?

    I'm sure no bass champ but, ownin' similar setup, I tried it out thru a Warwick Wa300 head and a Wca410 cab (so a somewhat "dry" combo, unable to color a bass to the point of makin' it sound a whole headroom dispenser)

    How come it fooled me to the point of makin' me wantin' to grab it?!

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  6. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Fenders quality control varies. If it feels and sounds good, it is good.
     
  7. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    Who knows? Maybe it's an alder one. That's always been my favorite wood for Fenders. Or maybe the sound of the pickups is more important than the body wood ;)

    If it sounds and plays good, and the price is right, get it!
     
  8. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Yet I'm surprised, not talkin' Ampeg or Mesa amps/cab, a possibly plywood :spit: body could sound like that:confused:

    I've not bought it (and probably never will)

    I can't believe it

    Anymore inputs?

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  9. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    Trust your ears!
     
  10. bassbully

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

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Agree. My alder MIK Squier II is a great bass not as good as my MIJ SQ squiers but a good bass I paid $65.00. I bought another Squier II ($100) the plywood one, compared to the alder Squier II it is not close. The Alder MIK is way better even in build. Even better is the 87' MIK E series Bullet I just bought ($100) It is really nice better than both of my other MIKs.

    They (MIK) are all over the place v.s. say the first edition Squiers MIJ JV and SQ's which were all good.
     
  11. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    MIJ JV and SQ basses are amazing.
     
  12. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Now I've to tell you that, still uncertain around tonewood, its secondhand price is

    €. 490,00

    I'm thinkin' it to be a bit high, isn't it?

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  13. bassbully

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

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    My (3) SQ's are as good or better than any MIA I have owned from any year. I got rid of my MIA P basses and the 3 Sq's P's are my main players. I still want a JV to complete the deal thou.
     
  14. bassbully

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

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Not sure here in the U.S.A. I'm getting MIK P basses for $100 dollars U.S. and I would not pay anymore.
     
  15. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    Well, the European market is different, but that's much too much.
     
  16. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I really think I won't too

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  17. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Thanx you too RC

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  18. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I wouldn't touch it at that price. The Korean Squiers aren't bad instruments but they are made form a variety of woods (sometimes ply).

    I had an okay-ish MIK Squier Telecaster (the guitar variety) and I got that for £50. It didn't even come close in quality to the current Indonesian and Chinese versions.
     

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