I'm trying to decide between two Fender Jazz Basses. One is a new MIM and the other is a 2001 American model. The American model is in excellent condition. All parts are stock and it shows barely any sign of use. I know the typical, "buy the one that plays, feels, and sounds better." But honestly, if I was blindfolded, I'm not sure I'd be able to tell a major difference between the two. The next factor would be price, but the new MIM is $600, and the used American is $650. For the purposes of the argument, let's assume that they both cost roughly the same and say that price isn't a big factor. The question comes down to, which decision am I going to be most happy with over the next 5 years? I'm a bit ignorant about buying old instruments--I've never owned a stringed instrument over 15 years old, so I'm not sure what concerns there will be over the coming years for an older instrument versus a new one. I don't know if there's a certain point where older instruments need to have major adjustments or parts replaced. I'm leaning toward the American made, but I don't want it to be a money pit. If I'm going to have to invest another couple hundred bucks in the next 5 years to deal with aging components, it's not worth it. Any input from others who have had experience with older instruments would be greatly appreciated. Attached is a screenshot of the two basses. The one on the left is the American. EDIT: Okay, the responses have been overwhelmingly in favor of the MIA. Thanks to everyone for your input and feedback!