Used 1997 Fender J-bass. $899. Buy or not?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tocoadog, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. tocoadog

    tocoadog Guest

    Apr 10, 2005
    The bass is in good condition, looks to be same parts, no real surface damage, playability feels good other than the neck is a little dirty. Anyone know the goods on 1997's? Will they hold their value?

    Bottom line, I'd like to own a J-bass, I don't particulary like the S switching system that is installed on the current J's and P's. I also can't afford a vintage 1960 to 1975 (or whatever earlier year) Fender bass that usually costs more than $5,000. So, is this something I should look further into?

  2. EpicSoundtracks


    Mar 10, 2006
    Oakland, CA
    Lollar Pickups, Dunlop Strings
    i'm no expert, but that seems a bit high for a '97.
  3. offer $650
  4. sedan_dad

    sedan_dad Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    $900 seems a bit steep to me.
    I mean for $1200 you can order a new AVI from GC.
    For $1000 Sam Ash has a new Lakland Duck Dunn hanging on the wall.
  5. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    I picked up a used 60's Classic Jazz about a month ago with no regrets. I didn't want an S-1 switch either. Although it's MIM, the build quality is A-1, and the sound and playability are top-notch. If you have a chance, try one, you may be pleasantly surprised!
  6. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    That's too high.

    Check ebay for what MIA Jazz Basses have gone for.

    You can get a nice MIA Jazz here for around $600-700.
  7. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    I'd say that's a pretty steep price for a 97 as well.

    I'd think somthing closer to $600-$650 is more in line with what you should expect to pay. Maybe $700 if it's suprer clean with the original hardshell case.
  8. Sippy

    Sippy Guest

    Aug 1, 2005
    Yea ... there is no excuse to sell a standard jazz bass (i'm assuming MIA) for that much.... unless it bakes cookies.. I mean hell, who doesn't like cookies?!
  9. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    If it's an " American Vintage Series 62 Re issue" then that's not a terrible price. If it's a regular "American Standard" then it's overpriced.
  10. SpectorBass308

    SpectorBass308 Guest

    Feb 1, 2007
    Pasadena, CA
    $600 - $700 says me.
  11. tocoadog

    tocoadog Guest

    Apr 10, 2005
    Yeah, I forgot to mention, this is MIA. Good ideas all around. Thanks!
  12. cashhere


    Dec 3, 2005
    E-Town KY
    In my opinion unless it is like the day it was made that is a little steep. What is the color, a nice sunburst can bring a hair more or a natural or tint over ash body will bring a little more, does it have the original case, tools and case candy?
  13. bino


    Jun 27, 2002
    Orange County
    they're selling a new old stock ('06) sunburst jazz at my local sam ash for $799.
  14. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Which MIA is it?

    Is it an American Standard, or an American Vintage Series?

    This will make a fairly big difference in price.

    AVS= O.K. price.
    American Standard= too much.
  15. BellBottomBlues


    Feb 21, 2007
    New York
    Endorser:Fender User:Rotosound, LaBella, Ashdown, Lindy Fralin
    why not just get a new Highway One Jazz? I think they're $850-800 new and you can usually knock off about $200 or so
  16. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    There's nothing special about the '97s. I wouldn't pay more than $600 for it of it's in good condition.
  17. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Is it 4 or 5 string - the 5 string version would be worth slightly more.
  18. Double Agent

    Double Agent

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    I would go for a new Hwy1, or just don't use the S1 switch on a new one. You can even spend a few bucks on a regular volume knob, remove the S1 knob, put the new one and you'll never have to worry about the S1 switching. Or again, get a Hwy1 and save $100 (they go for $800 at MF, less at GC if you haggle)

    You could easily get a brand new American Std. Jazz for less than $100 more than that with some creative haggling at GC. Not a good deal for the '97 IMO.
  19. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I have a 1997 J and a 1997 P. Both are great basses, but not worth $900. $700 maybe.

    Great instruments but yours is overpriced IMO (without knowing much about it).
  20. 3dbdown


    Dec 15, 2007
    This bass should have the pre-noiseless pickups, as my 1998 american deluxe has....if it's in good shape, it's a fair price. Is it active or passive? I ASSUME it's an American Jazz...if not, forget it. Have you looked at the '75 Jazz American Re-issue? Check the price, and try to play one.