Value of MIM Jazz Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TreeTheStudly, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. TreeTheStudly


    Apr 30, 2011
    Hiya, guys! So, I've got a quick question for you.
    What would you guys say is the approximate value of the bass guitar attached to this post (assuming the neck is free of defects)?
    I ask because I'm in the market for a MIM Jazz bass and I found this one. I feel like the owner wants a little too much dough for a bass in such disrepair. I believe it is a 96-97 model, judging by the serial number.
    Thanks, homies!

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  2. I'd say a fair price is $350: $400 being high and $300 being low. MIM from the late 90's early 00's were a good batch. I play a 2001 MIM Jazz that is great. I got it in a trade for a Stingray copy worth $ 325.
  3. TreeTheStudly


    Apr 30, 2011
    Wow, that was more than expected! Although I didn't know about the quality of the late 90's. What made them so great? Just better quality control?
  4. Did anyone get the license number of the 18-wheeler that ran it over?


    I'd say it's worth 5% of the value for a non-run over one. And I don't think I am allowed to tell prices to a non-supporting member - I dunnow.

    If that wuz duct tape instead of electrical tape, it might be worth more though.
  5. Guygrooves

    Guygrooves Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    Albany NY
    100-125 tops..If it plays ok and sounds ok- Yikers, shes not a real pretty one-but some screws to replace the tape, some knobs and a little elbow grease. Its a BASS!
  6. TreeTheStudly


    Apr 30, 2011
    @SurferJoe46 - you and I think alike! I thought that the value would be GREATLY diminished due to its issues.
    As for giving me the value of the bass, I'm not sure if it against the rules, but I feel like the appraisal of the bass is pretty subjective. I mean, I doubt that an appraisal book would have the approximate value of something like this.
  7. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    Ocala, FL
    What? The bass pictured is in rough shape. Additionally, it's a "Black Label" Squier series which brings the value down. I think it's worth $100-150 max.
  8. TreeTheStudly


    Apr 30, 2011
    @Guygrooves - Thanks for you input! It might take a little bit more elbow grease than that, lol.

    @Bitterdale - The headstock and serial number indicate a Fender MIM Jazz Bass. What makes you say that it is a Squier Black Label? The pickguard must be a replacement, seeing as how it has only a few screws.
  9. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    anyone else notice its missing the e string tuner bushing? Id pay 150 max for that bass. I snagged a 97 mim fretless for $250 with a hard shell case. it looks brand new.
  10. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    It's in rough shape, however I dig the ware look of it, but it would bring the value down. If you are just looking for a beginners bass if it works it would be a good beginner bass. Is it a person selling it locally?
  11. TreeTheStudly


    Apr 30, 2011
    @spaz21387 - I didn't even see that! Thanks for the info.

    @klejst - I'm not so much looking for a beginner bass as I am a decent Jazz for a low price. I want to make it gig-worthy because my Guild b301's single coil just isn't very friendly. And yes, it is a locally sold bass. Craigslist is my favourite kind of list.
  12. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    Id say the pickguard is original. but its been spraypainted flat black you can tell because under where the knobs would be the spraypaint is chipping off... Id say wait alittle little longer and a better one will pop up. This is the bass I scored for 250 with a case. I added the pickguard later by the way... 7009757245_c86884c6c4.jpg
    IMAG0816 by spaz21387, on Flickr
  13. I don't think any appraisal book can get that low. It's just wrong on so many levels for either a starter's or a finisher's bass.

    It's been driven hard and put away wet a few dozen times too many. Turn around 180ยบ and [DEL]walk[/DEL] [DEL]trot[/DEL] [DEL]jog[/DEL] run away from it
  14. Hey, is that pickguard one piece? Never seen one like that on a jazz before, cool.
  15. $150 would be a stretch- the tuner without the bushing screams abused
  16. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    It's beat. ..and missing the E ferrule. $150 Max.
  17. raybone


    Jul 14, 2006
    A.C Jersey
    The question is would it be a perfect match for your skinny jeans and Peavey/Crate/Behringer combo? Might need a few more boogers on it!!!
  18. I didn't get a good look at the bass from my phone. After revaluation, I'd say $150. It could use some love and work. Mostly work.
  19. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    I bought a MIM jazz bass for $200 no case from a pawn shop. I had a bunch of dings but played and sounded good. It was banged up in a good rock and roll pawn shop bass kind of way!
    I would try to be patient for a good deal. There are many to be had right now.
    Have fun!
  20. Well, that's one awesome-looking bass! I'm sure it plays just as good as it looks! MIM Jazzes all the way. I've got one (which I paid $600 for new) and I have no intention of getting rid of it anytime soon. Plus is my first bass, and I intend to keep it for as long as I can. I had some playability issues with it, but as soon as I changed the strings, problem was solved.

    As for the OP's Jazz option... I've seen pawn shop basses in better condition. Some people seem not to care one bit about their stuff! :eek: I'd pay no more than $200, and that's pushing it. Again, I've seen some $100 pawn shop basses that look way better... as for tone and playability, prolly the MIM is a safer bet.