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What MIA Fender is this ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Papersen, Oct 19, 2005.


  1. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    I´ve just bought a MIA Fender, but since I´m no Fender expert I´d like to know the specific model (standard, traditional, etc.)

    Pics attached








    Features:
    - Made in 1993
    - 22 frets
    - Fender tuning machines (has a "F" written)

    Thanks everyone.
     
  2. Oliver

    Oliver

    Jun 21, 2003
    Perth, Australia
    looks like your average MIA 4 string Jazz to me....:)
     
  3. That's just a regular MIA J4 offered in a finish that is no longer optional.
     
  4. In the early 90s, MIA standards had 22 frets. Nowadays, they are back to the standard 20 and the Deluxes have 22.
     
  5. Unchain

    Unchain I've seen footage.

    Jun 20, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    Plain MIA Jazz.
     
  6. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    interesting body shape
     
  7. i concur. something beyond a standard MIA perhaps? or was it just another expierimental fender thing?
     
  8. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Yep, I noticed the same thing.
    Here´s a side comparison with my other Fender
    (it´s a MIA Amer.Traditional)
     
  9. John Coxtosen

    John Coxtosen Music Geek/Bass Nerd

    May 25, 2005
    Duluth, MN
    Jenderfazz is right. That was the "New Coke" in the early 90's. You'll see similar Jazz and Precision "Plus" models from the same era. I'm starting to see alot of these for sale recently and alot of folks are confused as to what they are.
     
  10. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    I have pretty much that same bass in the same finish.

    I bought mine new in 1992, and it's a Fender American Standard...I can't tell from that angle, but mine's a 'long horn' and has the black strat style knobs as well.

    It's a good solid bass, and the 'longhorn' makes neck-dive non-existent.

    Check it out:

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Yes, seems to be the same bass. Has the same "long horn",
    22 frets, and strat style knobs. Thanks a lot for the info.
     
  12. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I think those Jazz basses with the long upper horn are typically referred to as "Bannana Bass". Nice bass. Not as attractive a shape as the "traditional" Jazz bass, but not bad. That bass probably has grea pickups and loads of Fender Mojo.
     
  13. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY

    Mine does have great pickups...They're Fralins...and supposed to be made to 1963 spec. ;)


    The American Standard pickups have made it into the Fretless Jazz.
     
  14. truckin88

    truckin88

    Oct 18, 2001
    Newburgh, NY
    actually people call them the "longhorn" basses
     
  15. Burn, what year is the Fender sunburst? Looks sweet!
     
  16. dgce

    dgce

    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Yeah, "new Coke" indeed! Some new ideas just never catch on. I had one of those "long horn" Jazz basses in the 90s in white. It was an interesting look though I didn't care for the "Strat" style knobs. I recall I replaced them heavy chrome ones. I also upgraded it with EMGs and wow, did that make a world of difference tonally! Otherwise, it was basically a standard US made J bass. I recall the Fender was making Precision Plus or Deluxe models with a P-shape but with that extended horn with PJ Fender Lace Sensor pickups. There's some music book out there some where with a picture of a couple of then brand new longhorns on the cover.

    I sold that bass for a vintage reissue and I don't think I've seen another since.

    r
     
  17. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Here's the book. Good one.
     
  18. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Its a 1973...all stock, except for the covers, and I have a set of them that are the right era, but not from this bass.

    It's a killer boomer.
     
  19. dgce

    dgce

    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Holy crap! That's it! Kinda goofy looking, but I like the white one.

    r
     
  20. FireAarro

    FireAarro

    Aug 8, 2004
    austr-
    Those on the book look really nice. A modern touch, I guess.