What would you replace first on a new MiM fender?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rob-in-London, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Rob-in-London


    Jun 21, 2008
    London, England
    Endorsing artist: Rusty Deluxe Pickups
    I'm thinking the bridge, because it looks a little less than solid. But maybe someone will say pickup(s)

    In any case, let us know why you think so - with a view to MiM in particular.

    The background (if you care):

    I'll be traveling home to the US for a visit, and I want to take advantage of the low prices. My plan is to buy a new Standard Jazz to be my "everyday full-range instrument", to complement my rather heavy "Parts Bass" P-Bass which I'm putting tapewounds on.

    And while I'm shopping... the parts are all cheaper too! We pay almost double over here in dollar terms.
  2. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006

    You might just like the bass stock. Why not wait and play it for a while and you make the decision. There is certainly nothing on a MIM Jazz that NEEDS to be replaced. Also, Mark Twain said that the only man who should use the word "we/us" when he means "I/me" is a head of state or a man with a tapeworm. Good luck.
  3. Simon Langley

    Simon Langley

    Jun 19, 2007
    Chico, CA
    1. BRIDGE
    2. PICKUPS
    4. TUNERS
    5. NECK
    6. BODY
  4. 1.Pickups ( Get some Basslines)
    2.Bridge ( Leo Quan Badd Ass)
    3.Hardware ( Get some Hipshot Tuners and a Bass Xtender)

    Dont forget the strings !
  5. Jonyak


    Oct 2, 2007
    Ottawa, Ont
    The neck...

    I have had MAJOR problems with the 3 mim basses I have own... all of them neck problems..

    IMO, don't buy a MIM fender bass... not worth it.
  6. ghiadub


    Jan 17, 2006
    Auburn, CA
    Everything else sounds fine on the passive basses IMO.

    If you are going for a different sound, buy a different bass.
  7. silverburst

    silverburst Commercial User

    Aug 22, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Seems like you could get a nice used MIA Jazz for about the same price as a MIM and all of the parts you want to throw at it.
  8. wildcard

    wildcard Guest

    The pick-ups, pots, & I'd have the frets dressed up. Later on, I'd replace the bridge ,with a vintage US Fender bridge, replace the nut with a bone nut. That 's just what I would do . I'm sure other people have different ideas, but this is what I would do, if it were mine.
  9. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    1. Bridge. I replaced the MIM bridge on my project fretless Precision, and noticed a substantial improvement in clarity and sustain. I used a Gotoh 201, which is less expensive than a Badass.

    2. Pickups, but only if you're unhappy with the tone.

    I have no problem with the tuners, neck, etc.
  10. wazzel


    Dec 27, 2007
    Cypress, TX
    If you are planning on changing out all kind of stuff why not get a diferent bass?
  11. GabeN


    Feb 27, 2006
    Chugiak, AK
    Bust out a tiny bit extra money and get a Geddy Lee. Made in Japan basses blow away MIM's.


    If you get a MIM, then I'd replace the strings right off with DR Lo-riders and have it set-up. I'm a DIY kind of guy so I say try doing some fret work to get the wires even with the edge of the neck.

    If you play it and you absolutely can't live with some part because it just sucks, then replace it. Don't replace good parts just because they're made 10 minutes south of the USA Fender plant by the same people as the USA plant except they haven't jumped the border yet.
  12. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    Get a Highway 1 bass for just a bit more, and you already get the Badass bridge, better pickups, and so on. These basses just sound fantastic.
  13. RED5


    Jan 14, 2008
    Suffolk County,NY
    Here's a short list; What I didn't replace on my 06 MIM Jazz Deluxe...The Neck......the Body. Thank you I'm done now.
    It plays and sounds unbelieveable now. I've even gotten offers for it from friends who've tried it. The long list in order of replacement; Fender vintage tuners
    Bone Nut
    Pickgaurd-tort to white
    Pickups- stock to Basslines
    bridge-Badass II
    Audere JZ5 Pre
    recessed Dunlop straplocks
    engraved neckplate w/gasket
    Drilled and fitted string through ferrules
    thank god I liked the paint! Candy Red. All of these mods except the ferrules and straplocks are reversible. Still I don't think I'll ever sell it.
  14. GabeN


    Feb 27, 2006
    Chugiak, AK
    Yeah, I forgot about that one. MIA for the price of MIJ!

    Seriously DO NOT replace anything unless it really bothers you or you have cash that you just want to waste. The whole point of replacing parts is to A. make it play better or B. to improve the tone to your liking. If the bass does it's job then don't "fix" it.
  15. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    Luke (I mean, RED5), did you really find the original nut to be a problem for you? What do you notice that's better now that you've gone with a bone nut on your MIM?
  16. KrispyJones


    Dec 3, 2006
    1. bridge -> bad ass
    2. pus -> barts
    3. brass nut or how its called
  17. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    These well actually effect the sound.

    Whatever your preference is.
    Everybody got an opinion, and mine differers from most.
    I like Schaller.
    I'm no fan from anything from Leo Quan (badass bridges) however some love them.
    Pickups...Well skies the limit.
    I'm having Nordy's put into one right now.

    Maybe the nut.

    I don't think the tuners are to bad.

    Myself I would put straplocks.
    I put the same system on all my basses so I can switch straps with ease.


    Pickgaurds are cosmetic so its whatever you think.

  18. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I've played good and bad from both
  19. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    I have a MIM P bass and It's superb...apart from loose tuners which I'm going to replace with a set of Wilkinsons.
    Then I'll retro fit covers and thumbrest.

    I'm happy with everything else on it.
  20. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I think of it this way:

    ~$1050 '08 P-bass + $0 for mods = ~$1050

    ~$850 Hwy-1 P-bass + $200 for mods = ~$1050

    ~$500 MIM P-bass + $400 for mods = ~$900

    Resale for each (including mods for Hwy-1 and MIM):

    MIA '08 standard ~$600 with case
    Hwy-1 P-bass ~$450 with gig bag
    MIM P-bass ~$250 with gig bag

    All IMHO, YMMV. There is no right or wrong here, IMHO. :bag: