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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Airsick Pilot, Feb 9, 2003.
That's not a fair comparison.
Japanese Fender models are more expensive than the mexican ones.
If the question is which one gives you better bang for the buck, that's another story...
Japan, without a doubt. The MIJ Fenders are pretty much on the same level as MIA Fenders IMO.
As a Proud owner of a MIJ Jazz Special My Vote is for Japan. BTW it has a Black Neck.
wow i would have never guessed
Ahh you know, now that you brought that up..I didn't even know the Japanese Fenders cost more than the Mexican ones. From where I'm at, the Mexican Fenders are pretty expensive as compared to a Japanese one when I get it direct from a Japanase Website...do you know the U.S list prices for Japanese basses so the price comparison between the Mexican and Japanese would be "fair"?
I've seen used MIJs go on eBay for $400 and new MIMs are $380 at Musicians Friend
From what I have seen while shopping for Jazz basses:
New Mexican Fenders ~ $400 us
New Japanese Fenders ~ $600 us
New American Fenders ~ $800 us
MIJ are by far better instruments. I played a Squire MIJ, it kicked MAJOR @$$!
I can only imagine how the Fender MIJ's would play
..I voted MIJ...
(HD's edit - substituted "MIJ" for another term considered to be a slur...)
is there really that much of a significant difference? Seems like if they're both good basses, it'd be smarter to go with the least expensive. Besides if the sound doesn't suit you, it's probably cheaper to get a new pick-up installed. But I'm not terribly picky about my sound, I'm happy as long as it sounds like a bass.
I traded a buddy of mine my old pa I bought for $200, for A Fender Mexican bass, and it sounds great one of the better sounding basses I've had! Next to my Peavey Foundation!
IMO, its too general a question. There are different levels of instruments made in both countries. IMO, the lower end MIMs have the edge over the lower end CIJs, some of which are very humble. The upper end (non-artist) CIJs probably just have the edge over comparable MIMs by virtue of having US pups. However, there is no CIJ equivalent for the excellent value MIM Deluxe basses, the Jazz version of which has the John Suhr pups and preamp from the old MIA Deluxe. So, when it comes down to it, you have to get specific, like with everything else.
I hate to say it but the major weakness of my favorite Musical instrument manufacturer has been quality control. Japanese manufactures have been the world leaders in QC since the late sixties. From my experience and what I have heard from others I strongly feel that due to better QC the MIJ Fenders are more consistent then their North American Cousins.
The necks on MIJ's are brilliant and IMHO far better than the MIM.
I would put the rider on this that the only fender I have played is...........................wait for it [hangs head in shame] a Fender MIJ telecaster.
So the above probably does not count on this thread
I voted for the MIJ's. Also, I like the variety that is offered with the MIJ Fenders. I have no idea why they won't offer the same stuff with the MIM's.
japan. by far.
Well, since i'm mexican i'll go with the mexican fenders (plus they are cheap and sound really great)
Personally, I think the MIJ are of better quality, but IMHO I think it's more economical to get a MIM and upgrade the p'ups/hardware/etc.
I really love my modified MIM's, perhaps even more than the MIA's. (I know I'm gonna get a lot of grief from that statement.) I just have a hard time justifying the price tag on the MIA's when you can get a more affordable, quality instrument that you can personalize. I don't think I could upgrade anything on a MIA after I paid nearly a grand for it. Just my $.02.
The 'bang for the buck' winner, IMHO, is the MIJ Geddy Lee Jazz.
Oh so now its a race issue!