Why are Used Fender Aerodyne Jazz Basses over $1,000?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thom Fioriglio, Jun 19, 2021.


  1. Hi all,

    I came across a YouTube video review of the Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass and became intrigued. New ones go for $825. I checked out Reverb and used ones are going for $1200-$1300. I don't know enough about these basses yet. Can anyone give any insight as to why the older used ones are going for such a high price? Are the newer ones of lesser quality? I did notice there were more color options with the older ones. The current comes in Black. Thanks for any info you can share.

    Here is the link to the Reverb page for used Aerodynes.

    Gear | Reverb

    Thom
     
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Because prices are going up across the board?
     
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  3. Interspace Station

    Interspace Station Director at THE SPACEPORT Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    New York
    @Thom Fioriglio could be you are looking at non-export versions, which are sold in Japan for their local market. If they have a pickguard, dots on the fretboard and straight jack, those aren’t the same as the US versions without pickguard, no dots on the fretboard, and angled strat jack.
     
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  4. Interspace Station

    Interspace Station Director at THE SPACEPORT Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    New York
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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Lots of ASKING prices on Reverb and Craigslist are crazy right now.

    If you have an account with Reverb you can see recent sold listings. It's an option in a search. That will tell you what things actually sold for.

    It's under "Show Only".

    I just did it and they mostly sell for between $600 & $800. Some went for less. A few special ones sold for more.
     
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  6. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Non-export versions, as mentioned. Which came in a variety of finishes, and don't have that silly strat-style output jack. Those models have always commanded a premium over the export (read; less desirable) versions. Also, that Reverb link is showing mostly non-USA sellers, which is a whole 'nuther ball game.
     
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  7. Thanks all. That makes sense.
     
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  8. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

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  9. Warpeg

    Warpeg

    Jun 20, 2005
    Ohio
  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Thanks!
    I new you had to be a supporting member to do something. :)
     
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  11. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2009
    Alabama
    If you can find 3 very good examples sitting on brick and mortar store shelves this weekend in the U.S. at a reasonable street prices, I'll be shocked, and very interested.

    The cost of being a supporting member is nominal if you haven't checked, lately.
     
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  12. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    The good ones come in quite a few colors..
    The ho-hum ones...only black.
    (Non-import vs import.)
     
  13. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    I built one at a cost of ~$700. Aerodyne unloaded body, Fender Jazz Fretless neck, EMG electronics, Gotoh bridge.
    20210430_212131.jpg
     
  14. Dominic DeCosa

    Dominic DeCosa Habitual Line-Stepper Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 9, 2008
    Winter Park, Florida
    DiCosimo Audio
    In general, I’ve found basses from Japanese sellers tend to be priced above typical market value.
     
  15. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Because reverb takes 1/3 of your money.
     
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  16. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    Great build !! :drool::cool::thumbsup:
     
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  18. Dominic DeCosa

    Dominic DeCosa Habitual Line-Stepper Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 9, 2008
    Winter Park, Florida
    DiCosimo Audio
    Reverb’s Seller Fee is 5%. For comparison, eBay’s is 12.55%.
     
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  19. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Yeah, 5% posted fee.

    For reference, I just sold a set of jazz quarter pounders for $80.

    Reverb paid me 67.

    So again, they take 1/3 of your money.
     
  20. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    1/3 of $80 is $26.66
     
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