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Will Fender still have the MIM basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by road-cat1, Jun 19, 2018.


  1. road-cat1

    road-cat1 Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2008
    Mesa, AZ
    With the New Fender PLAYER series made in USA at a lower price point, does that mean that the MIM FENDER will be no longer made? Unless they roll out 5 string basses in the Player series, that will seriously impact buying decisions.
     
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  2. LowEndOperative

    LowEndOperative Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    Michigan
    The “Player” series replaces the Standard series. MIM, with higher list prices.
     
  3. Modest_Moose

    Modest_Moose Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2014
    Washington
    Which is a bummer they cost more for essentially the exact same thing rebranded
     
  4. road-cat1

    road-cat1 Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2008
    Mesa, AZ
    So is this a USA product ? Or will this be still made in Mexico ?
     
  5. LowEndOperative

    LowEndOperative Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    Michigan
    MIM
     
  6. road-cat1

    road-cat1 Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2008
    Mesa, AZ
    got it....but what will happen to the 5 string MIM basses? Will the Player be in addition to the MIM 5 strings?
     
  7. Solude

    Solude

    Sep 16, 2017
    The big difference is the pickup upgrade and colour options.
     
  8. sigterm

    sigterm ;) ;) ;), love y'all Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Atlanta G of A
    It'd be real interesting to get a standard fender that's U.S. Made by Mexicans at a higher price than a standard fender MX made by Mexicans. I'd really want to see the savings in shipping costs in my wallet rather than theirs.
     
  9. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
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  10. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    I'm thinking the savings in shipping will be overrun by Fender's profit margin...
     
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  11. Modest_Moose

    Modest_Moose Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2014
    Washington
    I thought they used the same pickups?
     
  12. Solude

    Solude

    Sep 16, 2017
    They do not. Current MIM Standard basses are ceramic bar magnets. The Player series use alnico 5 pole magnets.
     
  13. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    By the way, Fender frowns on the MIM tag.
    They prefer them to be called MIMBs.
     
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  14. LowEndOperative

    LowEndOperative Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    Michigan
    Five string “Player” is available at American Musical.
     
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  15. Interesting.

    I hate to say it, but those features combined with the maple board option, and considering the noticeable bump in quality standards for the MIM Standard (Player), make the price increase about right for what you're getting. Especially if you want Fender legitimately on your headstock.

    They are blurring the line between foreign and domestic, which makes for a tough choice for U.S. consumers.

    FWIW, I love my contemporary MIM Standards. I own two J and two P from circa 2009 or newer. They are pure stock, rock solid, more than get the job done, and in heavy rotation studio and stage. If I were starting all over again with Fender basses, I'd probably cough it up for the new Player line, or wait for a gently used one.

    Some of those finishes, wow.
     
  16. gomania16

    gomania16

    Jan 24, 2009
    Do you think this could be a result of all the trade stuff that is happening? You know Squier dicontinued a lot of its Classic Vibe basses, which were made in China.
     
  17. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    THIS_tenor.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2018
  18. brainthmpngfast

    brainthmpngfast

    Mar 5, 2018
    Oregon
    Trade wars is what killed the 70s CV P? Shame on you, world legislators.
     
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  19. Cough it up? They're listed for $675, which is $50 more than a MIM Standard. Its basically a new MIM standard, a few more options, a bit more coin. Like the professional series vs USA standard.
     
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  20. bass151

    bass151

    Mar 10, 2012
    Hi guys, Can anyone tell me the difference between ceramic and alnico pickups. Better, worse, different flavor?
     
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