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You like what you like. Fender MIJ over USA

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass2Bass7, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. Bass2Bass7


    Sep 11, 2008
    Endorsing Artist: Performance Guitars, Ashdown Amplification & DR Strings
    My girl bought me the Maple Fender USA Jazz Bass V for $2000.00 for my birthday last year from GC. No matter what I had done to it, I could not get it to play the way I like. I put new Nordstrand Pickups in it had my tech set it up and tweak the neck put new strings on it, everything I could think of. I still could not get it to play well physically. It never sounded that good tonally either. I practiced with it for hours and used it for 2 gigs. Just didn't cut it..

    I sold it and purchased the Black MIJ 70's Reissue for $700.00. I could not be happier! It played perfect right out of the case and has become my #2 Bass (Next to my #1 Performance YB6) The weight is perfect the tone is Amazing (I did add Lollar JB Pickups and an Audere Preamp just to give it a bit more power) Neck is fast and it plays so much better than the $2000.00 Fender.

    Sometimes it just works out that way. Sometimes you get what you pay for Sometimes you don't..

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  2. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    From what I've heard and read over the years, Fender Japan is a completely different company from the U.S. The instruments they send here tend to have murkier, sometimes kinda yellowed finishes, with cheaper, shiny hardware.

    Fender Japan does have better routing and assembly imo.
  3. hardtwister


    Jan 1, 2013
    I sold my 1977 Fender Jazz bass after acquiring a 1983 Squier JV Jazz Bass by Fender Japan. The JV is much lighter and has the nicest rolled neck edges.. It sounds great and is a joy to play. Just my personal experience..
  4. xroads


    Nov 6, 2012
    Are you comparing a 5-string (US) to a 4-string (MIJ)?
  5. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer
    My birthday is coming up, I want a new bass, can I borrow your girl? I promise to return her in the exact same condition. :D

    The MIJ 70s series are by far my favorite Fender bass. Really nice looking bass you have.

  6. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    It wasn't that long ago that Fender Japan was considered equal, if not better, to Fender USA, in terms of quality production. I feel that USA Fender stuff, these days, is pretty damn good! That being said, every Japanese Fender I have played has been top notch. YMMV:bassist:
  7. Amen brother:

    "Sometimes it just works out that way. Sometimes you get what you pay for Sometimes you don't..."
  8. Rocktometrist


    Oct 3, 2012
    Here's something that has me totally baffled: I own a 1997 Fender Roscoe Beck V and a 2012 American deluxe jbass V...but what currently gets my playing time? A modded Squier VM Jag V.

    The fact that anyone can make a profit selling a bass for only $249 blows my mind. The fact that I love it as much or more than their top-of-the-line offerings has me questioning my sanity and possibly my entire approach to life. LOL
  9. Bass2Bass7


    Sep 11, 2008
    Endorsing Artist: Performance Guitars, Ashdown Amplification & DR Strings
    No.. I'm comparing the feel and play ability of a $2000.00 Bass to a $700.00 Bass
  10. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I had a great MIJ Jazz, but prefer the playability and looks of the US model.
    I actually prefer playing my Lakland Skyline Joe Osborn over my US Joe Osborn, although I prefer looking at the US made bass.



  11. hardtwister


    Jan 1, 2013
    Exactly. What does the number of strings have to do with the OP? Nada!
  12. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    USA ........ Fender/Warmoth, Sadowsky , Performance

  13. Tbone76


    Aug 24, 2013
    Upstate, NY

    Looks great! I have the 3tsb MIJ 70's model, and looking at your pic it seems that yours has the same bridge as mine. It's slightly different than the regular Fender bent plate, as it is secured with a screw at each corner. The plate on mine is also a little thicker than the standard bent plate. I did sand the finish down on the back of the neck, and now it feels and plays even better. Congrats!
  14. .
    I own both US and Japanese Fenders (2 of each).
    I can honestly say that I can't split them on quality.
    IMO the MIJ ones are at least as good as the US ones in both finish and playability.
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    So we all learned that some basses feel and sound good to us and some don't.
  16. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    Two things- 1. That is an awesome girlfriend!
    2. I like my MIM Nate Mendel P-bass better than my MIA- it just plays better and is also a pound lighter. More punch little faster neck.
  17. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    I guess I'm one of the weird ones, I usually prefer Fender's MIA instruments over the MIJs. I owned a Geddy for a brief time, and have tried several '51 RIs--the tuners felt wonky on all of them. I also didn't dig the finish on the '51 RI necks--too heavily applied, IMO.
  18. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    No, not "nada". You're comparing apples and oranges. A Fender V is a very different instrument than a standard (or reissue) 4-string Jazz. Especially when you're talking about the feel and sound of the bass.
  19. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    MIJ instruments are not uniformly better than the MIA models. Some are great, some are only fair (I've never run across an MIJ that I'd call "bad"). But most people prefer MIA instruments, and the used market prices bears that out. It's a rare day when a MIJ guitar sells for more than the MIA equivalent.
  20. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Used market prices are driven by new market prices, not instrument value alone.