MIJ Fenders - the good years??

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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby dazzalenko » 15 Jun 2012, 19:19

vin-tone wrote:Wow. That is a really sexy P-Bass. PBD-62 is a 62 RI. Somebody buy that.

The pickguard is not original - it should be red tort. Black PG is 70'sRI.


So this one has the correct pg? MIJ P with red tort

I'd like this one more if it had a black or white pg..
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MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby Kingray » 15 Jun 2012, 19:41

I think Mr Mow is spot on, there's a lot to like about much of the Fender Japan stuff but it's not universally fantastic. There's a lot of uninformed stuff on the Internet, particularly regarding serial numbers which leads many astray.
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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby ryan_p » 16 Jun 2012, 09:56

Nice one. 12 months ago I would jumped on that. It's basswood, but it's also got the nicer tuners. Very similar to my late '80s PB57. They're the exact same body, only the fret board and logo is different.

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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby gafman » 16 Jun 2012, 11:43

I have two Japanese Fender Jazz basses and think they are great basses. :thumbup: The fretless is a '62 style made in the late 80's and the other a '75 re-issue I purchased new in 2005. They both come from Ishibashi who are great to deal with. Here's a pic of my J's.
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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby Snoopygore71 » 17 Jun 2012, 00:01

Dazz,

I agree that Jap Fender is a bit hit and miss. Several of the guys on the forum have tried my Sonic Blue 62RI, I assume this has a basswood body but cannot tell. It is a superb bass with a great neck and was tempted to trade it till just recently,

The prices are also the best right now.

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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby dazzalenko » 17 Jun 2012, 07:05

ryan_p wrote:Nice one. 12 months ago I would jumped on that. It's basswood, but it's also got the nicer tuners. Very similar to my late '80s PB57. They're the exact same body, only the fret board and logo is different.

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This sites got a bit of info on Japanese Fenders http://japanfender.wordpress.com/


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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby dazzalenko » 17 Jun 2012, 07:07

gafman wrote:I have two Japanese Fender Jazz basses and think they are great basses. :thumbup: The fretless is a '62 style made in the late 80's and the other a '75 re-issue I purchased new in 2005. They both come from Ishibashi who are great to deal with. Here's a pic of my J's.
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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby dazzalenko » 17 Jun 2012, 07:10

Snoopygore71 wrote:Dazz,

I agree that Jap Fender is a bit hit and miss. Several of the guys on the forum have tried my Sonic Blue 62RI, I assume this has a basswood body but cannot tell. It is a superb bass with a great neck and was tempted to trade it till just recently,

The prices are also the best right now.

Cheers


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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby Aussie Mark » 17 Jun 2012, 09:49

I'm not sure why there's a diss on basswood - basswood doesn't seem to do any harm to the stellar sound of Musicman Bongos.

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Postby PilbaraBass » 17 Jun 2012, 10:54

In fact, basswood was specifically chosen for the Bongo. My Squier is basswood, certainly nothing wrong with tone
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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby Snoopygore71 » 17 Jun 2012, 11:30

Trying to recall, does basswood produce a bright sound?
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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby Rude_Mechanical » 17 Jun 2012, 11:33

My understanding is that it is tonally similar to alder, just much less figured.

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Postby consecutive e » 17 Jun 2012, 13:08

Everything I've read claims it to be tonally neutral. So no added highs or lows or whatever I guess. Makes sense they'd use it for the Bongo with the neo pups and touchy 4 band EQ.


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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby Mr_Dave » 17 Jun 2012, 14:04

Rude_Mechanical wrote:My understanding is that it is tonally similar to alder, just much less figured.

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That's how I hear it. Generally nice and light too.
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Re: MIJ Fenders - the good years??

Postby OzzyGreg » 19 Jun 2012, 08:14

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I've only ever owned one MIJ Fender and thats the Power Jazz Special I still have. Its the one I'm playing in my avatar.
Its great, very well made and sounds superb.
The only issue I have had with it was a bit of a warp in the neck which I managed to straighten with heat/clamps. I haven't had it out for a couple of months, I'll have to check if the neck's still straight. Should be.
I'd definately buy another MIJ fender.
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