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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Let's hear from everyone who owns and plays a Fender MIM bass.

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Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Feb 15th, 2017 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought a 1995 Fender MIM Precision. MN5 serial number. Almost mint.

It's finished in an odd sort of sunburst, which features coal black around the edges, with the remainder of the body done in a yellowish, orange-ish kind of color almost like those creamsicle frozen treats we used to buy when I was a kid.

Don't know what the body wood is; may be alder or basswood.

Paid a couple of hundred bucks for it and it plays and sounds exactly the way I like for my Fenders to perform.

The pickup is loud and punchy and produces well- defined notes.

The fretboard is rosewood and the truss is above the nut on the headstock.

Unlike other MIM basses I have owned, this one does not need upgrading. It plays better than it should.

This bass will be in the car on my trips to all my gigs. I have a new backup.

What about yours?


(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 04:41 PM, Feb 15th, 2017)



Feb 15th, 2017 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have 2 from that era, a Midnight Wine 5 string and a Midnight Blue 4 string. Both are Jazz basses.

The Midnight Blue is LOUD. It was also somewhat uncontrollable and needed help. Strangely, I found it in the form of a BadAss bridge. I am generally not a fan of that bridge, but for this bass it seemed to do something good for it. It currently wears Rotosound Swing Bass 66's (LCs, to be specific) and those strings just might be perfect with that particular bass.

The 5 string I have had for nearly 20 years. I am the original owner and doubt I will sell it. Make no mistake; it is far from perfect (the B is a bit boomy and sometimes I do not like the neck profile). But I have put so many miles on that bass in terms of playing that it is somewhat like home. I DO think that Pau Ferro is a good compromise between maple and rosewood. If I were to replace the neck, it would be a Warmoth with a Pau Ferro fingerboard. This bass is nowhere near as loud as the Midnight Blue 4 string.

I don't think these basses will ever have the value that '60s and even '70s Fenders possess. It MAY be a thing where the less common colors are more desirable (or less desirable), but I still don't see them approaching '60s/'70s prices...ever.

Also, I think the '90s MIMs were a bit more inconsistent and are more likely to have replacement parts put in.

I believe those bodes were poplar for quite some time.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Feb 15th, 2017 05:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great report. Yes, poplar may be what I have but I'm not sure what poplar looks like. Need to do some research.


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Wichita, Kansas

Drums = pulse, Bass = heartbeat
Feb 15th, 2017 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only MIM bass I have is a Jazz fretless. It doesn't get a lot of play but I like it and have absolutely no issues with it. I'm not sure what the name of the color is. It's the color that can look blue or purple, depending on the light and the viewing angle. I did change the pickups to some Dan Armstrong asian-model lipsticks just because they look cool.

I also have an MIM Strat and an MIM Tele.

Speaking of more inexpensive instruments, one of my favorites is a Squier Affinity P that I paid $75 bucks for. Quarter-sawn neck, stock pickups. I'm not crazy about the vintage size frets, but that doesn't stop me from playing it. It has flatwound D'Addario Chromes on it and it sounds just killer-- full with a great attack. It is a real sleeper.

MIM fretless J

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Feb 15th, 2017 07:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have "nearly" matching Precision and Jazz MIM Standard Fender Bass guitars. 3 color sunburst, rosewood fret board. The Jazz still has the white factory pick guard. I have a tortoise shell pick guard on the P Bass. Jazz is currently loaned to my 16 yr old nephew to learn how to play...I doubt he has touched it in a month.

I bought the Jazz new and the P bass used. I believe they are both fairly new...maybe 3 years more or less. I have had them both about 2-3 years now.

All 4 of my P basses over the past 16 years have been MIM. All were blessed with pick guard changes to give them style.

White Pearloid on Lake Placid Blue.
Tortoise shell on Olympic White
Tortoise shell on Candy Apple Red
and most recently my personal favorite,
Tortoise shell on 3 Color Sunburst.

Both of my Jazz Basses were 3 Color Sunburst. My first was a Highway 1 bought new the year they were released. I added a tortoise shell pickguard to both of the Jazz Basses. The second was a MIM as I mentioned earlier.

I think they are the best "for the money" bass on the market...

...but some of those Squier are running a very close second.



Feb 15th, 2017 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Maestro, that is midnight blue.

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Chico CA

If you rest, you rust.
Feb 15th, 2017 09:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have three MIM basses as follows:

1994 Jazz, black with tort, rosewood board, basswood or poplar body, Schiller tuners, Fralin pickups, "A" neck.

1994 Precision, black with tort, rosewood board, alder body, Schiller tuners, Fender Original 62 pickups, "B" neck.

2007 Precision "Classic 50's", fiesta red with maple board, alder body, Schiller tuners, Fender Original 62 pickups, "C" neck.

Obviously none are stock. The 94 P is a killer! Lightest of the three and I love the B neck width. It's been the one I take to the gig since I picked it up 6 months ago.

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United States

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Feb 16th, 2017 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 2007 MIM Precision in Chrome Red. I bought it new and the only change was a pickup replacement under warranty because the original developed a short (no "upgrade," just a direct replacement).

I also have a MIM Road Worn Jazz that is a great instrument. It's light and well-made.

Both are absolute keepers, especially the Precision.

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Feb 16th, 2017 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My one and only bass (I only play bass on my own recording endeavors) started life as a wine red MIM Jazz bass. I have since replaced the body with a Fender Vintage 60s RI lacquer nitro in 3TSB, tort PG, a Gotoh bridge and Duncan Apollo pickups. I guess only the neck remains.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Feb 16th, 2017 08:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

These are great posts and my tingle is up a notch reading about all these outstanding basses.

It turns out my bass body is probably poplar.

Alder, ash, basswood, poplar, plywood, pine, fiberboard, Mexican, USA, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, China, Mongolia, Germany... if it sounds good, it sounds good.



New York City

Feb 16th, 2017 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wasn't there a MIM reissue of the '51 single coil P not long ago? I had just scored a CIJ Blue Paisley single coil P a few months earlier, otherwise I would have jumped on the MIM.

Anyone still got one of those MIM 51's?

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Feb 16th, 2017 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Both my 4 strings are MIMs, one a '94 Jazz black label Fender with "Squier Series" on the ball of the headstock, and the other a circa 2011 P Bass standard.

The '94 has more cost-cutting measures (single ply pickguard, no control plate, all one piece plastic guard, Strat-type pickup knobs), but it's been solid for the almost 20 years I've had it. Only thing I've ever changed on it are strings!

The '11 P Bass is a *much* better instrument in every way. It feels like a P bass, it booms like one, it plays well. And as an added bonus, it was at no cost to me (won a contest to get it).

I have four total MIM Fenders, I have zero desire to spend what they want on any of the MIA models these days (since the Jaguars are non-standard as all get out until you get above 2k) - I honestly don't know what Fender is thinking on pricing when I can get a VERY nice Gibson MIA instrument for the same $$$ and not feel like I got taken to the cleaners.

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Chico CA

If you rest, you rust.
Feb 16th, 2017 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


My 94 P mentioned earlier is also a black label Squier Series instrument. I bought it on Ebay and the seller never revealed that fact, the decal had been removed and it wasn't evident in the photos he posted.

When it arrived I immediately sent him a note claiming fraud and displeasure with the purchase. He responded by saying it doesn't matter, it's a great bass and pointed me to an online article all about the Squier Series instruments (saying they are not Squier instruments we know today).

Anyway, in the meantime I realized it had a excellent quality aftermarket tort guard, upgraded pots and knobs, and it played like butter.

Replacing the stock MIM pickups, I couldn't be happier with this bass tho' I'm still a little pissed about how the instrument was presented in the sale. Yours is the only other Squier Series I ever heard about.



Feb 17th, 2017 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have 2 Fender MIM's
2015 Fender FSR Ash Jazz with Natural finish, tort guard, and Rosewood Fretboard

And a 2016 Fender Standard CAR Alder body and maple fretboard. Light weight, nice action, TI Jazz Flats.

Love both but the FSR is my slight favorite, light weight holds tune well,nice feel good tone with Labella flats.

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Feb 17th, 2017 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, I've seen two others (not basses) in my travels. One had the Squier buffed out poorly on the headstock, the other was intact.

The thing for any of the MIMs of that era (Fender/Squier) is that there were no CNC machines in Mexico, so it's all US-cut stuff, they just did the finish work over the border.

So you've got a US neck, with Mexi fretwork and finish.



Do'in the 5 string thing!
Feb 17th, 2017 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well my luck with MIM Fender basses has been less than stellar. I've actually owned only one - a mid or late 90's Jazz Deluxe - black with tort pickguard, active preamp, rosewood fretboard. It had neck issues (bow and twist) and some god awful fretwork. I took it to my tech and he was able to get the neck playable and took good care of the frets. As soon as it was in decent shape I sold it. Haven't owned a MIM Fender since then. I've been patient and found several really good deals on MIA Fenders (a new Jazz and a used P-Bass) that ended up costing the same or a few dollars more than a new MIM bass. Been happy with that decision. I have played some MIM's in music stores that seemed just fine.

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Feb 19th, 2017 06:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had 3. A P, and 2 Jazzes. Always felt that the stuff built during the '90's had a lot of variance in the quality/fit/finish. I never did any mods, just left them alone and tried to make them work. PUPS were always a little harsh compared to what was going in the MIAs. My solution was to go right into a SABDDI, which really seemed to smooth things out. Liked the fact that the rod adjust was at the headstock. Eventually, I sold them all, had a few re-issues and MIAs. In 2004, I bought a slightly used '03 HWY 1 Jazz that I believe was assembled in Mexico, with US parts. It was under 8 Lbs., rod adjustment at the headstock, had a stable neck, a Fender bridge, and PUPS that sounded nearly identical to the American Standards. This is still my go-to Bass, mostly due to the weight and my 67 year old shoulders. My only complaint is the weird, thin, matte finish. I have a spot were my right arm rests where the finish actually peeled off.

I probably would not buy a '90s MIM without putting my hands on it first. That being said, the MIMs that Fender has built the last 12-15 years are really an improvement. Great alternatives to spending the big $$s on the American-made stuff.

Interesting thread George, good to see you back.

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good welder, crappy guitar player
Feb 19th, 2017 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have two...an MIM Fender Jazz Bass. Sunburst. One original pickup went bad so I replaced them both with American Jazz Bass pickups. I also have an MIM Fender Precision...."Squier Series"....not Squier "brand". Torino Red. Both are excellent basses.

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

Standing in the back, by the drummer.
Feb 19th, 2017 11:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a Deluxe P Bass Special when I started playing bass again and liked it, except that it was heavy. I no longer own a complete MIM bass, but have MIM necks on parts basses and a couple of spare necks lying around.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Feb 22nd, 2017 06:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The serial number of my MIM P-bass begins with MN5. Conventional wisdom would say the "MN" means mid-90s and the "5" means 1995.

Turns out, both of these are wrong.

I pulled the neck on my bass yesterday and the body is stamped February 1997.

My assumption is that the body and neck I have left the factory together.


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