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Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

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Feb 22nd, 2017 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My understanding is that M means Mexico, N means Nineties, and 5 means the year. I think serial numbers go on necks when they are produced, and have seen Strat Plus guitars with E4 (84) serial numbers, even though that series wasn't introduced until 1987.

69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

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Feb 22nd, 2017 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

my main squeeze is a marcus miller made in japan jazz bass but I also recently acquired a classic 50s Pbass with upgraded seymour duncan pups.. very nice

MIM P Bass

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Feb 22nd, 2017 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Best I have ever owned was a 2011 Fender American Special that I put a BabicZ Bridge and Hipshot 27:1 tuners. The neck was phenomenal thinner C and satin finish, in feel, playability, action and stayed in tune for several weeks at a time. BTW: I had a 1964 Fender Precision with a twisted neck. Carbon rods in the neck help with neck stability.

HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Feb 24th, 2017 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an MIM P-bass. Got it in 1999. I intended to play it in church, but did not pursue it far enough before the church found a bass player. (One not out of practice like me.)

Mine must be that midnight blue color mentioned on p. 1. My grandson says it's purple.

Mine has Strat knobs instead of the metallic-looking silver-colored knobs like you normally see.

Bass experts: How common are Strat knobs on P-Basses?

super400
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Snohomish WA USA

Look at Them Beans!
Feb 24th, 2017 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a recent MIM "limited run" natural swamp ash Jazz. Picked it up on closeout at a great deal. Thought I'd just get the deal, and keep it around for the fun of it as I've really been a Pbass guy most of my life.

However, this bass is awesome as it came from the factory. I absolutely love the feel, the tone, the look. If I could I would widen the neck, but I have found some advantages to that narrow J neck as well.

Now, if I could just get used to the 2 pickup setup. The bass is great, the operator challenged.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Feb 25th, 2017 05:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Henry:

Over the years, I've seen Strat knobs on Fender basses quite a bit, usually on less expensive, student-level or beginner-level models. Some players favor these knobs because they like the numbers printed on them.

I like the ones that go to 11. (WINK)

George

HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Feb 26th, 2017 08:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, edmonstg. I had never noticed strat knobs on a p-bass before. Mine is a real Fender Precision Bass, MIM, and cost a little over $300 in 1999.

BrentD
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United States

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Mar 1st, 2017 08:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think the Strat knobs were stock on MIM Standard P-Basses in 1999.

EDIT: There's a period link below (somewhere between 1998 and 2000, I think 2000). Looks like Strat knobs in the photo.

2000? MIM Standard Specs

(This message was last edited by BrentD at 10:51 AM, Mar 1st, 2017)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Mar 2nd, 2017 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Link no work (for me).

George

HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Mar 4th, 2017 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey BrentD, the link is to my bass, except mine is a dark blue color, until my grandson told me it was purple. About the same color as the NY Giants football helmets. Maybe a little more purple.

BrentD
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By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Mar 4th, 2017 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think that is Electron Blue.

Edmonstg, sorry, it's a wonky link because the Internet Archive links don't copy well. I can try to post a different one but it's basically a link to a cached version of Fender's P-Bass page from 2000.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Mar 5th, 2017 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My fretless is a Parts-O-Caster, but constructed almost entirely of MIM bits and pieces. The neck was originally fretted, I pulled the frets and inlaid the slots with ivory strips made from old salvaged piano keys. Strung with LaBella Deep-Talkin' Flats, it's a keeper.

DIY fretless

Stratzilla

Carlisle, OH

Mar 5th, 2017 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a brand new MIM P bass just yesterday. Love it!

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Mar 8th, 2017 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought my 2012 MIM Fender Jazz body as NOS in 2015 and paired it with a 2015 '62 RI MIM Fender Jazz neck. It has DiMarzio Model J pickups and a Fender vintage style bridge.

This has become my favorite hands down in terms of versatility. My '76 P will always have a big place in my heart, as will my '87 MIM Squier Jazz, but when push comes to shove the 2012 MIM wins out.

2012 MIM Fender Jazz

(This message was last edited by dg27 at 08:31 PM, Mar 8th, 2017)

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 8th, 2017 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

2015 Fender MIM FSR Standard Jazz (natural finish ash body) recent update

I had a 2011 Fender American Special Jazz bass that replaced the Hwy One bass. I loved but sadly had to sale. The narrow or slim C neck was very special and easy playing. It had the Posiflex carbon truss system and no dead spots. OK,I ran into a place that had unused 2011 Fender USA Hwy One necks with slim profile neck, posiflex truss system, rosewood fretboard like the Special had with nice grain Still in the new box it shipped from Fender in. And best of all a satin urethane neck instead of the thinly sprayed nitro that eventually rubbed off. It was a perfect fit on my 2015 Fender MIM FSR Standard Jazz (natural finish ash body). This replaced the original neck that had dead spots and little sustain. Now no dead spots and boat loads of sustain if I need it. Didn't think I would ever experience this neck profile again as the Special was a very short run. It's demise was older style vintage hardware and at the time only $200-$300 more for the American Standard.

What is amazing is I also have a 2015 Fender Standard Jazz (CAR) with a wonderful Maple neck/Fretboard with absolutely no buzz, low action and NO Dead Spots. All this with the standard stock neck. I love this bass

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 10:53 PM, Mar 8th, 2017)

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