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mfitz804
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May 2nd, 2017 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a Squier Jaguar Short Scale, it was ok but I really prefer a full size bass. The only bass I've ever liked is a Fender Jazz Bass.

The obvious answer is, get a Fender Jazz Bass since that's the only one I've liked. I guess I'm interested in learning what else is out there that's similar, and I'm not a bass player per se so I don't follow what's available.

Looking to spend under $500, $300 would be ideal, since it just for messing around. Not really thinking about Squier, but perhaps I should be.

Thanks in advance.

(This message was last edited by mfitz804 at 10:37 PM, May 2nd, 2017)

hushnel
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May 2nd, 2017 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

With the lesser expensive lines you just have to try out more. A lot of thier weakness is they really haven't been set up.

A year ago this week I was ambushed by a Squire Affinity Bronco at $150.00. It played really well, nice and light, I did put about $300 into it in upgrades. I know it'll never be worth what I've got into it but I don't care. I can always put it back together and keep my expensive parts for another project.

Check out used stuff, It's possible you don't really know what your looking for, but I bet you'll know you found it when you play it.

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May 2nd, 2017 09:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

...Not really thinking about Squier, but perhaps I should be..."

Yep, you should be. When one of the top jazz and classical bassists in our area was looking for a five-string, he bought a Squier. Very capable instruments and a great value.


mfitz804
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Godzilla the Thread Killa
May 3rd, 2017 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It seems there is not much of a price differential between a new, higher end Squier and a used MIM Fender Jazz.

digiboy

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May 3rd, 2017 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The only bass I've ever liked is a Fender Jazz Bass."

Do you have a Jazz bass now?

If not and you get something else you'll always be wondering if you'd prefer a Jazz. So get a Jazz!

You can do OK with a Squier model, or look for a used Fender if you are on a budget.




rockdoc11

USA

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May 3rd, 2017 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can easily pick up a used MIM Fender Jazz bass for the price range you listed. I typically see these in the $300-$400 range. I have played a lot of these over the years, and always been pleased.

The great thing about buying used is that, if and when you sell it, you can usually get back most of, all of, or even more than you paid for it.

Plus every new bass becomes a used one when you bring it home!

mfitz804
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May 3rd, 2017 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Do you have a Jazz bass now?

If not and you get something else you'll always be wondering if you'd prefer a Jazz. So get a Jazz!"

I do not have a Jazz now. I think you have the right answer, I need to just find a Jazz Bass.

"You can easily pick up a used MIM Fender Jazz bass for the price range you listed. I typically see these in the $300-$400 range. I have played a lot of these over the years, and always been pleased.

The great thing about buying used is that, if and when you sell it, you can usually get back most of, all of, or even more than you paid for it.

Plus every new bass becomes a used one when you bring it home!"

Yup, I think it only makes sense to get the Jazz, it will hold its value like you said. And I have never had an issue buying used, no reason to start now!!

mfitz804
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May 4th, 2017 06:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Definitely only looking at a Jazz Bass. Trying to decide if I cheap out and go Squier, or only semi cheap out and go MIM used.

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
May 4th, 2017 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Squier's are hit and miss. I played a 2005 (first year China made) and it was a really sweet playing bass. The best MIM Fender Standard I have bought came from Sweetwater (CAR with Maple fretboard). They do a 51 point inspection and I picked the exact one I wanted based on weight and color. It came perfectly setup, neck had low action with no fret buzz. Tuners were very smooth and no dead spots.

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
May 4th, 2017 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here is a used one on Ebay that has a very nice looking rosewood fretboard and in your price range

Fender MIM Standard Jazz Bass

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
May 4th, 2017 09:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another really nice looking bass

Fender MIM Standard Jazz Bass

HeavyDuty
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May 5th, 2017 05:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As a bass player, I agree with the suggestions to look at used MIM Fenders. My only comment would be to get a real bass instead of a Jazz - a Precision.

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May 5th, 2017 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was forced to buy a Precision Bass back in 2000.

My 1965 Epiphone bass developed a short 3 days before my first gig after not playing for over 20 years. The local shop could not track down the problem. Time was short. I just bought the ONLY used bass they had in the store, a P-bass. It took a while, but I learned to play it well enough that when I bought a Jazz 4 years later, I regretted the purchase. It felt wrong.

I realize that a lot of people prefer the sound and the feel of a Jazz...and that is fine. I firmly believe that a lot of the attraction is the neck profile. For people transitioning from guitar to bass, the neck is a little more friendly.

Ask a few of your bass playing friends if you can play their bass. Find the one that you love the strings....both feel and sound...ask the owner the brand and model of strings and plan on using those.

If your goal is to just play when friends come over or when you head out to jam at a friend's house...get what you are comfortable with, a Jazz bass.

Close your eyes and envision the bass that catches your attention. Color and features. (such as anything OTHER than a plain white pick guard.)

It is available used to save some money. Try to find it via Craigslist locally...no shipping and no sales tax is a savings that will let you buy that pick guard that is not on the model you find for a budget price. Plan to add a set of new strings and pay the nice folks at the local guitar store to do a full set up with that set of strings.

Now you have your very own CUSTOM bass at a price that will be much more pocket friendly.

I prefer a MIM Precision, 3 color sunburst, rosewood fretboard, tortoise shell pick guard. Plain black Fender strap. I own a MIM Jazz that looks exactly like my Precision and I find that I ONLY play the P and not the Jazz.

In fact, I have "loaned" my 16 yr old nephew the Jazz and have not seen the bass for 2 years. Come to think of it, I need to buy him a better amp someday...

Oh boy...GAS!

mfitz804
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Godzilla the Thread Killa
May 5th, 2017 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Here is a used one on Ebay that has a very nice looking rosewood fretboard and in your price range"

Thanks, that might be exactly what I am looking for.

mfitz804
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Godzilla the Thread Killa
May 5th, 2017 09:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And I went for it. Thanks for the advice boys!!

hushnel
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May 6th, 2017 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool, let us know how ya like it, after the honeymoon of course "o)

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
May 6th, 2017 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have had Precisions and their tone is undeniably distinct (good) but they are not as versatile as a Jazz especially with an S-1 series/parallel pickup switch. I put them on both of my Jazz basses to get a big (fat) tone from them that is similar to a Precision (notice I said similar so no need to attack).

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
May 10th, 2017 12:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

mfitz804, Let us know how it performs for you when you receive it and play it

mfitz804
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May 12th, 2017 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It came today, I put on a set of 95's and this thing is SO resonant. Pluck a string and it rings out clear and true for a near infinite amount of time. The strings have that tight snappiness that the short scale bass just couldn't provide.

It's got that Jazz Bass thing that I really love and I'm glad I decided to stick with a Jazz.

VERY happy, and thanks again to Bubbalou for providing the link to this great instrument, which incidentally, is also in like new condition.

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
May 14th, 2017 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Your most welcome mfitz804. Glad you like it!

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