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PostPosted: May 10th, 2018, 7:08 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: 83 precision bass MIJ
PostPosted: May 10th, 2018, 9:01 pm 
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wowza! such a beauty!

without traffic, twenty minutes from me. might be willing to go take a look if anyone is interested.

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PostPosted: May 11th, 2018, 12:01 am 
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I was surprised to read in the description it's an Olympic White. I thought it looked very blueish, like an aged Daphne Blue. Very pretty! Not sure about the price though, the JV series have some collector's value, especially since this is a Fender rather than a Squier, but if the original pickguard, pickups and electronics are not included 1200 seems a bit steep.

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PostPosted: May 11th, 2018, 6:14 am 
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Hhhhhhhmmmmmm, I do see it as Olympic White however agree it's a very dark picture. I believe the early Fender Japan basses like this one are very desired. Another nice feature about this bass is that it comes in a tweed case, I believe the price is a little high but at around $1000-$1100 would be a great deal.

I have one like this for sale for $900, it's Olympic White but has a Maple Finger board and is a little newer with bag case. Next to it is a Dauphin Blue Fender Japan Jazz.

http://www.bobsbargainbasementstudio.com/guitars%20sale.html


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PostPosted: May 11th, 2018, 6:56 am 
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"Made in Japan" is considered favorable to "Crafted in Japan" (in terms of older being better)- except after 2007:

The most sought after/ collectable Japanese Fenders are the JV series (1982 -1984). Next would be the SQ (original Japan Squire) series. Beyond that, the general school of thought is that the 1980's stuff (the earlier the year, the better) is the best bet. I don't have a JV, but I know at least one guy here does. I do have an early 80's E , and it definitely feels more like an actual vintage Fender to me than the the more recent reissue stuff (which is also very nice in its own right).

For Japanese Fenders, the letter code indicates year of manufacture, as follows:

"Made in Japan" era:
JV + 5 digits 1982 - 1984
SQ + 5 digits 1983 - 1984
E + 6 digits 1984 - 1987
A + 6 digits 1985 - 1986
B + 6 digits 1985 - 1986
C + 6 digits 1985 - 1986
F + 6 digits 1986 - 1987
G + 6 digits 1987 - 1988
H + 6 digits 1988 - 1989
I + 6 digits 1989 - 1990
J + 6 digits 1989 - 1990
K + 6 digits 1990 - 1991
J + 6 digits 1990 - 1991
K + 6 digits 1990 - 1991
L + 6 digits 1991 - 1992
M + 6 digits 1992 - 1993
N + 6 digits 1993 - 1994
O + 6 digits 1993 - 1994
P + 6 digits 1993 - 1994
Q + 6 digits 1993 - 1994
S + 6 digits 1994 - 1995
T + 6 digits 1994 - 1995
U + 6 digits 1995 - 1996
N + 5 digits 1995 - 1996
V + 6 digits 1996 - 1997

"Crafted in Japan" Serial Numbers

In 1997, Fender changed the "Made in Japan" decal to say "Crafted in Japan.
"Crafted in Japan" era:
A + 6 digits 1997 - 1998
O + 6 digits 1997 - 2000
P + 6 digits 1999 - 2002
Q + 6 digits 2002 - 2004
R + 6 digits 2004 - 2005
S + 6 digits 2006 - 2008
T + 6 digits 2007 - 2008

However- just to confuse matters further, after 2007 Fender Japan switched back to marking Fenders as "Made in Japan" though for a few years instruments with both decals were made. Serial numbers since that transition have continued the same sequence as the "CIJ" era.


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