09-15-2007 07:39 PM
09-15-2007 07:43 PM
09-15-2007 07:51 PM
I (personally) think they're all basically the exact same thing, built in different parts of the world which DOES change their qualities due to humidity/temp difference. I can't confirm this...obviously...but I do like more MiJ's than MiM's. Though there are some gems that come from the MiM factories. That's for sure.
09-15-2007 07:54 PM
09-15-2007 07:55 PM
Surely Fender has strict quality controls in place.
I had an MIJ Jazz years ago that was excellent. And dare I say, it was better than the MIA Jazz that I had before it.
09-15-2007 08:20 PM
09-15-2007 09:27 PM
It comes down directly to hardware, wiring, and electronics. That's the difference.
In my experience with MIM v. MIA v. MIJ Fenders, those are the only differences. When you build guitars and basses in the same shapes with alder bodies and maple necks, they all have a good base for an instrument. It's the stuff that goes on them that either makes it "good" or "great."
And, because I know someone will bring it up as soon as I post this, the wood will vary no matter what. Even if the instrument has a five piece alder body, it doesn't mean it won't resonate and sound better than a two piece center-joined body. It all comes down to individual pieces of wood. As long as the pieces being used work well with each other, you can end up with an amazing guitar or bass. It's this very reason why there are both MIM's and MIA's that just sound bad. It's also the same reason why there are MIM's that smoke MIA's.
Hopefully that's clear enough. :thu:
09-15-2007 10:18 PM
Very clear and very good. To be fair, the hardware, electronics and wiring are the only elements of the instrument other than the woods, finishes and attention to detail. The finishes differ in the different lines and as you pointed out, the woods differ as well. It is generally true that the more expensive lines get more attention, not because the manufacturers are inherently better, but because they are given the opportunity to finesse within the build process.
09-15-2007 10:24 PM
09-16-2007 12:19 AM
chances are a Mexican made it regardless of what it says on the headstock,
09-16-2007 12:36 AM
09-16-2007 03:11 AM
09-16-2007 04:57 AM
09-16-2007 06:32 AM
09-16-2007 07:20 AM
I would buy a CIJ/MIJ or a MIA Fender without trying it. Not sure I would do that with a MIM. You do get lucky with a MIM from time to time, though. Some of them really are amazing instruments.
09-16-2007 08:41 AM
Necks are made of wood right? I thought I had that shit covered when I asked myself "what's different?" and answer "everything!"
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