Like many classic instrument manufacturers, Fender has its share of strange legends that surround their instruments. The Squier Series Mexican-made equipment from the late nineties are one such line. Supposedly after NAFTA was signed, Fender shipped a bunch of American necks and bodies to a Mexican plant and had them assembled with cheaper labor, thereby making them sellable at a lower price-point.
This honey of a J-Bass plays well and sounds very good for a ‘budget’ instrument. The neck is everything you’d expect on a Jazz – big and fat, but not quite as big and fat as a P-Bass. The shape is a classic, and the no-nonsense 2-pickup v.v.t. configuration is almost everything you’d ever need.
The finish on this specimen is well-kept with some light scratching here and there – to be expected on an axe that’s been kicking around for nearly 2 decades. Plus, the coloring is classic; White-On-Black just like the tuxedo you’ll be wearing for your jazz gig, with your Jazz Bass.