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Fender Player Series verses older MIM models

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Afternoon everyone

I've recently got back into playing bass (and music in general), and noticed the Fender MIM series has been replaced by the Players series. However the costs have skyrocketed! I have a MIM Jazz V from 2007 (when they had the 5 tuners all on one side of the headstock), and was wondering whats the difference in the player series that has caused them to jump up by around £300.

 

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It’s not been that much of an increase, the MIM Standards were around £560 at the change the Players can be got for £615.

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Stuff has happened since 2007. In 2009 you could get two dollars to the pound. The pound has lost 80% of its value since then.

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2 hours ago, Phil_T said:

38%

I'm from the future. I wrote that on the 1st of November 2019 😃

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I have a new series Player P Bass in Buttercream and well the neck plays like....! Cant vouch for the pickups as the previous owner swapped them for 62 Custom Shop ones and who was I to complain!

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On 16/07/2019 at 19:24, yorks5stringer said:

I have a new series Player P Bass in Buttercream and well the neck plays like....! Cant vouch for the pickups as the previous owner swapped them for 62 Custom Shop ones and who was I to complain!

Plays like...? I can’t quite tell if it’s a positive expletive or a negative one O.o

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1 minute ago, yorks5stringer said:

Its buttercream in colour  and the joke was, well you guessed it now!

Mayonnaise?

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I believe quality has increased a bit since, but a good 2007 should be as good as a good one now - more or less. I have a 2008 MIM P, and it’s a cracking bass. The pickup was the only thing I thought was a bit poor, but that was easily sorted. 

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On 19/07/2019 at 22:42, Delberthot said:

Jam?

Hi lads, thread resurrection.

Any (non-food related) thoughts on these? Was looking at the tidepool jazz or white squier contemporary as my next bass and wanted to compate the two.

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I’d go for the Player, based on having had one and thought it really was a step up from previous MIMs. 

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1 minute ago, Lozz196 said:

I’d go for the Player, based on having had one and thought it really was a step up from previous MIMs. 

Thanks Loz, thought as much. That tidepool is👌

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The hardware is very poor on Player series basses in my experience. I've seen several reports about failing tuners + dropping saddles and that's exactly what happened with mine (Buttercream P-bass). Except for the poor hardware they are very nice. In many ways I like them better than current MIA Fenders. Well, at least the maple neck ones. I'm not a big fan of the pao ferro versions. Not that I don't like pao ferro. I actually think it's a very nice wood for fretboards. But when Fender does pao ferro it often ends up very bland/pale looking and with a rough 'dry cardboard' feel to it.

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I have a 2019 Tidepool blue Jazz with a maple neck.  Lovely bass, no issues with the hardware.

Just assume a Fender Player won't be shielded and if you don't like the pickups you can always stick in some others.

 

 

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On 05/09/2020 at 06:05, Lozz196 said:

I’d go for the Player, based on having had one and thought it really was a step up from previous MIMs. 

yes and now they do maple fingerboards on their basses- at first it was only rosewood

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