Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition vs Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

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Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition
Playability
72
Sound
83
Build
64
Value
83
Score
73
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Reasons to Get
Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition over Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Type of Frets
Narrow Tall vs Medium Jumbo
You won't feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Neck Profile
Bass C Shape vs Bass U Shape
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Pickups
Split S vs SS
Reduced interference, warm tone, and strong midrange presence for versatile bass sounds.
Nut Width
1.685'' (42.8mm) vs 1.5'' (38.1mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Value Score
83 vs 73
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass over Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition

Country of Manufacturing
Japan vs Indonesia
Built with higher quality standards
Release Year
2023 vs 2022
From a more recent year
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo vs Narrow Tall
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Neck Profile
Bass U Shape vs Bass C Shape
Comfortable neck with more grip
Volume Knobs
2 vs 1
More volume control
Pickups
SS vs Split S
Beautiful cleans
Nut Width
1.5'' (38.1mm) vs 1.685'' (42.8mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes

Other Key Differences
Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition vs Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

Body Wood
Nyatoh vs Basswood
Different Body Wood
Fretboard Wood
Laurel vs Maple
Different Fretboard Wood

Shared Features
Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition vs Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

Neck Wood
Maple
Same Neck Wood
Headstock
4
Same Headstock
Nut Material
Bone
Same Nut Material
Strings
4
Same playing style
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Switch Positions
0
Same pickups versatility
Tone Knobs
1
Same tone control
Number of Frets
20
Same maximum octave
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Fixed
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Scale Length
34'' (863.6mm)
Same string tension and fret separation
Fretboard Radius
9.5'' (241.3mm)
Same fretboard comfortability
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Neck Joint
Bolt-On
Allows you to detach and swap the neck

Common Strengths

  • High-Quality Nut
  • Top Pickup Brand

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
  • Weight Relief
  • Retainer Bar
  • High-Quality Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • Expensive Wood
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

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Price History Comparison

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Which One is Better?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that both instruments scored 73 out of 100, which makes them similar in terms of quality.

The Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass wins when it comes to build quality. On the other hand, the Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition has the upper hand when it comes to sound, playability, value for the money.

If you got small hands, none of these instruments will make a big difference when it comes to comfortability.

Which One is Better for Beginners?

Both meet 4 out of our 6 criteria items for beginner friendliness. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players. If you're looking for your first bass to learn how to play, you can't go wrong with either of them.

New Player Friendliness

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale

New Player Friendliness

Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing an instrument, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition Overview

  • From Fender Squier's 2022 40th Anniversary series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 4 strings
  • 34"'' scale
  • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Maple neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 4-Saddle Vintage-Style bridge
  • Bass C Shape Bolt-On neck
  • 20 Narrow Tall frets
  • Vintage-Style tuners
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Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass Overview

  • From Fender's 2023 Made in Japan International Color series
  • Made in Japan
  • 4 strings
  • 34"'' scale
  • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Vintage-Style Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: (/)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 4-Saddle Vintage-Style bridge
  • Bass U Shape Bolt-On neck
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Vintage Style tuners
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Sound Quality Comparison

The wood used in an electric guitar or bass is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

Woods Used in Both

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America. Find out more about Maple.

Woods Used in the Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition

Laurel wood pattern used for guitar building
Laurel
Nyatoh wood pattern used for guitar building
Nyatoh

There are many types of Laurel, but East Indian is the most common for guitar building. Its color can vary from dark to light brown with black lines. Many people find its tonality similar to Rosewood, which favors the warmer frequencies. Find out more about Laurel.

Nyatoh has been replacing Mahogany for guitar building. It's fairly hard, durable, more sustentable and common than Mahogany. Find out more about Nyatoh.

Woods Used in the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

Basswood wood pattern used for guitar building
Basswood

Basswood is a lightweight type of wood that isn't as expensive as other popular choices for guitar building. It gives more power to the mid-range frequencies. Its color can vary from pale white to light brown. Find out more about Basswood.

Winner: Tie.

Pickup Configuration

The Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition has an Split S configuration while the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass has SS pickups.

A Split S, or split single-coil pickup, has a classic, warm, and punchy tone, characterized by a strong midrange presence and noise reduction. Its design cancels out interference, making it suitable for various musical styles and ideal for live performances and studio recording.

On the other hand, SS is the classic Telecaster configuration. It's used mainly for playing clean or with low-gain distortion, and it's very popular for the country genre because of their brightness. It doesn't give you as much versatility as a Strat SSS configuration, but you might like the cleaner look of a guitar body with fewer pickups.

Pickups Quality

Both come with some of the top pickups on the market. You can't go wrong with either of them. You'll probably never need a pickup upgrade.

Both use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

Preamp Circuit

A preamp in an electric bass functions as an electronic circuit that acts as an interface between the bass's pickups and the amplifier. Its main purpose is to amplify and customize the bass's initial signal before it reaches the amplifier, offering enhanced control over factors like tone, volume, and sound attributes. Preamps typically come equipped with tone adjustments, equalization options, and sometimes built-in effects, empowering bass players to fine-tune their sound to suit their personal preferences and the musical environment.

Both basses have a Passive preamp.

Passive: A bass with a passive preamp lacks an onboard electronic circuit for tone shaping and signal boosting. Instead, it relies solely on passive pickups and basic tone controls, typically consisting of volume and tone knobs. Passive preamps don't require an external power source like batteries, making them low-maintenance and dependable. While they offer a simpler and more straightforward tonal character, passive basses are appreciated for their warm and vintage sound, often favored in genres like classic rock, blues, and funk. They are an excellent choice for musicians who value the simplicity and timeless appeal of their instrument's tone without the need for active electronic components.

Winner: Tie.

Versatility Comparison

Some instruments offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

Both are equal when it comes to the pickup switching option.

Neither of them come with some kind of coil split or pickup mod option. This makes both lacking in terms of versatility.

In this case, both of them lack pickup selector.

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition
Pickups 100
Sustain 75
Versatility 75
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 83
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
Pickups 100
Sustain 65
Versatility 77
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 81

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the instrument. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition compares to the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass.

Country of Origin

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition is built in Indonesia while the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass is made in Japan.

Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

Japan has a long history of high-quality guitar building. Little has changed in terms of their manufacturing and quality control over the years. Many guitars made in this country can be compared—and even beat—others made in the US.

Winner: Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

Nut Material

If you want your bass to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

In this case, both have Bone nuts. It's a type of nut found in high-quality instruments. They sound similar to Ivory since they give a lot of sustain and a bright sound (at least when striking open strings). The only problem they can run into is that you may get a bone piece that simply doesn't sound as well as others because that's just how natural materials are.

Fret Material

Most fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most instruments end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive models come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

Unfortunately, none of them come with stainless steel frets.

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

Both come with regular tuners. The Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition's are Vintage-Style while the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's are Vintage Style

Winner: Tie.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to a bass is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

Both have a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

Winner: Tie.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Active Preamp
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock
Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
  • Made in Japan
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Active Preamp
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

Final Build Quality Scores

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition
Quality of materials 56
Features 70
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 64
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
Quality of materials 56
Features 70
Quality Control 85
Build Quality 70

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare their playability. Bear in mind that the instrument will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test before buying. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the instrument for you. This way, we can predict how easy a bass might be to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when it comes to feeling of the instrument in your hands. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a bass feels in your hands.

Nut Width

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition Nut Width
Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition Nut Width
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass Nut Width
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition has the wider nut with 42.8mm (1.685'') vs 38.1mm (1.5''). This is a 4.7mm (0.185'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

Scale Length

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition and Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's Scale Length
Both have the same scale length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

In this case, both have a scale length of 34".

This is a scale used for baritones and guitars with more than 6 strings. Since the scale is so long, the tension of the strings will be higher. This means that bending will require a lot more strength than with a shorter scale. However, it also allows you to use really low tunings without causing fret buzz and without needing to increase your string gauge too much.

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition Neck Profile
Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition's neck profile
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass Neck Profile
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

In this case, both have different neck shapes:

The Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition has a C type of neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

The Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass, on the other hand, has a U neck. This is also referred to as ''baseball neck'' because of its shape. It's usually thick, which is why some people with big hands like it. However, they can also be thin, similar to a C shape, but with more shoulders for a better grip.

Fretboard Radius

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition Fingerboard Radius
Both Guitars Have The Same Fretboard Radius

Most bass fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

Both the Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition and the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass have the same fretboard radius of 9.5". This is the most common radius for Stratocaster guitars. It's considered curved when compared to most other models. This allows you to play chords very easily without muting strings accidentally and gives you more space between strings for fingerpicking. However, this curve also gives the guitar less allowance for lower action. If you bend too hard at the high frets, some of your notes might get muted because the curve will make the string fret out.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a bass before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a bass favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

After taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that both in this comparison favor large hands .

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition:
Big Hands
Small Hands
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass:
Big Hands
Small Hands

Fret Size

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition Frets Size
Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition's Frets Size
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass Frets Size
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's Frets Size

The Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition has Narrow Tall frets, which should be taller than the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's Medium Jumbo frets.

Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

Final Playability Scores

Fender Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition
Bending & Vibrato Ease 75
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 72
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
Bending & Vibrato Ease 65
Chord Playability 90
Solo Playability 50
Playability 68

Specs Side-by-Side

Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition vs Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
General Squier 40th Anniversary Precision Bass Gold Edition Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
Brand: Fender Squier Fender
Year: 2022 2023
Configuration: Split S SS
Strings: 4 4
Made in: Indonesia Japan
Series: 40th Anniversary Made in Japan International Color
Colors: Black, Blue Blue, Yellow
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Nyatoh Basswood
Bridge: 4-Saddle Vintage-Style 4-Saddle Vintage-Style
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: Vintage-Style Vintage Style
Fretboard: Indian Laurel Maple
Neck Material: Maple Maple
Decoration: Pearloid Block White Pearloid Block
Scale Size: 34" 34"
Shape: Bass C Shape Bass U Shape
Frets: 20 Narrow Tall Nickel Silver 20 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" 9.5"
Nut: Bone Bone
Nut Width: 42.8mm (1.685'') 38.1mm (1.5'')
Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Fender Vintage-Style Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Single Coil / Passive)
Middle Pickup: Fender Vintage-Style Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Split Single-Coil (Single Coil / Passive)
Switch: 0 Way 0 Way
Knobs: Dome Bell
Pickup Mods: None None
Volume Controls: 1 2
Tone Controls: 1 1