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1962 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Slab Board, Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1962 Fender Jazz Bass in perfect working order. Complete with an era-correct brown tolex hardshell case, this Jazz Bass is 100% original save for a professional refret with vintage-spec slender fretwire, a corresponding bone nut, and one pickup rewind. Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck, and dark slab rosewood fingerboard, with dates codes on the pots and neck heel spanning December 1961 to January, 1962.

With the kind of natural playwear that would make any "heavy relic" green with envy, this Jazz Bass has honestly earned every inch of buckle rash. One of the very first Jazz Basses to feature the three knob configuration (evolving from the Stack Knob design seen just a month or two prior), this Pre-CBS instrument is extremely responsive, elegant, and tonally rich.

The tone and feel is everything one expects from a Jazz Bass crafted in Fender's golden age, delivering a clear, even sound across all strings. Weighing 9lbs on the dot, "fully clothed" with the chrome bridge and pickup covers, the bass has just enough heft to sustain very well and deliver a strong, fundamental note attack. The bridge pickup has a smoothness and sonic depth, ceaselessly warm, while still offering plenty of midrange grind and articulation. Playing with a pick further accentuates the burp and presence of this pickup. The neck pickup provides excellent contrast and is extremely fat and thumpy, giving a Precision Bass a run for its money with a thickness and sub-bass rumble not often attributed to a J Bass. It’s a satisfying sound representative of an instrument that’s been played consistently for 60 years. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Jazz Bass has low action and accurate intonation, strung with fresh roundwound 45-100 strings.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more shoulder and overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood slab fretboard is an extremely dark, tight-grained cut of this tonewood, with rolled fretboard edges for added comfort, freshly refretted with slender vintage-spec fretwire. The fretboard retains its 7 1/4" radius, and the bass plays extremely well in every register up the straight neck. The nut is a new hand-carved piece of bone for optimal sustain and note clarity, measuring 1 1/2" in width. On the headstock, the original clover button reverse gear tuning machines are intact, with a smooth, reliable response and clean nickel plating. The original waterslide decal is intact on the headstock face, and  the neck heel has a bold 1/62 grease pencil date. The truss rod nut is flush with the heel, even retaining a bit of the original lacquer on the nut itself, necessitating little adjustment in the last 60 years and responding as it should.

All of the electronics function as intended, and both original black bobbin single coil pickups are intact. The bridge pickup retains its original windings, and the neck pickup has been rewound to match. The solder joints are otherwise untouched on the harness, and the Stackpole pots date to the 52nd week of 1961. Original hardware comprises the control plate and bridge, which is stunningly clean, ostensibly living its life beneath the original "ashtray" bridge cover. The chrome neck pickup cover is era-correct, but not original to the instrument. The original tortoise pickguard has the swirly depth and dimension of the earliest Fender tortoise guards, and the guard exhibits very little shrinkage with a very glossy, vibrant appearance, missing just one small corner at the treble-side body horn tip. The original knobs and finger rest round out the plastics.

The three-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and it's notably rare to find a bass this played-in, yet without any aftermarket finish work. The buckle rash is so extensive and genuine that there’s actually a subtle divot into the alder on the bass-side lower bout from the buckle. The photos tell the tale of this extremely well-loved instrument, with additional finish loss on the body perimeter and plenty of hard-earned battle scars from decades of use. The nitro gloss on the neck profile shows natural palm wear through much of the finish, silky smooth to the touch along the profile length.

An era correct brown tolex hardshell case with gold plush interior is included, complete with clean brown leather ends, the original leather handle, and trio of functional stock latches.