Up for sale, a 1980s Schecter PJ Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with original hardshell case. Produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, this rare high-end bass was part of a little known collaboration between Schecter and PGM, a company responsible for manufacturing ESP, and more notably for bass players, the Japanese brand Moon.
Featured in Moon’s 1982 “Custom Guitar Catalog,” this Schecter model purportedly features a combination of Schecter and PGM-crafted components, and originally came equipped with MonsterTone pickups. While the stock pickups were DOA, they do cement the Schecter provenance of the instrument. The current pickups are a pair of boutique Lollar P and J style pickups.
Tonewoods include a mahogany body with bound, figured koa top and a maple neck capped with a slab ebony fretboard board, yielding plenty of fundamental warmth, sweet midrange and glassy, articulate trebles. The Lollar pickups are harmonically-rich and powerful. The P-style pickup has a bold sound with thumping lows and a strong midrange presence. The J-style pickup at the bridge has much more articulation and treble grind, with an upper midrange burp and present quality. Weighing 10lbs 6oz with plenty of natural sustain, this early Schecter has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 strings, comfortable action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The slab ebony fretboard retains the stock jumbo fretwire which has its full factory height and plenty of meat, showing light, uniform wear, particularly beneath the G string on frets 1-10. This bass plays comfortably up the 34” scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The brass nut measures 1 5/8” in width, ensuring ideal note attack and treble detail. On the Tele-style headstock, the Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, very true to vintage Fender spec with vintage-style baseplates, long stems and clover buttons.
All the electronics work as intended, with the Lollar pickups wired to new CTS pots with a Sprague Orange Drop cap and Volume/Volume/Tone control layout. Hardware includes the dome-topped knurled brass knobs and top-loader bridge with brass saddles. The heavily patinated gold pickguard has been replaced with brand-new anodized gold pickguard made by Fender USA, and the original pickguard is also included (original guard does not fit the current Lollar P pickup).
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Tobacco Burst finish includes a scattering of minor dings and scratches across the body, particularly concentrated behind the bridge on top and along the lower bout back body edge. There is also a patch of buckle rash central to the waist on the back. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original hardshell case is included, with a re-foamed form-fit interior. The original gold pickguard is also present.