Up for sale, a 1982 Fender '57 Precision Bass JV-series model PB57-70 in near mint, time capsule-clean condition and in perfect working order. Fender Japan's first year model from the JV (Japanese Vintage) series, this bass hails from the golden age of Fender Japan production and is an exceedingly rare example.
Produced concurrently with the very first Fullerton factory Fender reissues in the USA, this JV model has hardware crafted to exacting vintage spec, a black bobbin split coil pickup, two-tone gloss Sunburst finish and a very vintage-correct neck profile carve, offering slightly more depth than Fender's Fullerton-era neck shapes, with fretboard edges that are gently rolled.
Extremely accurate to vintage spec and sold only within Japan, this P bass has a resonant alder body and round, dynamic acoustic voice with plenty of broad, muscly tone and pillowy thump through the original black bobbin pickup with correct raised A pole pieces, delivering the articulation and treble detail afforded the maple fretboard. Featherweight for a P bass at 8lbs and balancing well on a strap, we've dialed in this '57 Precision Bass here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with roundwound 45-105 strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender profile carve with slight shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, bordering on a very soft V shape, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The gloss-finished maple fretboard is immaculate, and the original slender frets are practically perfect, exhibiting virtually no wear. The board has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, with a full 34" scale length and 1 11/16" wide carved bone nut, offering optimal note clarity and sustain. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. On the headstock, the original tuning machines are intact. Virtually identical to their Pre-CBS forbearers, these tuners have long stems, clover buttons, full-size baseplates, and reverse-gear functionality. The neck heel is pencil dated 10-8-82, just like a genuine late-50s Fender, and all the expected factory stamps are present on the heel and pocket.
The electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints, cloth-covered leads used throughout, full-size pots that date April of '82, and the original black bobbin pickup with raised A pole pieces, matching spec for 1957-58. The chrome hardware is positively gleaming including the bridge with spiral saddles, domed knurled chrome knobs, and neck plate with JV-prefix serial number. The original white one-ply pickguard has aged to a golden shade of cream (a gold anodized Pure Vintage Fender USA pickguard can also be installed at the new owner's discretion). Cosmetic wear on the gloss two-tone Sunburst finish is limited to a tiny bit of finish chipping at the edges of the neck plate. and a few exceedingly faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss.
The original form-fit gigbag with Fender-branded pocket is included.