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1982 Fender Precision Bass '62 Vintage Reissue JV PB62-75 Olympic White, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1982 Fender '62 Precision Bass JV-series model PB62-75 in 100% original 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 at the Fujigen factory 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, Olympic White gloss finish and a very vintage-correct neck profile carve, offering slightly more roundness than Fender's Fullerton-era reissue neck shapes, with fretboard edges that are gently rolled.

Extremely accurate to vintage spec and initially not intended for export, this P bass has a resonant alder body and round, dynamic acoustic voice with plenty of muscle, tonal breadth and pillowy thump through the original black bobbin pickup. Weighing 8lbs 14oz, we've dialed in this '62 Precision Bass here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with roundwound 45-100 strings, comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder at the nut and a graceful increase in roundness and overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The extremely dark slab rosewood fretboard features clay dot inlay and original slender frets that play cleanly in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The fretboard 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. 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. There is a slight bend in the A string tuner button that does not impact functionality.

The neck heel is pencil dated 9-2-82, just like a genuine early-60s Fender, and all the expected factory stamps are present on the heel and pocket. The neck plate is embossed with a JV-prefix serial number, and the microscopic "Made in Japan" text is present on the headstock face. Even the tiny "75" sticker is intact on the back of the headstock, noting the model tier and a price of 75,000 yen when sold new in '82.

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. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean including the bridge with spiral saddles and flat-topped knurled knobs. Plastics include the original deep red tortoise pickguard.

The Olympic White gloss finish exhibits buckle rash across the belly carve and some additional small nicks on the body as a whole. There are some isolated spots of very faint mottling of the clear coat, particularly central to the lower bout on the back and on the bass-side body horn on top. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with just one tiny nick through the finish on the treble-side shoulder behind fret 5.

The original form-fit unbranded brown canvas gigbag is included.