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1982 Greco Super Sounds JB800 Jazz Bass Black, 100% Original, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1982 Greco Super Sound JB800 Jazz Bass in 100% original condition and in good working order. An extremely soulful instrument produced at the end of the brief Super Real era of production, this is one of Greco's most accurate early '60s-style Jazz Bass iterations with an alder body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard. Made at the Fujigen factory in Japan, the Super Sound Grecos were made alongside the Fender Japan JV series instruments introduced in the same model year, as Fender also contracted with Fujigen to produce the Fender Japan line on the strength of their faithful iterations of vintage Fender models (primarily those made under the Greco banner).

Sonically, the bass delivers what its appearance would imply, and the bass has a rich, rugged growl with a lively top end, distinctive midrange burp, and smooth, textured lows. Strung with fresh 45-105 roundwound strings, this bass was made to be played hard and has a dynamic responsiveness akin to its Fender cousin from across the pond. The instrument weighs 9lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more shoulder and roundness as you travel up the fretboard. The fretboard edges are lightly rolled, and profile depth measures .810" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a dark cut of this tonewood, retaining the original slender frets which show just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-5. The bass plays cleanly up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width. On the headstock, the original tuning machines are pitch-perfect replicas of the original Fender gears with light, uniform surface patina, long stems, clover buttons, and large baseplates. The four-bolt neck plate is embossed with a B82-prefix serial number, dating to February of 1982.

The electronics work as intended with the traditional Jazz Bass three knob control layout. In terms of hardware and plastics, the bass has all the standard fare including a four saddle bridge with spiral saddles, parchment pickguard, and stock trio of knobs. Cosmetic wear includes a couple touched-up finish chips on the treble-side lower bout body edge, and some dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the back and body perimeter. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean.