Up for sale, a 1983 Fender '62 Jazz Bass model JB62-75 in perfect working order, 100% original save for a modern carved bone nut. Produced in the second year of Fender Japan instrument production, this "Japanese Vintage" (JV) series bass is an exceedingly rare example and a higher-tiered model, with a gloss Sunburst finish, black bobbin pickups, cloth-covered leads, and vintage-spec hardware including long stem clover button tuners and spiral bridge saddles. Extremely accurate to vintage spec and initially offered only within Japan, this Jazz Bass has a resonant alder body and lively, round natural acoustic quality that translates well through the pickups.
Weighing 8lbs 12oz, there's a strong fundamental attack and acoustic resonance to this bass, and it's an instrument capable of great versatility. While the bridge pickup has the midrange heft, top end cut and burpy sound that often characterizes a Jazz Bass, the neck pickup can be equally smooth and round. These single coils complement each other very well, and rolling back the bridge pickup Volume and Master Tone knob a bit can yield a very pillowy and thick thump that sits well in the mix and provides the perfect foundation for a band. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Jazz Bass boasts comfortable action and spot-on intonation, freshly restrung with roundwound 50-105 strings.
The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with a gentle increase in shoulder and overall heft as you travel up the fretboard and lightly rolled edges for added comfort, measuring .745" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained slab with a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and original slender frets that play cleanly up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone, and on the headstock, the original long stem clover button chrome tuning machines are intact. The ambered peghead face sports the correct '62-style Fender Jazz Bass decal, along with a cigarette burn, and the back of the headstock has a third strap button, keeping things period correct down to the smallest details. The neck heel is pencil dated 8-22-83, and the "Made in Japan" text is present above the four-bolt neck plate, embossed with the JV-prefix serial number.
All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints, cloth-covered leads, and original full-size pots that date to June of 1983. The hardware includes the original control plate and bridge with spiral saddles, and the chrome plating shows only light surface patina. The original three-ply brown tortoise pickguard accents the gloss Sunburst finish which shows honest playwear, and with good reason. The bass exhibits buckle rash across the back, and various finish scratches and dings, largely on the back and body perimeter. There is also one finish chip of note on the back edge of the treble-side body horn. The smooth ambered gloss is retained on the neck profile, extremely clean save for a few tiny, shallow marks on the bass -side shoulder behind fret 9.