Up for sale, a 1983 Squier by Fender JV-serial '62 Jazz Bass model SJB55 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. One of the storied "Japanese Vintage" (JV) instruments which launched Fender Japan, the JV line only lasted from 1982-84. Made in the Fujigen factory, this Squier was crafted with the same quality components and attention to detail as Fender Japan's Fender-branded instruments.
Premium features include vintage-spec long stem clover button tuners and spiral bridge saddles, black bobbin pickups, cloth-covered wiring used throughout, and tonewoods comprising an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The instrument delivers a lively, round natural acoustic quality that translates well through the pickups. At 9lbs 4oz, the bass has a strong fundamental punch and smooth sustain, with the upper midrange burp, treble growl and sweet articulation for which the Jazz Bass is knob. Rolling back the Tone knob to taste yields a fatter sound and plenty of thump. Strung with 45-100 roundwound strings, we've had this Jazz Bass professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve at the nut, with round, inviting shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and original slender frets that have their full factory height, showing moderate, uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-4, with wear growing fainter until fret 9. There are also a couple nicks in the rosewood which don't affect playability. The bass plays easily up the 34" scale, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width, and on the headstock, the original long stem clover button tuning machines are intact. The neck heel is grease pencil dated 7-23-83, and the four-bolt neck plate is embossed with its 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 is extremely clean. The original brown tortoise pickguard accents the gloss Olympic White finish, with some requisite pick scuffing across the guard. The finish is extremely bright, with virtually no yellowing of the clear coat, and cosmetic wear is limited to some small dings and scuffs on the back and body perimeter, and one small finish chip above the neck plate. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with two small dings into the maple on the treble-side of the carve behind fret 14.
A gigbag is included.