Up for sale, a 1984 Fender Jazz Bass '62 vintage reissue model JB62-115 in perfect working order. A very early Fender Japan instrument, this “Japanese Vintage” (JV) series bass is an extremely rare top-tier example, sporting a gloss Olympic White nitro lacquer finish and a host of vintage-spec touches.
Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, delivering a resonant, lively and round acoustic quality that translates well through a pair of modern Fender Pure Vintage '62 Jazz Bass pickups. The Pure Vintage ‘62 pickups are wound to recreate the best qualities of genuine vintage Jazz Bass, with plenty of midrange growl and burp, top end detail and fundamental power. Rolling back the Tone knob yields a pillowy, thick thump that retains definition. This JB62-115 weighs 9lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve at the nut with lightly rolled fretboard edges and a gentle increase in overall heft and roundness further up the fretboard, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the original slender fretwire benefits from a level and crown, exhibiting no wear. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 1/2“ in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. The ambered headstock sports the correct ‘62-style Fender Jazz Bass decal, and the back of the headstock has a third strap button, keeping things period correct down to the smallest details. The original long stem clover-button tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with full-size baseplates. The “Made in Japan” text is present just above the neck plate, which is embossed with the JV-prefix serial, and the neck heel is pencil dated to 6-5-84.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the modern Fender Pure Vintae pickup pair wired to a harness with cloth-covered leads and modern USA-made CTS 250K pots. The original knobs are present, and the chrome-plated hardware includes the control plate and bridge base with steel spiral saddles. Plastics include the original four-ply brown tortoise pickguard.
Cosmetic wear includes a number of dings along the lower bout perimeter and on the back, as well as some limited buckle worming central to the back and a handful of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with a few shallow nicks along the profile length and some minor chatter on the treble-side shoulder at the 1st fret.
An era-correct Fender-branded gigbag is included.