Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Precision Bass '62 vintage reissue in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Produced for the Japanese domestic market at the celebrated Fujigen factory (officially model PB62-53), this particularly rare example features a G-prefix serial number and pencil dated neck heel. Quite uncommon outside of Japan, the quality is exceptional, and the "Made in Japan" instruments exemplify the attention to detail and dedication on the part of Fender Japan to deliver instruments that have both an alluring vintage look and tone to match.
Nothing screams quintessential bass tone like a Fender Precision. Looking to capture the magic that made the early 1960s split-coil P Bass so beloved, Fender Japan released this '62 reissue with the same cosmetic appointments, as well as the warmth, articulation and fundamental thump that defines the Precision tone. The bass has a lively resonant natural acoustic response, weighing 8lbs 10oz and offering the sonic richness that has been the signature of this model for decades. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this bass is strung with fresh roundwound 45-105 strings and plays well with comfortable action and solid intonation.
The maple neck has an easy-playing slender C carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a tight-grained cut with original, nigh flawless slender frets which have perfectly rounded crowns and play cleanly in every register. This bass is very rewarding to play, and the notes ring out clearly in all registers up the straight neck. The nut has a 1 11/16" width, with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and 34" scale length. On the headstock, the clover button tuning machines have full-size vintage-spec baseplates accompanied by a third strap button, keeping things period correct down to the smallest details. The "Made in Japan" text and G-prefix serial are present above the Fender-embossed neck plate, and the neck heel is pencil dated 11-1-89.
The traditional electronics work as they should, with the original pickup wired to Master Volume and Tone controls. The hardware has particularly clean chrome plating on the knurled knobs and bridge with barrel saddles. The tortoise pickguard is an upgraded Fender American Vintage series component, and the pickguard provides great contrast to the Olympic White finish. The Olympic White gloss is very bright with zero yellowing of the clear coat, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few minor dings and scuffs on the back and lower bout body edge, with some pick scuffing across the guard and on the bass side of the top as well. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is free of palm wear and very clean.
A Fender-branded gigbag is included.