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1985 Fender Precision Bass '62 Vintage Reissue PB62-55 Black 100% Original w/ Case, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1985 Fender Precision Bass '62 vintage reissue in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market at the Fujigen factory, this particularly rare and early example with an A-prefix serial number (officially model PB62-55) is virtually unseen 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 and resonant natural response, weighing 8lbs 12oz 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 45-100 strings and plays well with comfortable action and solid intonation.

The maple neck has an easy-playing slender C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark, tight-grained cut of this tonewood, featuring a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius and original slender fretwire. The frets are in great shape with their full factory height and good meat, showing light, uniform wear beneath the strings on frets 1-8, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. This bass is very rewarding to play, and notes ring out clearly in all registers up the straight neck. The scale length is a full 34”, and the nut measures 1.675" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). On the headstock, the vintage-style clover button tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well with uniform surface patina, and the face of the headstock has a classic Pre-CBS style "spaghetti" logo. The bass features its A-prefix serial number embossed on the four-bolt neck plate, and the neck heel and pocket have matching PB62-55 model stamps, with a faint illegible pencil date on the neck heel.

The traditional electronics work as they should, with the original pickup wired to Master Volume and Tone controls with original full-size pots that date to '85. Hardware includes the four-saddle bridge and pair of knurled knobs, and the chrome plating is nice and bright with only faint surface patina. The dark brown tortoise material with bright yellow swirls is one of the rarest and earliest styles of tortoise used by Fender Japan, and certainly among the most eye-catching. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes light buckle rash just below the belly contour, a few additional minor dings and scuffs across the back and a couple small finish chips at the lower bout waist. There is also a bit of light pick scuffing on top between the pickguard edge and bridge. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with a few exceedingly small marks on the profile, mostly clustered behind frets 7-9 and not distracting to the palm in the slightest.

A black tolex hardshell case is included.