Up for sale, a 1986 Charvel Jackson Model 3B electric bass guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced in Japan from 1986-1989 during the golden era of Japanese Charvel production, this Model 3B sports neck through construction with a quartersawn maple neck capped with a thick slab rosewood fretboard and paired with poplar body wings. Thanks to the tonewood compliment, the bass offers a defined sound that never gets too muddy, yet provides plenty of low end to perform foundational duties. The PJ pairing includes a J-20 P-style pickup and J-150 J-style single coil, offering a rich midrange character, aggressive cut, and a present treble register that accentuates the grind of the 45-100 roundwound strings. The active PE-2000 EQ controls provide expanded tonal flexibility with dedicated Treble and Bass knobs to boost or cut said frequencies. This Charvel weighs 9lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with low action, 45-100 strings, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece rock maple neck has a slender D shaped profile with prominent shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features large pearl dot inlay and pristine stock jumbo fretwire. The bass plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is 34”, and the nut measures 1 5/8” in width. The headstock features the original set of black Jackson-branded tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with a three-way toggle selector switch, Volume, Treble, and Bass controls governing the Jackson-branded PJ pickup pair. The black hardware includes the heavy-duty top-loader Jackson-branded bridge and trio of knurled knobs which show only light surface patina. The original brown protective factory paper is still intact on the control cavity cover, a testament to the sparingly little use this bass has seen in the past 30+ years. The gloss Pearl White finish has just a touch of aging in the clear coat as evidenced by sticker tan lines on the top and back of the body, and cosmetic wear is limited to an isolated finish chip and a few light scuffs and marks on the lower bout body edge. There are a few light marks and one finish chip on the back edge of the headstock as well. The neck sports a smooth gloss finish with just a few stray marks on the treble side of the profile next to the 6th fret that are not distracting to the palm.