Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Jazz Bass Special PJ bass model PJ-555 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An evolution of the bass known simply as the "P-J" in Fender Japan's earliest catalogs, the Jazz Bass Special part of the Boxer line, produced at the venerable Fujigen factory in Japan.
Finished in Torino Red, this is the fairly rare Fender Japan bass model, identical in features and tone to the one that Duff McKagan would make famous with Guns N’ Roses. The Jazz bridge pickup has lots of growl and midrange character, and the Precision pickup has lots of width and thump, while still having some top end aggression, accentuated by a set of roundwound 45-100 strings. Both pickups have oversized pole pieces and are wound hotter than Fender Japan's vintage series pickups, truly delivering a sound worthy of the instrument's slick '80s looks. This bass weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile with well-rounded shoulders and more overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4” radius and retains the stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat with well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear on frets 1-6. This bass plays cleanly in all registers up the 34" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8” in width. On the headstock, the black clover-button tuners have full-size baseplates, turn smoothly, and hold accurate pitch. The A-prefix serial is present on the four-bolt neck plate and the tiny "Made in Japan" text is included on the headstock face.
All the electronics work as intended with untouched solder joints. The pickups are governed by a three-way selector switch, dedicated Volume knobs for each pickup, and a TBX Tone control. From 0-5, the TBX is a standard tone control, but from 5-10 the resistance decreases, allowing more bass, treble, presence and output to flow to your amp. The original trio of knobs are present, and the black top-loader bridge is clean. Cosmetic wear on the Torino Red gloss finish is limited to some scuffing on the treble side of the pick path and a few minor dings and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss Black finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth, with just a few small marks on the treble side shoulder behind frets 8-10.
A faux leather gigbag is included.