Up for sale, a 1987 Fender Boxer Series Precision Bass model PB-555 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A rarely seen model that only appeared in the '87 catalog, this P Bass features a *pair* of slanted split-coil Hot Rod P-4D pickups and a sleek Black gloss finish. Made at the famed Fujigen factory and designed to be sold only in the Japanese domestic market, this bass hails from the golden age of "Made in Japan" Fender production. While the body mimics the traditional P Bass shape, and body edges are notably rounded, with a gentle forearm contour on top for added comfort. The bass features an alder body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard for a smooth, balanced natural acoustic response.
Strung with 45-100 roundwound strings, the plugged-in tone is round and punchy. Each pickup has a dedicated Volume knob, with a three-way mini toggle pickup selector between the Volume knobs. The furthest knob back is a center-detent Tone knob and the additional two-way mini toggle is quite unique. It bypasses the typical three-way pickup selector and engages just the center two coils. Both Volumes are still active, so you can control the blend between the E/A string poles and the G/D string poles. The bass weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in for comfortable action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and nicely rounded shoulders in every register, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo fretwire, and the bass plays easily in every register with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length measures a full 34", and the nut is 42.5mm wide (1.675"). The headstock retains the original black tuning machines with full-size vintage-spec baseplates and clover buttons. The small "60" yen sticker is also intact on the headstock, along with the microscopic "Made in Japan" text and E-prefix serial number.
All of the electronics function as intended, with pots that date back to June of 1985. The black hardware shows light surface patina, and the original skirted, F-embossed plastic knobs are intact. Cosmetic wear on the Black gloss finish is limited to a couple minor dings and some faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back, and one small finish chip on the tip of the headstock. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
A gigbag is included.