Up for sale, a 1989 Fender ExTrad ‘62 Jazz Bass model JB62-128 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. This bass features a nitro lacquer body-only refinish in transparent Blonde by Eric Daw (of Pin-Up Guitars and The Fret Files podcast), retaining the original USA-made electronics and premium hardware.
A true Custom Shop offering, the ExTrad instruments were ostensibly made to order one-offs with features that paralleled Fender's USA Custom Shop output. Established by Makoto Sugimoto, who benefitted from a quarter century of experience in R&D, custom guitar building, and engineering at Fujigen, the ExTrad instruments were produced by a small team of expert craftspeople, representing Fender Japan's absolute best. This premium instrument line was first offered in 1986 and was retired in 1994.
Tonewoods include an ash body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard, yielding a sound with natural midrange authority and clear note attack. The USA-made pickup pair delivers smooth growl, midrange burp and detailed low end richness, accentuating the top end articulation of a set of fresh roundwound 45-100 strings. This ExTrad Jazz Bass weighs 9lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender U-shaped profile carve at the nut, with good shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire only exhibits a hint of wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 1/2“ in width. The headstock sports a ‘60s-style logo and long-stem clover-button tuners with full-size baseplates. The back of the headstock has the “Custom Made - ExTrad” decal, the neck heel and pocket retain their factory markings, and the “Made in Japan” text and J-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the USA-made pickups wired to the original CTS pots which date to the 14th week of 1989. Hardware includes the original bridge with spiral saddles and a modern set of Fender's Pure Vintage “ashtray” pickup covers. Plastics comprise the original trio of knobs, finger rest, and a Fender USA four-ply dark red tortoise pickguard (identical to the guards found on the American Vintage line).
The gloss Blonde nitro lacquer finish executed by Eric Daw has great transparency, especially on the back, highlighting the grain of the ash body. Daw's subtle relic treatment includes prominent horizontal lacquer checking across the body and most prominent on the body edges, along with a few simulated marks of wear. The neck profile retains its original smooth ambered nitro lacquer gloss.
A molded hardshell case is included.