Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Jazz Bass ‘62 vintage reissue model JB62-60 in perfect working order, augmented with a new pair of Fender Custom Shop Custom ‘60s Jazz Bass pickups. An early Fender Japan model, this “Made in Japan” Jazz Bass was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market at the venerable Fujigen factory, rarely seen outside of its country of origin.
Featuring a basswood body, maple neck and a thick slab rosewood fretboard, it has a smooth, balanced acoustic quality. When plugged in, the upgraded Fender Custom Shop pickups deliver an array of vintage-style Jazz Bass tones with ample midrange power and smooth growl. The sound can be pillowy and thick or bright and burpy with the twist of a knob. This Jazz Bass weighs 8lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender U-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and well-rounded shoulders, measuring .780” deep at the 1st fret and graduating to .975” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a 7 1/4” vintage-spec radius and retains the stock slender fretwire. The frets are practically perfect, leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, showing only a touch of wear beneath the strings on frets 1-2. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The upgraded bone nut measures 1 1/2” in width. The headstock sports a '62 style "Fender Jazz Bass" decal and round string tree, and the original tuning machines have full-size baseplates, clover buttons, and uniform surface patina. There is even an era-accurate third strap button on the back of the headstock. The “Made in Japan” text and G-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt Fender-embossed neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the upgraded pickups wired to the original harness, with pots that date to January of '89. Plastics include the original trio of knobs and the red "tomato soup" tortoise pickguard, which shows some requisite pick scuffing, extending faintly to the bass-side waist of the body. Hardware includes the original bridge with barrel saddles and vintage-spec copper ground strip connecting the bridge and bridge pickup cavity,
The Sunburst gloss finish exhibits a number of minor nicks and dings largely relegated to the body perimeter and back, with similar, more restrained wear on the lower bout on top. There is a small (smoothed out) finish chip on the forearm contour and a small amount of finish chipping on the treble-side edge of the neck pocket. The neck profile retains its ambered gloss, with a number of shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.