Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Jazz Bass Fretless '62 vintage reissue model JB62-60FL in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A very early Fender Japan model, this "Made in Japan" Jazz Bass was produced at the famed Fujigen factory with a stunningly clean and unaged Olympic White gloss finish.
Made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, this Jazz Bass has a great range of vintage-flavored tones and is a model very rarely seen outside its country of origin. With a basswood body, maple neck, and an unlined slab rosewood fretboard, this Jazz Bass has a balanced, smooth acoustic quality, offering a touch of aggressive growl, ample midrange presence and burp, and low end authority. Weighing 9lbs 6oz and strung with 45-100 D'addario Chromes flatwound strings, this Jazz Bass has been dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action.
The maple neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve at the nut, with full shoulders in every register and quite a bit of heft and roundness as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .820” deep at the nut and 1.005” at the octave. The unlined dark slab rosewood fretboard has side dots for easy fretboard navigation, and the rosewood shows zero wear. The bass adheres to traditional Fender specifications with a 1 1/2" nut width, full 34" scale length, and 7 1/4" fretboard radius, playing easily in every register. The peghead sports a '62 style "Fender Jazz Bass" decal, along with original tuning machines with clover buttons and full-size vintage-spec baseplates. The "Made in Japan" text and F-prefix serial number are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate. The neck heel is pencil dated 12-28-89, and all the factory stamps are present on the heel and in the pocket.
All of the electronics work as they should, with stock pickups and full-size pots that date to June of 1989. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, with the vintage-correct copper ground strip running between the bridge pickup cavity and bridge. The brown tortoise pickguard is a unique pattern only seen on early Fujigen Fenders, with a bit of light pick wear on the treble side. Exceedingly well-kept with virtually no yellowing of the clear coat, this Olympic White finish presents beautifully, with wear limited to a few small nicks on the body as a whole, primarily on the back and lower bout body edge. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is clean and smooth with just a couple small nicks.
A gigbag is included.