Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Jazz Bass Special model PJR65 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A very rare Jazz Bass iteration from the golden age of Fujigen factory Fender Japan production, this bass boasts a 32" medium scale neck, PJ pickup combination, active electronics, gold hardware, and a custom color Chrome Red gloss finish.
The body wood is noted in the 1989 Fender Japan catalog as "Indonesian Camp," and while this designation is a bit of a head scratcher, the instrument does have a smooth, balanced acoustic tone, with the body paired with a maple neck and 21 fret slab rosewood fingerboard. The pickups comprise a Dragster-7P split-coil Precision-style neck pickup and a Hotrod-7J Jazz-style bridge pickup, both with smooth Fender-branded black covers that hide the pole pieces. Coupled to active Bass/Treble EQ circuitry, a Master Volume, and center-detent Pickup Blend pot, the tonal options are broad, from articulate upper midrange burp and growl to broad, authoritative thump. The bass weighs 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and accurate intonation.
The satin-finished maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling D-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .905" at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo fretwire which has its full factory height and plenty of crown, showing only light wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-4. The bass plays easily up the 32" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width, and the Chrome Red-finished headstock boasts original gold Gotoh-branded tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" text and J-prefix serial number are present above the contoured four-bolt Fender-embossed neck plate.
The body is compact and ergonomic, with deep cutaways on the body horns, a belly contour on the back, and contoured neck joint, all with the aim of effortless access to the entire fretboard and optimal playing comfort. The electronics are untouched, with original pots and a 9v battery tucked away inside the control cavity. The active Bass and Treble controls are both center detent for boost/cut functionality, and the Blend control is also center detent, providing a smooth gradient between the P and J pickups. The gold hardware has plenty of shine, and the bridge is a top-loader design with substantial barrel saddles.
The Chrome Red body finish is a high gloss that pushes a bit towards pink in its hue, exhibiting one finish chip on the treble side of the body just beyond the knobs, and a couple finish chips on the matching headstock face. Wear is otherwise limited to a few minor marks on the back and body perimeter. The satin finish on the neck profile is very smooth and inviting to the palm.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.