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1989 Fender Precision Bass '57 Vintage Reissue PB57-500 Sunburst w/ Hangtags, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Precision Bass '57 vintage reissue PB57-500 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags. An early iteration of Fender Japan's 1957 Precision vintage reissue platform, this bass features a basswood body and one-piece maple neck, yielding a smooth, clear natural acoustic platform. Strung with fresh 45-100 roundwound strings, the bass has plenty of detailed growl and broad thump. Notably lightweight at 8lbs, this Precision Bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with accurate intonation and comfortable action.

The neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with full shoulders in every register and a gentle increase in overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The slender frets show very little wear, playing cleanly up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (fractionally shy of a full 1 11/16"). The headstock retains the original tuning machines with full-size baseplates, and the small "50" yen sticker noting the model tier is intact as well. The early "Made in Japan" text and J-prefix serial number are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate.

The electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and full-size pots. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean, with light patina across the steel barrel saddles. Cosmetic wear on the gloss two-tone Sunburst finish is limited to a few small dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and body perimeter. There is also a very faint shadow on the back of the body where the bass lay on a guitar strap for an extended period of time. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh-flawless.

A vintage, form-fit faux leather gigbag is included, along with the original hangtags, one of which has the matching serial number.