Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Jazz Bass ‘62 vintage reissue model JB62-550 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. This “Made in Japan” Jazz Bass was produced at the Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production, intended only for sale within Japan and to select international markets, and uncommon outside of its country of origin.
With a basswood body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard, this Jazz Bass has a balanced, smooth acoustic response. The bridge pickup offers growl and distinctive upper midrange character, accentuated by the 45-95 roundwound strings. The neck pickup, in contrast, has a somewhat thicker, broader tonality, delivering an immediate, sweet thump, particularly with the Tone knob backed off to taste. Weighing 9lbs 8oz, this Jazz Bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender U-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more shoulder and overall heft up the fretboard, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and 1.005” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, lightly rolled edges, and practically perfect slender fretwire, playing cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 1/2“ in width. The peghead sports a '62 style "Fender Jazz Bass" decal, and the tuning machines turn smoothly. The back of the peghead retains the small blue “55” sticker, denoting the original model tier and price of this instrument when sold new in Japan (¥55,000). The "Made in Japan" text and I-prefix serial number are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and full-size Japanese pots that date to March, 1990. The chrome-plated hardware has plenty of shine, including the control plate and bridge base with steel barrel saddles. Plastics comprise the trio of knobs and four-ply brown tortoise pickguard.
The gloss Black finish has a handful of minor dings and marks, largely on the back and along the lower bout perimeter, as well as some faint buckle rash localized at the belly contour. There is a (likely thumb rest related) single small doweled and touched-up mounting hole just north of the neck pickup. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with just a few small marks along the profile length.
A gigbag is included.