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1990 Fender Jazz Bass '75 Vintage Reissue Sunburst Ash w/ Bartolini, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Jazz Bass '75 vintage reissue model JB75-750 in exceptional condition with upgraded Bartolini passive pickups. One of the rarer Jazz Bass models produced by Fender Japan and virtually unseen outside its country of origin, this early "Made in Japan" bass was produced at the Fujigen factory, boasting a Sunburst gloss finish highlighting the broad, dynamic grain of the ash body.

At 10lbs 3oz, the sonic foundation of this Jazz Bass ensures rich tones with excellent sustain and midrange punch. The Bartolini pickups are round and detailed, with excellent articulation. The bridge pickup delivers upper midrange burp and a smooth growl balanced by the fuller thump of the neck pickup. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Jazz Bass is strung with roundwound 45-100 strings, dialed in for optimal action and intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more shoulder and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The dark rosewood fretboard has ambered binding and pearl block inlay, with medium jumbo fretwire that has ample height and meat, showing only very light wear on the crowns of frets 1-5. The bass plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 34", and the nut is carved from bone, measuring 1 1/2" in width. The headstock features vintage-spec clover button tuners with full-size baseplates, turning smoothly and holding pitch reliably with light surface patina. The microscopic "Made in Japan" text is present beneath the block "Jazz Bass" text, and the face of the headstock also has the J-prefix serial number. The back of the headstock has the original "75" sticker, noting a 75,000 yen price when sold new in 1990.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the Bartolini pickups are wired to the original harness with full-size pots that date to February of 1990. The chrome hardware is bright and clean on the control plate and bridge base, with light patina on the barrel saddles. Plastics include the original three-ply black pickguard and knob set. Cosmetic wear is limited to pick wear predominately on the treble side of the guard, with just a few minor nicks and faint finish scratches on the warm, saturated Sunburst gloss finish on the body as a whole. The neck also retains its smooth gloss finish, showing just a few tiny marks on the bass-side shoulder behind frets 5-7.

A Squier-branded gigbag is included.