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1990 Fender Jazz Bass JBR-800 w/ Active Preamp, Natural Ash Body, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Jazz Bass model JBR-800 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A first-year Fender Japan exclusive model with active electronics, this Jazz Bass was produced at the famed Fujigen factory during the golden age of "Made in Japan" production.

Distinctly modern in its features and offered under the "Pro Feel" Fender Japan banner, the JBR-800 features a pair of Hotrod 7J pickups with an active preamp boasting a Master Volume knob, center detent Balance pot for a smooth gradient between the two pickups, and center detent Bass and Treble knobs. The bass has an ash body with broad, dynamic grain and light figuring, paired with a maple neck which also exhibits figuring along the profile length, capped with a thick slab 22 fret maple fretboard. The neck plate and heel are also contoured, designed to offer extended access to the highest frets. The tonewood combination of ash and maple is bright and articulate, with plenty of authority and note attack, with a complex midrange character that accentuates the smooth growl and upper-mid burp of the single coil pair. In concert with the preamp, the tonal palette is broad, offering boosted thump and plenty of detail. The bass weighs 9lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 45-105 roundwound strings, comfortable action and spot-on intonation.

The neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. Despite a few isolated spots of wear through the fretboard gloss from frets 1-6, the original medium jumbo frets are remarkably clean with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only very light wear on frets 1-5. The bass plays easily up the 34" scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width, and the headstock features vintage-style Fender tuners with full-size baseplates and clover buttons, exhibiting uniform surface patina. Even the small "80" sticker is intact on the back of the headstock, denoting a price of 80,000 yen when sold new. Above the contoured neck plate with micro-tilt adjustment, the Made in Japan text and G-prefix serial number are present.

All of the electronics function flawlessly, with perfect "Fender" gold silkscreening on the pickup covers and gleaming chrome knurled knobs on the control array. The bridge is a unique top-loader design with heavy-duty saddles, officially model FBT-4C. The gloss Natural finish highlights the unusual subtle figuring in the tonewoods, with a couple areas of concentrated light pick wear on either side of the pick path. There is a small spot of very faint buckle rash at the treble-side waist on the back and a few additional light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth, lighty ambered gloss finish.