Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Precision Bass '62 vintage reissue model PB62-500 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this '62 Precision was crafted at the famed Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production.
Looking to capture the magic that made the early 1960s split-coil P Bass so beloved, Fender Japan released this '62 reissue with the same cosmetic appointments, as well as the warmth, articulation and fundamental thump that defines the Precision tone. The bass is a lightweight example at 8lbs 2oz with a basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. Via the original split coil pickup, this Precision offers the sonic richness that has been the signature of this model for decades. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this bass is strung with roundwound 45-100 strings and plays well with comfortable action and solid intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and round shoulders in every register, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard retains the original slender vintage-style frets which play cleanly in every register and show virtually no wear. The scale length is 34”, the fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius, and the nut measures 1.675" in width (42.5mm). On the headstock, the vintage-style clover button tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and the small "50" sticker is intact, denoting a 50,000 yen price when sold new. The "Made in Japan" text and I-prefix serial are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate, and the neck heel is pencil dated 8-1-90.
The traditional electronics work as they should, with the original pickup wired to Master Volume and Tone controls. The solder joints are untouched, and the full-size Japanese pots date to August of 1990. The chrome plating on the knurled knobs and bridge is quite clean, and plastics include the original red tortoise pickguard. The three-tone Sunburst gloss finish exhibits prominent finish scratches central to the waist on the back, with some additional small scuffs and nicks on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile shows only a few shallow marks on the profile length.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.