Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Precision Bass ‘70 vintage reissue model PB70-70M in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An unassuming variant on the PB70 platform, the "M" suffix model (denoting the maple fretboard) is notably rare. The one-piece maple neck is paired with an ash body, medium weight at 9lbs 3oz and offering a combination of treble immediacy, clear note attack, and punchy low end heft.
An early “Made in Japan” Precision Bass, this model was produced at the Fujigen factory and designed only to be sold within Japan and to select international territories. The split-coil pickup has a round, broad tonal quality, accentuating the grind of the roundwound strings, while also having thick thump with the Tone control rolled back to taste. This Precision Bass benefits from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, offering a gradual yet significantly increase in heft up the fretboard, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and 1.005” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius, and the slender fretwire is nigh flawless, with well-rounded crowns. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the original bone nut measures 1 9/16” in width. The headstock sports a ‘70s-style block logo, and the clover-button tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch as they should, with clean nickel plating. The back of the headstock retains the small blue “70” sticker, denoting both the model tier and original price of this instrument in Japan (¥70,000). The neck heel is pencil dated 12-6-90, with matching PB-70M model markings in both the neck heel and pocket. The “Made in Japan” text and J-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, with the split-coil pickup wired to the stock harness and governed by Master Volume and Tone controls. The solder joints are untouched, and the original full-size Japanese pots date to December, 1990. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean including the flat-top knurled knobs and bridge base with steel barrel saddles.
The gloss Natural finish highlights the broad, dynamic grain in the ash body, and wear is limited to just a scant few microscopic marks on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.
A Soundmaster/GigBag-branded faux leather padded gigbag is included.