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1991 Fender Extrad Custom Edition Fretless '62 Jazz Bass JB62-128FL, Nitro Lacquer w/ USA Parts, Japan MIJ Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1991 Fender “Extrad Custom Edition” fretless ‘62 Jazz Bass model JB62-128FL in 100% original condition, with a nitro lacquer gloss finish and all USA Fender electronics and hardware. The Extrad Fender Japan instruments are the most sought after and excruciatingly rare instruments ever produced at Fujigen during Fender Japan's golden age, designed for the domestic Japanese market and rarely seen in their country of origin or elsewhere.

A true Custom Shop offering, the Extrad instruments (in later years rebranded as Custom Edition) were ostensibly made to order one-offs with features that paralleled Fender's USA Custom Shop output. Established by Makoto Sugimoto, who benefitted from a quarter century of experience in R&D, custom guitar building, and engineering at Fujigen, the Extrad/Custom Edition instruments were produced by a small team of expert craftspeople, representing Fender Japan's absolute best. This premium instrument line was first offered in 1986 and was retired in 1994.

Tonewoods include an ash body, maple neck, and lined slab rosewood fretboard, yielding a sound with natural midrange authority and clear note attack. The USA-made pickup pair delivers smooth growl and midrange burp, accentuating the top end articulation of a set of fresh roundwound 45-100 strings. The neck pickup, in contrast, has a thicker, broader sound, delivering ample thump with the Tone knob backed off to taste. This Extrad Jazz Bass weighs 8lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with easy-playing action.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with well-rounded shoulders, gaining a hair more heft and roundness further up the fingerboard, measuring .805” deep at the 1st “fret” and .945” at the octave. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a dark and tight-grained cut, lined for ideal intonation with pearloid dot inlay, and exhibiting just a touch of wear into the rosewood beneath the strings. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 1/2“ in width, and the headstock sports a ‘60s-style logo and long-stem clover-button tuners with full-size baseplates. The back of the headstock retains the “Fender Japan Custom Edition” decal. The neck heel and pocket have matching JB62-128 model stamps, and the “Made in Japan” text and L-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the USA-made pickups wired to the original USA-made CTS pots which date to the 23rd week of 1991. The chrome-plated hardware is notably clean, including the control plate and bridge with vintage-style spiral saddles. Plastics comprise the three-ply parchment pickguard, thumb rest, and original trio of knobs.

The gloss nitro lacquer Sunburst finish highlights the dynamic grain of the ash body, an uncommon feature for any '60s-style Jazz Bass. The lacquer finish exhibits areas of light finish reaction in the clear coat, likely from prolonged contact with a strap, on the bass side of the body (both front and back) as well as on the lower bout body edge. This also includes the few localized darker spots in the lacquer on the back. Wear otherwise includes some small dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh-flawless.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.