Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Precision Bass '51 vintage reissue model OPB-51DM in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, featuring a factory-installed USA-made DiMarzio pickup and upgrade Fender G&G Deluxe tweed hardshell case. A particularly rare and early example from Fender Japan, this bass hails from the "Made in Japan" golden age of production at the Fujigen factory, faithfully replicating the earliest Precision Bass feature set.
At the heart of the bass is a factory-installed USA-made DiMarzio single coil pickup (thus the DM model suffix). The bass delivers a strong fundamental punch with a resonance and thump that cuts through with a different tonal color than later split coil P Bass pickups. The solid ash string-through body ensures the bass delivers both exquisite sustain and a complex midrange character. The bass is shockingly lightweight at only 8lbs 1oz, benefitting from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, with slender vintage-style frets that are practically perfect, retaining their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The neck is straight, and notes ring out clearly up the 34" scale. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (1.675"). On the headstock, the original long stem tuners turn smoothly with clean nickel plating, and the bass has the smaller early '50s headstock profile most associated with the Telecaster. The "Made in Japan" text and L-prefix serial are present above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate. The neck heel and pocket also have matching OPB-51DM model stamps.
All of the electronics work as intended with untouched solder joints, and the DiMarzio black bobbin pickup is wired to full-size Japanese pots that date to December of '91. Hardware includes the two-saddle bridge, domed knurled knobs, and control plate, all with gleaming chrome plating. Cosmetic wear on the Butterscotch gloss finish is limited to one ding of note just south of the neck plate on the back, and just a few additional minor marks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss on the neck is nigh flawless.
An upgraded Fender-branded tweed G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included.