Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Precision Bass ‘51 vintage reissue model OPB-51DM in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A particularly rare and early example from Fender Japan, this bass hails from the golden age of “Made in Japan” production, crafted at the Fujigen factory.
At the heart of the bass is a USA-made Seymour Duncan SCPB-2 Basslines single coil pickup (a later substitution), and this pickup has ample output, with broader low end than a vintage-style wind. 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. This bass weighs 8lbs 11oz, professionally 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 medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire is practically perfect. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 42.5mm (1.675”) in width. On the headstock, the original long stem clover-button 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, and the neck heel and pocket also have matching OPB-51DM model stamps.
The electronics comprise the upgraded Seymour Duncan Basslines pickup wired to the stock harness, and the full-size Japanese pots date to December of ‘91. The chrome-plated hardware has plenty of shine, including the dome-topped knurled knobs, control plate, and bridge base, with light surface patina on the pair of steel barrel saddles.
The gloss two-tone Sunburst finish exhibits some minor dings and finish scratches on the body from light, careful use, and a few finish chips along the lower bout body edge. The neck retains its smooth ambered gloss, with a few shallow marks along the profile length that don't distract the palm while fretting.
A modern Fender-branded gigbag is included.