Up for sale, a 1992 Moon JJ-4 Jazz Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A boutique Japanese brand rarely seen outside its country of origin, this expertly crafted Moon bass draws inspiration from the classic Fender J Bass platform, sporting an ash body, one-piece maple neck, slab ebony fretboard, EMG J Set pickups, and an active preamp.
The tone is well-balanced across all notes and strings, with sweeping harmonic overtones, ample punch, and quiet operation. This pickup set has classic Jazz Bass characteristics with a broader tonal frequency range for additional dimension and clarity. EMG's design has a very low ratio of resistance to inductance, which increases the low end response, while the radiused ceramic bar magnet ensures a tight midrange punch with dynamic high end response. The bass weighs a robust 11lbs 2oz and sustains beautifully with the inherent rich midrange of ash and the glassy treble detail of the ebony fingerboard. We've had this Moon professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-105 roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C shaped profile carve with modest shoulder at the nut, filling out with more roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The slab ebony fretboard features dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with light uniform wear on the crowns extending up the fretboard. The bass plays cleanly in all registers up the straight neck with a responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 34”, and the nut is solid brass, with the slender and easily navigable 1 1/2" standard J Bass width. The matching headstock face features the original gold Moon waterslide decal and stock gold tuning machines, individually embossed with the Moon logo and featuring long stems and clover buttons.
The EMG J Set pickups are governed by a four knob compliment, with a Master Volume knob, center detent Pickup Blend, and active Treble and Bass knobs powered by a 9V battery in the control cavity. The full size CTS pots date to 1992. The bridge is a top loader design, and hardware includes the quartet of gold knurled knobs, side jack, and Fender-style strap buttons. The gloss Transparent Red finish highlights the broad grain of the ash body, and cosmetic wear is limited to light marks and scuffs mostly relegated to the body edges. The neck profile sports a smooth gloss finish, exhibiting only a few minuscule marks that are not distracting to the palm.
A hardshell case is included.