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1994 Fender American Vintage '62 Jazz Bass Sunburst, Three Knob Variant, Yamano w/ Hangtags


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Up for sale, a 1994 Fender American Vintage '62 Jazz Bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with all original hangtags. While the features of this bass seem conventional, it's actually extremely uncommon to see any '60s spec American Vintage Fender Jazz Bass produced from 1982-2012 with a three knob configuration. The vast majority produced had stack knob controls, and this particular Jazz Bass features the Volume/Volume/Tone configuration introduced on the model in '62. This USA-made bass was custom-ordered by Fender's Japanese distributor Yamano for sale in the Japanese market.

Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck and thick slab rosewood fretboard, offering a deep, broad acoustic tone, with more natural warmth than is afforded a new instrument. Via the stock black bobbin pickup pair, the sound is equal parts low end warmth and midrange cut, with the smooth growl and upper midrange burp of the bridge pickup blending well with the fullness and thump of the neck position single coil. Combined, the two pickups produce an array of sounds appropriate for virtually any live or recording situation. Weighing 9lbs 9oz, this Jazz Bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius with original slender frets that have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, with even fainter wear extending to fret 6 beneath the A and D strings. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive, and the bass plays cleanly in all registers up the 34" scale. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width. On the headstock, the nickel-plated vintage spec reverse gear tuning machines turn very smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel is pencil dated 7-27-94, with additional factory stamps in the neck pocket and on the heel.

All of the electronics work as they should, with black bobbin pickups, CTS pots and untouched solder joints. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean on the bridge base and control plate, with uniform patina on the threaded saddles. Plastic parts include the original "meatball" tortoise pickguard and trio of knobs. The three-tone Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish is notably well-kept, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few dings on the lower bout just south of the belly contour and a few additional finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is clean and smooth, save for a few tiny marks on the profile length.

All of the original factory paperwork and hangtags are included, along with the "ashtray" chrome pickup/bridge covers, and a padded gigbag.