Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Jazz Bass ‘62 vintage reissue model JB62-70 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag and hangtags. This “Made in Japan” Jazz Bass was first introduced in the '95 catalog, designed to be sold to the Japanese domestic market, and as such quite uncommon outside its country of origin.
Rich and resonant, this Jazz Bass has an alder body paired with a maple neck and slab rosewood fretboard, yielding and a smooth, balanced natural acoustic voice. The growl of the roundwound strings is on full display, and the stock pickups deliver treble articulation, midrange burp, and bass register punch. Additionally, there’s plenty of round thump on tap with the Tone knob rolled back to taste. This bass weighs 9lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 45-100 strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders at the nut, gaining heft and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .990” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard features lightly rolled edges and a 7 1/4“ radius, with pearloid dot inlay and flawless vintage-spec slender fretwire. 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. The headstock sports the correct '62 style "Fender Jazz Bass" decal, and the tuners have vintage-spec full-size baseplates with long stems and clover buttons. There’s even a vintage-accurate third strap button on the back of the peghead. The “Made in Japan” text and S-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups governed by individual Volume controls and a Master Tone knob. The chrome-plated hardware is notably clean, including the control plate, bridge base, and steel barrel saddles. Plastics comprise the original trio of knobs and the four-ply red tortoise pickguard. This is an exceedingly well-kept example, with cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish limited to one ding on the bass-side lower bout perimeter and a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is pristine and highlights subtle birdseye figuring in the maple.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the factory paperwork and hangtags (one of which is serialized).