Up for sale, a 1996 Seymour Duncan Traditional Jazz Bass in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original padded gigbag. This upscale, modern iteration of the Jazz Bass platform was produced in Japan by ESP, in collaboration with the iconic American pickup giant Seymour Duncan. This particular bass has been upgraded with a Leo Quan Badass Bass II bridge and sports a custom color Ocean Turquoise gloss finish.
Tonewoods include an alder body and a maple neck capped by a thick slab rosewood fretboard. At 9lbs 4oz, this bass has ample natural sustain and sonic authority, qualities further enhanced by the Leo Quan bridge and faithfully captured by the stock pair of USA-made Seymour Duncan single coil pickups. The pickups deliver a range of classic JB tones; they have plenty of midrange burp and articulate growl, with a clear treble response and broad thump on tap when you dial back the Tone knob. This Seymour Duncan Traditional Jazz Bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium U-shaped profile carve with ample shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a hair more heft and roundness in the upper registers, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .985” at the 12th. The notably thick slab rosewood fretboard has a modern 9 1/2“ radius and flawless medium jumbo 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“, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. The headstock sports a Seymour Duncan script logo. The clover button tuners have large vintage-spec baseplates, turning smoothly and holding accurate pitch, with a light dusting of patina on the nickel plating.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the USA-made Seymour Duncan pickups wired to the stock harness with cloth-covered leads and full-size Noble pots that date to 1996. The chrome-plated control plate and upgraded Badass Bass II bridge both shine like new.
The gloss Ocean Turquoise Metallic finish is dark and rich, and cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of minor dings on the body perimeter, with some faint scratches and scuffs in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile highlights some subtle figuring in the maple at the upper registers, with a scant few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.
The original ESP-branded padded gigbag is included