Up for sale, a 1996 Fender Jazz Bass ‘62 vintage reissue model JB62-75 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This "Made in Japan" Jazz Bass is an uncommon, upper-tiered iteration with premium features including USA Fender pickups and vintage-spec hardware including spiral bridge saddles and full-size tuner baseplates. Made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, this Jazz Bass rivals Fender's US production and is rarely seen outside its country of origin.
This Jazz Bass has a lively and resonant acoustic response, featuring an alder body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard. The USA-made pickups provide a range of classic Jazz Bass tonalities, with plenty of sweet midrange and articulate growl. The treble frequencies accentuate the grind of the fresh roundwound 45-100 strings, and there's plenty of broad thump with the Tone knob rolled back to taste. This Jazz Bass weighs 9lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with comfortable action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly slender U-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius, and the stock slender fretwire is in exceptional condition with well-rounded crowns, showing only a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-2. This bass plays cleanly in all registers up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width. The headstock sports a ‘62-style “Fender Jazz Bass” decal, and the original tuning machines have full-size vintage-spec baseplates, exhibiting light surface patina and functioning as intended. The “Made in Japan” script text and N-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, with stock USA-made Fender pickups wired to full-size Volume pots and an upgraded push/pull Tone pot with a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. The chrome-plated bridge base and control plate have plenty of shine, and the bridge saddles are the vintage-correct spiral design. Plastics include the original trio of knobs and the multi-ply red tortoise pickguard which shows some scuffing along the pick path. Cosmetic wear on the gloss three-tone Sunburst finish includes a couple finish chips and additional dings on the lower bout body edge, and a handful of light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
A mottled brown faux leather gigbag is included.