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1996 Fender Precision Bass '62 Vintage Reissue PB62 Yellow White, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1996 Fender Precision Bass '62 vintage reissue model PB62-53 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this '62 Precision was crafted during the golden age of Fender Japan production at the Fujigen factory, sporting an uncommon "Yellow White" gloss finish, a factory yellowed shade of Olympic White.

Nothing screams quintessential bass tone like a Fender Precision. Looking to capture the magic that made the early 1960s split-coil P Bass so beloved, Fender Japan released this '62 reissue with the same cosmetic appointments, as well as the warmth, articulation and fundamental thump that defines the Precision tone. The bass is a medium weight example at 8lbs 10oz, offering the sonic richness that has been the signature of this model for decades. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this bass is strung with fresh roundwound 45-100 strings and plays well with comfortable action and solid intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a dark cut, retaining the original slender vintage-style fretwire. The scale length is 34”, the fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius, and the nut measures 42.5mm in width (just fractionally shy of 1 11/16"). On the headstock, the vintage-style clover button tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and the face of the headstock has a classic Pre-CBS style "spaghetti" logo. The "Made in Japan" script text and N-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

The traditional electronics work as they should, with the original pickup wired to Master Volume and Tone controls upgraded with brand new USA-made CTS pots and a pair of upgraded flat-topped knurled chrome knobs. The finish is accented by a vibrant glossy red tortoise pickguard, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few dings on the body perimeter and a tiny bit of finish chipping at the edges of the neck pocket. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.