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1996 Fender Precision Bass '70 Vintage Reissue PB70-70 Olympic White, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1996 Fender Precision Bass '70 vintage reissue model PB70-70 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. One of the very first examples of the PB70 model produced by Fender Japan (the bass would first appear in the catalog in '97), this bass was made at the Fujigen factory before primary production of the "Crafted in Japan"-era instruments began at Dyna Gakki.

The bass features a factory installed Fender American Standard split coil P Bass pickup, along with a few select vintage touches including a block logo on the headstock and black pickguard. One welcome deviation from vintage spec is a thick slab rosewood fretboard (as opposed to a thinner veneer board seen on actual vintage examples). Tonally, this bass delivers the goods, and acoustically the alder body is quite resonant. There's a strong fundamental thump to the tone, and the roundwound strings provide plenty of top end articulation. The bass weighs 8lbs 8oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this bass is dialed in with fresh 45-105 roundwound strings, optimal action, and spot-on intonation.

This discontinued model is rarely seen outside its country of origin, and the quality construction of Fender Japan's instruments provide stiff competition for Fender's vintage-centric USA reissue instrument lines (arguably in large part why they aren't offered in the USA). This '70 Precision model meets the high bar befitting Fender Japan's reputation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The dark slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the original slender fretwire is intact. The frets are flawless, with ample meat and perfectly rounded crowns. The nut measures 1.680" in width (just fractionally shy of 1 11/16") and on the headstock, the tuners are a brand new set of Gotoh-made gears with gleaming chrome plating and clover-shaped keys. At the heel of the neck, the "Crafted in Japan" text and N-prefix six digit serial number are present.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the American Standard pickup wired to the stock Fender Japan wiring harness. The Olympic White gloss finish is a gently aged shade, showing pick scuffing across the guard with a few finish chips and dings on the lower bout body edge, with only a few additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and ambered.