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1997 Fender Jazz Bass '75 Vintage Reissue JB75 Natural Ash, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 1997 Fender Jazz Bass '75 vintage reissue model JB75 in perfect working order. One of the rarer upscale Jazz Bass models made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market (and now discontinued), this "Crafted in Japan" model features a bound maple fretboard with pearl block inlay. Weighing 9lbs 2oz with a solid ash body, the tonewood compliment delivers a bold natural acoustic quality with thick, focused low end and a meaty midrange, balanced by the inherent articulation and note attack of the maple fretboard. There's a growl and clarity to the bridge pickup, while the neck position single coil delivers more roundness and broad thump with the Tone knob rolled back to taste. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Jazz Bass is strung with 45-105 roundwound strings and has been dialed in for optimal action and intonation. The one-piece maple neck features a U-shaped profile carve with prominent shoulders and more heft in the higher registers, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The bound maple fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which have plenty of meat and their full factory height, showing only faint wear beneath the E and A strings on frets 1-4. Then bass plays easily up the 34" scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width. The headstock features tuners with vintage-spec full-size baseplates and clover buttons, exhibiting light uniform surface patina. The block Jazz Bass logo with O-prefix serial number is intact on the headstock face, and microscopic "Crafted in Japan" script is also present above the three-bolt chrome F neck plate. All of the electronics work as they should, and the chrome hardware and plastic parts are quite clean. The bass had been previously modded with presumably a preamp routed into the top ala Marcus Miller, and this has been filled with a matching rectangular piece of ash just north of the control plate, with six additional dowels to fill any previous mounting holes. Beyond this, there's just a bit of requisite pick scuffing across the parchment guard, and a few exceedingly faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body. The neck profile is flawless.