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1998 Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass Natural Ash w/ Active EQ, 100% Original, First Year, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1998 Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. From the first year of production, this "Made in Japan" (now discontinued) Marcus Miller Jazz Bass features a gloss Natural finished ash body, active EQ, and maple fretboard with binding and pearl block inlay. The Marcus Miller model is designed for optimal richness, detail, and articulation, and the stock pickups have plenty of growl and thump, with the top end response accentuated by the maple fretboard. The ash body and Leo Quan Badass II bridge also ensure ample sustain, clear note attack and a complex midrange character. The bass weighs 9lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender U-shaped profile carve with more overall shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The stock slender fretwire shows just a hint of wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-4 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The original nut has the traditional 1 1/2" Jazz Bass width, and the bass plays easily up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. On the headstock, the large clover button tuning gears turn very smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Made in Japan" text is present on the headstock face, along with a B-prefix serial number seen on the earliest examples of this model.

All of the electronics work as intended, with a switchable active two-band EQ along with more conventional Volume and Tone controls. The original Leo Quan Badass II bridge also increases the sustain and power that this bass can deliver. The ambered Natural gloss finish highlights the broad grain of the ash body, with notable pick wear across the strum path, extending across the pickguard and beyond the knobs. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to just a few faint finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile has a smooth gloss finish with only a few tiny shallow marks on the profile length.

A Fender-branded gigbag is included.