Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Precision Bass '62 vintage reissue in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, this model (officially PB62-53) is quite uncommon outside of Japan. The quality is exceptional, and the "Crafted in Japan" instruments exemplify the attention to detail and dedication on the part of Fender Japan to deliver instruments that have both an alluring vintage look and tone to match.
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 weighs 8lbs 7oz, 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 slender C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard retains the original slender vintage-style frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath all strings on frets 1-3, extending more faintly beneath the A and D strings until fret 5. Notes ring out clearly in every register, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut width measures 1 11/16", with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and 34" scale length. 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 back of the headstock even has a third strap button, keeping this instrument period correct right down to the smallest detail. The "Crafted in Japan" text and P-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 with knurled metal knobs. The glossy red "tomato soup" tortoise pickguard provides great contrast to the Olympic White finish, and the chrome hardware is positively gleaming. The gloss finish is a pitch perfect example of this classic Fender custom color, and cosmetic wear includes some scattered shallow dings on the body, primarily where the forearm crosses the top and on the body parameter. There is also one line of faint finish checking and just a couple isolated minor marks on the back. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and free of wear.
A gigbag is included.