Up for sale, a 2000 Fender Jazz Bass '62 vintage reissue in 100% original condition, honestly played yet with near pristine frets and offering excellent playability. This 1962 reissue Jazz Bass (officially model JB62-58) was made only for the Japanese domestic market, rarely seen outside its country of origin. The fit and finish of the "Crafted in Japan" instruments is top notch, and this Jazz Bass offers a smooth, resonant natural acoustic response. Weighing 8lbs 10oz, the bass has plenty of midrange presence and articulate growl, and rolling back the Tone control yields ample thump. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with roundwound 45-100 strings, this Jazz Bass plays well with comfortable action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and a bit more roundness and overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a thick slab with a vintage 7 1/4" radius and slender frets that have perfectly rounded crowns, showing only a touch of wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-4. The bass conforms to traditional Fender spec with a full 34" scale length and easily navigable 1 1/2" wide nut. On the headstock, the original clover button chrome tuning machines are intact, and the lightly ambered peghead sports the correct '62-style Fender Jazz Bass decal. The "Crafted in Japan" text and O-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, the chrome hardware has plenty of shine, and the original plastic parts include the trio of knobs and red "tomato soup" pickguard. The Olympic White gloss finish shows dings and chips along the lower bout body edge, with wear extending to a lesser extent along the rest of the body perimeter. There is one finish chip just above the neck plate and some checking at the edges of the neck pocket, along with a few small dings on the top and back, yet surprisingly, virtually no buckle rash. The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth. The bass does have a prominent smokey odor, which extends to the gigbag.