Up for sale, a 2000 Fender Precision Bass '70 vintage reissue model PB70-78US in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An uncommon model, this 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, proper thumb rest mounting, 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 14oz. 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.
Crafted in Japan at the Dyna Gakki factory, this model is rarely seen outside its country of origin. 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), and this '70 Precision model meets the high bar befitting Fender Japan's reputation.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve at the nut with full shoulders and ideal heft as you travel into the higher registers, and lightly rolled fretboard edges for added comfort. The profile measures .820" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the original medium jumbo fretwire is intact. The frets show just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, with ample meat and perfectly rounded crowns. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and on the headstock, the tuners have the correct vintage footprint with large chrome clover-shaped keys that show uniform surface patina. At the heel of the neck, the "Crafted in Japan" text and O-prefix 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 finish shows some yellowing of the clear coat, with one subtle "tan line" of a previously removed sticker on the back treble-side lower bout. Cosmetic wear otherwise is limited to some pick scuffing across the black three-ply pickguard, a few dings and one small finish chip on the treble-side lower bout body edge, a few additional marks central to where the sticker was removed. The ambered neck profile finish is smooth and glossy.