Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Jazz Bass ‘62 vintage reissue fretless model JB62-77FL in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, this model captures the feel and look of Jaco Pastorious' famed J Bass. Finely crafted by Fender Japan with a host of premium features including USA-made pickups, an alder body, and vintage-spec tuners, this fretless model features a lined slab rosewood fretboard and can deliver plenty of growl, burp, and snap via the two original single coil pickups. The signal can get throaty and punchy with the tone rolled off and the neck pickup favored, or dial up the bridge pickup for a more midrange forward tone that has plenty of presence. This bass weighs 8lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining a hair more overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .855” at the nut and .970 at the octave. Side dots and a lined fretboard help with pitch accuracy, and the fretboard radius matches vintage spec at 7 1/4". The bass plays cleanly up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 1/2” in width. On the headstock, the bass features a set of vintage-style nickel-plated tuning machines with long shafts and clover buttons. The “Crafted in Japan” text and P-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a standard Volume/Volume/Tone Jazz Bass control configuration, and the harness has been upgraded with modern USA-made CTS pots and a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. The chrome-plated control plate and bridge base have plenty of shine, and the bridge has steel barrel saddles in lieu of the usual spiral variety.
The three-tone Sunburst finish is accurate to vintage-spec with a burst that is only two-tone beneath the area where you'd typically see a pickguard. Cosmetic wear on the finish includes a number of minor dings and a singular finish chip along the body perimeter, very light buckle worming on the back central to the lower bout, and just a scant few additional small marks. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile highlights very subtle birdseye figuring in the maple.
A zippered hardshell case is included.