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2002 Fender Precision Bass '70 Vintage Reissue PB70-78US Olympic White, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2002 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 placement, 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 9lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 45-100 roundwound strings, optimal action, and spot-on intonation.

Crafted in Japan at the Dyna Gakki factory, this discontinued 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 medium C profile carve at the nut with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .950" 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 have their full factory height, with well-rounded crowns and a touch of uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-6, playing cleanly up the 34" scale. 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. At the heel of the neck, the "Crafted in Japan" text and Q-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 Olympic White finish shows some scuffs and dings concentrated on the lower bout body edge, with some additional shallow marks across the back and at the bass-side waist. The ambered neck profile finish is smooth and glossy and there is one ding in the rosewood on the treble-side fretboard edge at fret 7, not impeding playability in the slightest.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.