Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Precision Bass '70 vintage reissue model PB70-78US in excellent, 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 45-105 roundwound strings, optimal action, and spot-on intonation.
Crafted in Japan, 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 slender C-shaped profile carve with good shoulder in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The thick, dark 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 and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-4, playing cleanly up the 34" scale. The nut measures 1 9/16" 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. Cosmetic wear is limited to light pick scuffing across the guard, and only a few minor dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with one finish chip through the gloss on the treble-side shoulder behind fret 5.
A gigbag is included.