Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Jazz Bass '62 vintage reissue in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. 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 rivals Fender's American Vintage line, and both acoustically and plugged in, this Jazz Bass is an impressive instrument with a smooth, resonant natural acoustic response. Weighing 9lbs 3oz, 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 one-piece maple neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve at the nut with plenty of roundness and substance as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .850" 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 fretwire that's practically perfect with its full factory height and well-rounded crowns. 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 R-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 are equally as well-kept. The glossy reddish brown tortoise contrasts with the three-tone Sunburst gloss finish, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole, and some small nicks and scuffs on the lower bout body edge. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.