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2004 Fender Jazz Bass JB62 w/ Maple Fretboard, Indigo, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Jazz Bass model JB62 featuring a rare custom color Indigo gloss finish over an ash body. This Jazz Bass is a reimagining of the original 1962 model, with a unique maple fretboard that adds a distinct treble response and top end articulation. Weighing a comfortable 8lbs 7oz, this Jazz Bass has a very solid feel with a bridge pickup that provides an aggressive, yet full tone that accentuates the growl of a set of roundwound strings. The neck pickup has a nice thump and presence, and the two compliment each other nicely, equal parts midrange punch and low end warmth. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this JB62 Jazz Bass plays well with comfortable action, 45-100 roundwound strings and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has slender vintage-style fretwire that shows virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the 34" scale. The neck is straight and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The carved bone nut measures 1 1/2" in width, and the headstock features nickel clover button tuning machines. The "Crafted in Japan" text and R-prefix serial is present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, with stock pickups and pots. The chrome control plate features flat-topped knurled knobs, and the top-loader bridge has been fitted with brass barrel saddles for increased articulation and note attack. The transparent Indigo gloss finish is accented by a white pearloid pickguard, and there are extra finger rest holes on the bass side of the body (both into the pickguard and beyond the guard between the pickups), along with a pair of bridge cover mounting holes as well. There are a few lines of finish checking on the lower bout on top, and a spot of faint buckle rash at the edge of the belly contour on the back, along with various dings, largely on the back and body perimeter. The neck profile retains its gloss finish, with very faint palm wear on the fretboard edges.