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2004 Fender Jazz Bass V 5 String Electric Bass Guitar JBV Sunburst, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Jazz Bass V in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and not intended for export, this Jazz Bass model JBV combines the vintage-tinged aesthetics of Fender Japan's '62 reissue models with the modern performance of a 5 string instrument.

Strung with 45-130 roundwound strings, this Fender pairs a solid alder body with a one-piece maple neck and thick slab rosewood fretboard, a tonal platform that yields an even, warm sound across all strings. The low B is fat and rumbling, and the instrument retains the midrange forward sound and present top end indicative in the Jazz Bass design. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and weighing 10lbs, this Jazz Bass plays well with low action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C shape, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. On the thick slab rosewood fretboard, the slender frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear on frets 1-4. The bass plays easily up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The peghead sports a round string tree and original chrome tuning machines with clover buttons that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and Q-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the traditional Volume/Volume/Tone control array governing the pair of single coils. The chrome hardware shows a light dusting of patina, and plastics include the pale mint green pickguard and trio of knobs. Cosmetic wear on the rich three tone Sunburst gloss finish is limited to some tiny scattered nicks on the body, mostly on the lower bout body edge and at the bass-side waist on top, along with a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss across the back. The neck sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.