Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Precision Bass '62 vintage reissue in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, this model (officially PB62-53) is quite uncommon outside of Japan. The quality is exceptional, and the "Crafted in Japan" instruments exemplify the attention to detail and dedication on the part of Fender Japan to deliver instruments that have both an alluring vintage look and tone to match.
Nothing screams quintessential bass tone like a Fender Precision. Looking to capture the magic that made the early 1960s split-coil P Bass so beloved, Fender Japan released this '62 reissue with the same cosmetic appointments, as well as the warmth, articulation and fundamental thump that defines the Precision tone. The bass weighs 8lbs 7oz, offering the sonic richness that has been the signature of this model for decades. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this bass is strung with fresh roundwound 45-100 strings and plays well with comfortable action and solid intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with lightly rolled fretboard edges and a bit more heft in the higher registers of the fretboard, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard retains the original slender vintage-style frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. Notes ring out clearly in every register, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has a 1 11/16" width, with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and 34" scale length. On the headstock, the vintage-style clover button tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and the face of the headstock has a classic Pre-CBS style "spaghetti" logo. The back of the headstock even has a third strap button, keeping this instrument period correct right down to the smallest detail. The "Crafted in Japan" text and R-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
The traditional electronics work as they should, with the original pickup wired to Master Volume and Tone controls with knurled metal knobs. The dark glossy reddish brown tortoise pickguard provides great contrast to the Olympic White finish, and the chrome hardware is positively gleaming. The gloss finish is a pitch perfect example of this classic Fender custom color, with no yellowing of the clear coat. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few small nicks on the treble side lower bout body edge, and light pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and free of wear.