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2004 Fender Precision Bass '70 Vintage Reissue PB70-78US Black Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Precision Bass '70 vintage reissue model PB70-78US in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, 100% original save for an upgraded mirrored pickguard. 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 and proper thumb rest placement. 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, this bass is dialed in with fresh 45-105 roundwound strings, optimal action, and spot-on intonation.

Crafted in Japan at the Dyna Gakki factory and long ago discontinued, this 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 profile carve at the nut with full shoulders and ideal heft as you travel into the higher registers, and lightly rolled fretboard edges for added comfort. The profile measures .820" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the original medium jumbo fretwire is intact. The frets are flawless with ample meat and perfectly rounded crowns. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and on the headstock, the tuners have the correct vintage footprint with large chrome clover-shaped keys that show uniform surface patina. At the heel of the neck, the "Crafted in Japan" text and R-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. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean on the bridge base and knurled knobs, and the unique mirrored pickguard accents the gloss Black finish. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few faint finish scuffs on the back, and a couple tiny dings on the back of the bass-side body horn. The gloss-finished neck profile is flawless.

A gigbag is included.