Up for sale, a 2008 Fender Jazz Bass '75 vintage reissue model JB75-90US in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. One of the more rare and upscale Jazz Bass models produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market (and now discontinued), this "Made in Japan" model features a bound maple fretboard with pearl block inlay, and most importantly, factory installed USA Fender pickups. Weighing 9lbs 1oz with an ash body, there's a strong fundamental punch and sustain to the tone, and the low end is thick and focused, balanced by the inherent articulation and note attack of the maple fretboard. There's a growl and clarity to the bridge pickup, which is balanced by the fuller thump of the neck position single coil, yet naturally many of the instrument's best tones come from finding the perfect blend between the two. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Jazz Bass is strung with fresh 45-105 roundwound strings and has been dialed in for optimal action and intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a modestly slender C profile carve with round, inviting shoulders and a bit more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The bound maple fretboard has stock medium jumbo fretwire which has its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-5. The bass plays cleanly up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 1 1/2" in width. The headstock features full-size vintage-style Fender tuners with clover buttons, and the S-prefix serial number is present just below the Jazz Bass logo.
All of the electronics work as they should, with a pair of the same pickups used on Fender's American Standard Jazz Bass line. The hardware includes a clean chrome-plated control plate and bridge base, with light patina on the saddles and a bit of surface rust on the pickup poles. Plastic parts include the original knob set and parchment three-ply pickguard which shows a few requisite pick scuffs. The Sienna Sunburst gloss finish is a fairly uncommon option, highlighting the grain of the ash body, with cosmetic wear limited to just a few scattered tiny nicks and tiny finish scuffs in the gloss on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile shows just a couple tiny shallow nicks.
This discontinued Jazz Bass was exclusive to the Japanese market and rarely seen outside its country of origin. With premium features and a pair of factory-installed USA-made pickups, it's a prime example of the build quality and attention to detail of Fender Japan's vintage reissue instruments.
A padded gigbag is included.