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2006 Fender Jaguar Bass JAB-90EQ Black w/ Active EQ, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2006 Fender Jaguar Bass model JAB-90EQ in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. This since-discontinued, upscale model was the first Jaguar Bass offered by Fender, designed as a souped-up, more versatile take on the classic Jazz Bass platform. This “Crafted in Japan” Jaguar Bass retains the same single coil pickups and dimensions as the Jazz Bass model, with a bevy of new tonal sculpting options and active circuitry.

Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard. The stock JB Single pickups are defined and round-sounding, with plenty of midrange cut and burp in the bridge position and ample girth at the neck. A two-way toggle on the hexagonal control plate can engage both pickups in series for extra punch and growl, and the controls on the upper bout engage a separate active circuit (powered by a 9V battery) with a two-band EQ to further dial in the perfect tone. This Jaguar Bass weighs 9lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with lightly rolled fretboard edges and moderate shoulder, gaining appreciably more heft and roundness in the higher registers, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a 9 1/2“ radius with pearloid block inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire is practically perfect. This bass plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. In line with Jazz Bass specifications, the scale length is 34” and the nut measures 1 1/2“ in width. The headstock sports a block logo, and the clover-button tuning machines are notably clean with full-size baseplates, turning smoothly and holding accurate pitch. The “Crafted in Japan” text and R-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

The electronics all function as intended, including Master Volume and Tone knobs, dedicated pickup on/off switches, a Series/Parallel switch and two-band active EQ circuit.  The chrome-plated hardware all has plenty of shine, including the control plates and four-saddle bridge with vintage-style spiral saddles. Plastics comprise the three-ply parchment pickguard and pair of pointer knobs.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to a few minor dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and lower bout body edge, and a targeted area of faint buckle rash on the back central to the upper bout. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is nigh-flawless, save for a few shallow marks on the bass-side shoulder that are imperceptible to the palm while fretting.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.