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2005 Fender Jazz Bass '62 Vintage Reissue JB62-DMC Dimarzio Collection Candy Apple Red, Japan


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Up for sale, a 2005 Fender Jazz Bass '62 vintage reissue model JB62-DMC in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a custom color Candy Apple Red gloss finish. This 1962 reissue Jazz Bass was made only for the Japanese domestic market at the Dyna Gakki factory, rarely seen outside its country of origin and outfitted with factory-installed Dimarzio Collection pickups. The fit and finish of the "Crafted in Japan" instruments rivals Fender's American Vintage line, and both acoustically and plugged in, this Jazz Bass is an impressive instrument. Weighing 9lbs 4oz, the bass has plenty of midrange presence and articulate growl, and rolling back the tone control yields ample thump. Dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with roundwound 45-105 strings, this Jazz Bass plays well with comfortable action and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a medium C profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and just enough roundness and substance as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a thick slab with a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and original slender frets that have their full factory height, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly up the 34" scale. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width, and on the headstock, the original clover button chrome tuning machines are intact. The lightly ambered peghead sports the correct '62-style Fender Jazz Bass decal, and the back of the headstock has a third strap button, keeping things period correct down to the smallest details. The "Crafted in Japan" text and S-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, and this rare iteration of Fender Japan's JB62 platform features Dimarzio Collection pickups. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, with light patina on the saddles and tuner buttons, and the original plastics include the three-ply white pickguard and trio of knobs. The gloss finish is abbreviated by Fender Japan as OCR or "Old Candy Red," a darker and more vintage correct shade of Candy Apple Red. Cosmetic wear includes some dings concentrated on the lower bout body edge, with light buckle rash just south of the neck plate and a few additional minor nicks and finish scratches, mostly relegated to the back and body parameter. The lightly ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A gigbag is included.