Up for sale, a 2007 Fender American Vintage '62 Jazz Bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original G&G hardshell case, hangtags, and case candy. While the features of this bass seem conventional, it's actually quite uncommon to see any '60s spec American Vintage Fender Jazz Bass produced from 1982-2012 with a three knob configuration. The vast majority produced had stack knob controls, and this particular Jazz Bass features the Volume/Volume/Tone configuration introduced on the model in '62. This USA-made bass was custom-ordered by Fender's Japanese distributor Yamano for sale in the Japanese market.
Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck and a slab rosewood fretboard, offering a deep, broad acoustic tone, with great natural warmth. Via the stock black bobbin pickup pair, the sound is equal parts low end warmth and midrange cut, with the smooth growl and upper midrange burp of the bridge pickup blending with the fullness and thump of the neck position single coil. Combined, the two pickups produce an array of sounds appropriate for virtually any live or recording situation. Weighing 9lbs 2oz, this Jazz Bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius, and the slender fretwire retains its full factory height, exhibiting light wear on the crowns of frets 1-8. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width, and on the headstock, the nickel-plated vintage spec reverse gear tuning machines turn very smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel is stamped March 11, 2006, and the V-prefix serial is embossed on the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, with black bobbin pickups, cloth-covered leads, CTS pots that date to ‘07, and untouched solder joints. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean on the control plate and bridge base with threaded saddles, and the “ashtray” bridge and pickup covers are present in the case, along with the finger rest. The red tortoise pickguard and trio of knobs round out the plastics.
The gloss Olympic White nitro lacquer finish exhibits light, uniform yellowing of the clear coat, and cosmetic wear includes a number of minor marks and finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the perimeter, as well as light buckle rash on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss, with a scant few shallow nicks and a small area of rack rash behind fret 8 that doesn't distract the palm while fretting.
The original Fender/G&G Deluxe brown tolex hardshell case is included, along with the Fender/Yamano paperwork, "ashtray" chrome covers, individual string mutes, and finger rest.