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2007 Fender American Vintage '62 Jazz Bass Sunburst, Three Knob Variant, Yamano w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 2007 Fender American Vintage '62 Jazz Bass in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. 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 thick slab rosewood fretboard, offering a deep, broad acoustic tone, with more natural warmth than is afforded a new instrument. 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 well 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 13oz, this Jazz Bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 40-95 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 .975" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4" radius with original slender frets that have been professionally leveled and crowned, currently showing no wear with good meat remaining. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive, and the bass plays cleanly in all registers up the 34" scale. 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 June 07, 2007, with additional factory stamps in the neck pocket and on the heel.

All of the electronics work as they should, with black bobbin pickups, CTS pots that date to the 51st week of '06 and untouched solder joints. The chrome-plated hardware is bright and clean on the bridge base and control plate. Plastic parts include the red tortoise pickguard, finger rest, and trio of knobs. The three-tone Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish exhibits concentrated buckle wear just beyond the neck plate on the back, and some additional minor nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole largely relegated to the lower bout body edge. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean.

A brand-new Fender black tolex hardshell case is included.