Up for sale, a 2010 Fender Jazz Bass ‘62 vintage reissue model JB62 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, sporting a custom color Gunmetal Blue finish and augmented with a transparent plexi pickguard. This “Made in Japan” bass was produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, rarely seen outside its country of origin.
Produced at the Dyna Gakki factory, this “Made in Japan” instrument features the premium fit and finish work for which Fender Japan is known. Tonewoods include a basswood body, maple neck and thick slab rosewood fretboard, yielding a smooth, balanced natural acoustic response. The pickups deliver quintessential Jazz Bass tones, with plenty of midrange warmth and articulate growl, and rolling off the Tone knob offers ample thump. This bass weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’ Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender U-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, gaining appreciably more heft in the upper registers, measuring .785” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius with dot inlay and pristine stock slender fretwire. 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, carved from bone for optimal sustain and clarity. On the headstock, the clover-button tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The “Made in Japan” text and T-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups wired to the stock harness and governed by the traditional Volume/Volume/Tone control array. The chrome-plated control plate and bridge base are notably clean, with the faintest hint of surface patina on the steel barrel saddles. Plastics comprise the original trio of knobs and the replacement transparent plexi pickguard, which has some requisite scuffing on the treble side of the strum path.
The custom color Gunmetal Blue finish is dark and rich, with subtle metalflake, and there's very little "blue" in this finish, veering towards Charcoal Frost in its application. Cosmetic wear is limited to some nicks on the body perimeter, largely concentrated along the lower bout, a small ding on the back central to the waist, and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile highlights subtle flame figuring in the maple.
A faux leather padded gigbag is included.