Up for sale, a 2011 History GH-BJ5A/M five string Jazz Bass in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, factory paperwork, and strap. Crafted exclusively for the Japanese market at the renowned Fujigen Gakki factory and only sold at the Shimamura chain of music shops, this History bass is rarely seen outside its country of origin.
The bass is constructed with American pioneer-era old growth “Heritage Wood” salvaged from the bottoms of lakes, offering unmatched integrity and tone. With a select ash body and hard maple neck, this J Bass has a powerful punch and rich rumble that translates well through the stock HBJ-5 pickups. Loaded with an Aguilar OBP-3SK/PP preamp with a separate push/pull Mid pot, stacked Treble/Bass pot, and a mini-toggle switch to engage the active electronics, the tonal options are vast. The bass offers broad thump, articulate upper midrange burp and growl, and a clear treble register benefitting from the inherent note attack and definition of maple and ash. Weighing 9lbs 7oz, this History bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-125 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .935” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features abalone dot inlay and flawless medium jumbo fretwire, and the bass plays well in all registers up the straight neck, reinforced with titanium for exceptional stability. The scale length is a full 34”, and the stock bone nut has a width of 1 7/8". The headstock face features an abalone History logo and nickel tuning machines with clover buttons that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, the electronics work as they should, with dedicated Volume controls for each pickup, and an active Aguilar OBP-3SK/PP preamp. The bridge is a top loader design, and the nickel hardware includes the quartet of knurled knobs, side jack, and Fender-style strap buttons. Cosmetic wear is limited to light scuffing in the pick path and a few scattered minuscule marks in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and pristine.
The original hardshell case is included, complete with string guard, leather strap, and factory paperwork.