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2012 Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass Black w/ Dimarzio Model J Pickups, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2012 Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass model AJB in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, upgraded with a pair of DiMarzio Model J hum-canceling single coil pickups. This rare “Made in Japan” Jazz Bass features a bound, contoured top, matching headstock, and full 34” scale length. Set apart from the vast majority of Aerodyne basses produced by Fender Japan, this instrument has a traditional Jazz Bass single coil pickup pairing (as opposed to a PJ configuration).

Tonewoods include a basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard, and this bass has a smooth, resonant acoustic character that provides an ideal platform for the upgraded pair of DiMarzio Model J single coil pickups. Designed to recreate all the warmth and roundness of the classic Jazz Bass sound while also offering a touch more power and hum cancellation, these pickups can burp and grind with the best of them, and the additional power translates to a bigger, fuller sound with great lower-midrange kick. This Aerodyne weighs 8lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a dark cut, sporting a 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire is flawless. This bass plays cleanly up the full 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 1/2“ in width. On the matching headstock, the clover-button tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with a consistent dusting of surface patina on their nickel plating. The “Made in Japan” text and JD12-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended; the upgraded DiMarzio pickups are wired to the stock harness and governed by a standard Volume/Volume/Tone control configuration. The control plate and bridge base have plenty of shine, with consistent patina across the Strat-style knobs. The three-ply black pickguard exhibits some requisite scuffing on the treble side of the pick path. The contoured top is framed by cream binding, and cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to a handful of minor dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the lower bout on the back and body perimeter. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is flawless, highlighting subtle flame figuring in the maple.

A gigbag is included.