Up for sale a 2019 Fender Hama Okamoto Precision Bass “#4” in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. This Fender Japan exclusive is the signature model for Hama Okamoto of Japanese rock band Okamoto’s, widely considered to be among the most influential bassists in the contemporary Japanese music scene.
This model is based on Okamoto's favorite Precision Bass, a model from 1968, yet also benefits from an easily navigable, Jazz Bass-style 1 1/2" nut width and neck profile carve. Other unique vintage-spec accents include "lollipop" buttons on the tuning machines, spiral bridge saddles, and a factory-installed chrome-plated "ashtray" bridge cover. The tonewood complement consists of a basswood body, a maple neck, and a thick slab rosewood fretboard. The split-coil pickup delivers the quintessential P Bass goods, with thick, inherent thump and sweet top end growl. Weighing 8lbs 11oz, this bass has been 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 "Classic 60s Jazz Bass" neck profile, a medium C-shaped carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining more heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and 1.010" at the 12th. On the slab rosewood fretboard, the slender fretwire exhibits faint wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the carved bone nut has a slender 1 1/2“ width. On the headstock, the vintage-style “Lollipop” button tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and the headstock sports a classic Pre-CBS style "spaghetti" logo along with Hama Okamoto's signature on the back.
The traditional electronics work as they should, with the pickup wired to Master Volume and Tone controls with flat-top knurled metal knobs. The chrome-plated hardware shines like new, including the knobs and “ashtray” bridge cover, and the matching chrome-plated pickup cover is present in the gigbag.
The gloss Sunburst finish exhibits only a handful of dings along the lower bout perimeter and on the back, with a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the uninstalled “ashtray” pickup cover.