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2021 Fender Traditional Late 60s Jazz Bass Lake Placid Blue w/ Blocks & Binding, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2021 Fender Traditional Late 60s Jazz Bass in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags. A now discontinued FSR (Factory Special Run) model virtually unseen outside the Japanese domestic market, this Traditional 60s Jazz Bass replicates one of the model's most visually alluring and elusive feature sets, with a custom color Lake Placid Blue finish complete with matching peghead, a bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlay, and exact reproductions of Fender's "lollipop" tuning machines.

This bass offers a clear and balanced acoustic tone with excellent sustain and strong note attack. The bridge pickup has the power, burp, and presence that ensures a Jazz Bass cuts through in ensemble situations, and it's easy to dial in the right amount of midrange growl and fundamental thump when balancing the sound between the two single coils. The tone can get quite smooth and wide too, simply by rolling off the bridge pickup Volume and Master Tone control, for a thick sound that doesn't lack definition. The bass weighs 9lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, strung with roundwound 45-105 strings, and dialed in with comfortable action.

The maple neck has a profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges (Fender Japan advertised this neck as a U shape, but it doesn't quite have the heft in the shoulders to qualify), measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The bass has Fender's traditional 1 1/2" Jazz Bass nut width, with a full 34" scale and a particularly thick slab rosewood fretboard. The slender vintage-style frets are flawless, and the bass plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and responsive truss rod. On the matching Lake Placid Blue headstock, the round lollipop button tuners represent the first time Fender has reissued these particular gears on a non-Custom Shop instrument, and they really do round out the late '60s look, turning smoothly with perfect chrome plating.

All of the electronics function flawlessly, and Fender Japan utilizes full-size USA-made CTS pots on this model, complete with USA Fender knobs. The Lake Placid Blue finish is very vintage correct in its tint and saturation, accented by a three-ply parchment pickguard. Cosmetic wear is limited to one ding on the lower bout on the back and just a couple additional extremely minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the factory hangtags.