Fender Japan Jazz Bass Special PJ-535 Black 1986
Fender Jazz Bass Special, black, made in Japan 1986. The 'Boxer Series' was Fender's Japanese made 'modern' instruments of the mid-eighties: Strats and Teles with Flyod Rose bridges, pointy shaped things, short scale Strats and... some really cool basses. This model only existed for a couple of years. It's closer in shape to a P bass than a J, but with rounded smooth edges, a slightly smaller body, funky electronics and a cool 32" medium scale. The shorter scale is heaps of fun, it has a few effects. First, you get a certain ease of movement, it's an absolute breeze to play up and down the neck. The tone gets a little shorter in sustain and thumpier in attack. The pickups have big fat pole pieces, they're a bit hotter in output than a regular set, which adds some tasty beef to the equation too. The sister model to this, which is the same but with straight pickups, the PJ-555, was played by Duff McKagan of Guns & Roses for a while int he eighties. The slanted pickups add a bit extra grit to the high register, it's very cool. I figured this would be a cool bass but didn't expect to like it, but after a few minutes of playing it, it became my favourite bass in the shop.
Model: Fender Boxer Series Jazz bass Special PJ-535
Made: Japan, 1986 (serial E602771)
Finish: black, oss poly
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 32" medium scale, 9.5" radius, modern C shape
Pickups: Fender Japan Boxer P/J single coil set
Controls: volume (N), volume (B), treble boost/cut, 3-way switch
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some chips on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, light scuffs on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs and dimples, no major marks. The sides have minor dimple son both horns, some dents near the jack and a decent chip on the top side in the elbow area. The front has widespread light scuffs and dimpels but no major marks. Overall: good condition (7/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. Frets are freshly polished and looking fresh, 9/10 for fret life left. All electrics tested and working properly. Set up with fresh 45/105 Moonshiners strings.