Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass, modded to fretless, vintage white, made in Japan 2007-10. Well... that's different! The Aerodyne J is a cult favourite among players; the lightweight carved and bound body, slick neck and P/J setup has won many hearts worldwide. The reverse-tuxedo creamy white look of this one is a sure-fire stunner; they're far less common than the black/grey offerings around and really does look the goods. There's an obvious modification: it has no frets. When this arrived, the frets had been removed and the gaps filled; it was structurally sound and played well, but the board looked a little untidy with some white filler on show in the gaps where the frets were. Our local ninja-luthier added a veneer to the fingerboard, which now looks and feels exceptionally classy; the work is absolutely outstanding. The P/J pickup combo works brilliantly with the fretless board, it's great to be able to roll in the thump from the P-pickup and the definition and growl from the J-single; the tonal possibilities are both wide and attractive. If you're keen to mix genres, reference Saint Jaco and turn some heads, this is the weird and wonderful friend you need in your life.
Model: Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass, AJB
Made: Japan, Tokai plant, 2007-10 (serial T037053)
Finish: vintage white (VWH)
Weight: 3.7kg appox
Neck: maple with rosewood board, dot inlays
Mods: frets removed, new veneer on fingerboard
Pickup: Fender Japan PB-single (neck), JB-Single (bridge)
Case: basic padded gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: Mild finish wear. There's a few scuffs and marks around the edges of the headstock. The back of the neck has a couple of inconsequential dings, the fingerboard is newly veneered as noted above. The back of the body has a bit of buckle rash and some dents around the body carve area. The front has some dents on the top horn and some marks between the knobs and the bridge as well as some normal play scratches. There's some dents along the edge, mostly on the back edge but also the bottom. Overall: good condition (7/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. No frets, new board veneer is in perfect shape. Set up with fresh 45/105s.