Fender Japan '57 Precision Bass PB57-53 Candy Apple Red 1996
Fender '57 P, candy apple red, made in Japan 1995-6. This is a classic, plain and simple. Candy apple red always looks good, but with a few miles on the clock and paired with a tasty golden syrup board, it looks all the better. Most '57 style P basses have a wide 45mm nut; this one is a little slimmer: it measures up at 42mm like a '62 style P. That translates nicely in the hands: it's an easy player, super light in weight and quicker under the fingers than a regular 50s style P while maintaining some trademark P mild obstinance. The tone is very punchy indeed: heaps of tight, round low end and a growly midrange and a satisfying immediate attack. You can't really go wrong here, it's a little treasure.
Model: Fender Precision Bass '57 Reissue, PB57-53
Made: Japan, 1995-6 (serial S038092)
Finish: candy apple red (CAR), 1-ply white guard
Neck: maple with maple board, 34" scale, 7.25" radius, 42mm nut
Pickup: Fender Japan PB-Single
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some marks on the end and bottom edge. Neck has some minor dimples on the back, no major marks. The back has a bunch of light scuffs and dimples, no major marks. The sides have a few marks to note: dimples on the top horn, couple of chips on the shoulder, chips and scuffs around from the knobs. The front is pretty clean, just some minor dimples on the shoulder and near the bridge and some light play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: good condition (7.5/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets look good, minor wear only, 8/10 for fret life left. Set up with fresh 45/105s.