(SOLD) Fender Japan '57 Precision Bass PB57-55 Sunburst 1989
Fender Precision, two tone sunburst, made in Japan 1989. A P Bass should have a bit of play wear on it, right? This one was made a couple of months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it's got a respectable collection of knocks, scuffs and sticker fade marks to vouch for it's playability. The neck is a 50s chunky D-shape, and although it's not quite as fat as the mid 90s era '57 models, it's got a reassuring girth in the hands and feels great. The body is fairly lightweight and very resonant, which translates very well when you plug it in. This has an abundance of midrange punch and a very assertive attack, outlined by a snappy treble enhanced by the maple board and undergirded with a tuneful, fat low end. It sounds how a P bass should: fat and full, expressive, simple and effective. It's not out to reinvent the wheel, but it'll hold it's own in just about any band and look pretty fly doing it. Pheck pyeah.
Model: Fender Precision Bass (PB57-55)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, neck date 26 Jul 1989 (serial F011070)
Finish: two tone sunburst, 1-ply cream guard
Neck: maple with maple board, 34" scale, 7.25" radius, 45mm nut, chunky D shape
Mods: knobs replaced
Pickup: Fender Japan PB-Vintage split single coil
Case: basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some scuffs and dimples on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a few dimples and small dents in the elbow area, in the middle of the body and near the neck plate, as well as widespread light scuffs around the whole body. The sides have light scuffs on both horns and some dimples in the elbow area and near the jack. The front has some play rash between the pickup and the bridge, a couple of scratches around the bridge, a fair bit of surface scratches on the top horn, sticker fade marks on the guard and some general light scuffs around the whole body. 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. The frets are in good shape and have been recently polished, 8/10 for fret life left. Set up with fresh 45/105 Moonshiners strings.