(SOLD) Fender Japan '57 Precision Bass PB57-70US Sunburst 1998
Fender Precision, sunburst, crafted in Japan 1997-00. It's amazing how one little detail can totally elevate the look of an instrument.... the anodized gold guard on this really makes the 50s style two tone burst and the golden maple board pop perfectly. There's some other lovely details too: the neck shows off some very tight grain, so you know it's a great piece, plus the alder body has some nice subtle parallel figuring too. The neck on these '57 models is pretty big: 45mm at the nut and carved to a chunky D style shape, so if you're after a juicy neck that rewards some deliberate note choice, this will surely hit the spot. Plugged in, it's got heft: heaps of attack and weight in the low end, punchy growl in the mids and certain sweet sizzle on the top end courtesy of the maple board and USA pickup. Tasty P specimens are generally finding homes pretty quickly around here lately, but this one might take a little longer because it's ugly as sin. Oh, hang on... let's scroll through those pics one more time, shall we?
Model: Fender '57 Precision Bass (PB57-70US)
Made: Japan, Dyna plant, 1997-00 (serial O001251)
Finish: two tone sunburst, 1-ply gold anodized guard
Neck: maple with maple board, 34" scale, 7.25" radius, 45mm nut, chunky D shape
Mods: pickguard replaced
Pickup: Fender USA PB-Vintage split single coil
Case: basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some dimples on the end and top edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, just some rub wear along the skunk stripe. The back has widespread surface scratches and scuffs around the body, most notably some buckle rash around the neck plate, belly carve and top horn, as well as scuffs along the back and bottom edge and some dimples on the bottom horn. The sides have dimples on the top horn and elbow area, plus some dimples and dents near the jack and some dents on the bottom horn. The front has some rub wear in the elbow area, scuffs around the knobs and some play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: very 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. 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.