Fender Japan '62 Precision Bass PB62-53 US Blonde 2004
Fender '62 Precision, US Blonde, made in Japan 2004-5. What a looker! This finish is sometimes called the 'Mary Kay' finish; it's basically a slightly transparent creme caramel hue. It's certainly not a catalog option and pops up very seldom indeed, and paired with a tort guard and a dark rosewood board, oh boy, it really looks superb. The wide grain of the ash body is on show under the finish; it adds a whole lot of grind and presence to the midrange. There's plenty of growl and bite on offer, all rounded out by a thick and punchy low end. These '62 style necks are a friendly round, moderate profile that's instantly friendly for many players. What to say, it's a delight, right?
Model: Fender Precision Bass '62 Reissue, PB62-53
Made: Japan, Dyna plant, 2004-5 (serial R052051)
Finish: US Blonde (USB), 3-ply tort guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 24" scale, 7.25" radius
Pickup: Fender Japan PB-Vintage split single coil
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some marks on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, just a little lacquer chip near the nut on the bottom side and a dent in the side of the board on the bottom side around the third fret. The back has a couple of dimples near the neck plate and around the outside edge, no major marks. The sides have a few marks: dimples on both horns, a bunch of small dents and scuffs on the shoulder and near the jack. The front is pretty clean, just some dimples on the shoulder and some play scratches on the guard and top horn. 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. Frets look great, very minor wear only, 9/10 for life left. Set up with fresh 45/105s.