Fender Japan '75 Jazz Bass JB75-80 Natural 1986
Fender '75 Jazz, made in Japan 1985-7, natural finish. That is one flash piece of ash! These '75 style J basses with the block inlays and bound board always look the business. This one features some very pretty grain, and with the aftermarket tort guard, it's a real thing of beauty. The neck is an easy player too; it has that typical slim J profile but with the little extra roundness through the back typical of 70s style models. It's not super light in weight but is far from the heaviest example of this model we've had; the body is nice and resonant and has a pleasant note to it when you tap it. Plugged-in, there's a heap of growl and attack, balanced by a nice snappy top end and a tuneful low end. The neck pickup is an older Duncan Qtr Pound, so that has a nice juicy fatness to it especially. These never last long, and scoring a super early E-serial example is a rare treat, so claim a golden grained beauty for your wall and play it daily for the next three decades too!
Model: Fender Jazz Bass, '75 Reissue (JB75-80M)
Made: Japan, 1985-7, Fujigen plant (serial E903595)
Finish: natural gloss, 3-ply tort guard
Neck: maple with maple board, 34" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: neck pickup replaced, guard replaced
Pickup: Fender Vintage JB single (bridge), Seymour Duncan Basslines Qtr Pound (neck)
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end and bottom edge; no major marks. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. Back has some light scuffs and minor dimples, no major marks. The sides are pretty clear, just some minor dimples on the elbow area and near the jack. The front is also pretty clean, a couple of minor chips in the elbow area, some extra holes from a since removed cover around the bridge and some light play wear on the guard and horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have some minor play-wear, but they're in great shape; 8/10 for fret life left. Set up with fresh 45/105 strings.