Fender Japan '75 Jazz Bass, MIJ 1993/4, natural finish. These '75 style J models with the block inlays and bound board turn a lot of heads, and it's easy to understand why: this is a gorgeous bass. The natural finish has yellowed naturally and really lets the grain of the ash show through; there's some contrasting and mesmerising patterns on show. The ash adds some growl and presence, combined with the golden-syrup hued maple board you get a huge amount of attack, punch, definition and grit. Some ash-body J's weigh a tonne; this one is remarkably light and instantly comfortable. It's very loud unplugged; you can feel the notes pulsing around the body while you play it. The famous Fujigen-era craftsmanship and wood selection is clearly evident here; this absolutely has the 'magic'. If you're after a classy, easy-playing bass that'll deliver night after night, this is surely a perfect companion.
Model: Fender Jazz Bass, '75 Reissue (JB75-90US)
Made: Japan, 1993/4, Fujigen plant (serial Q024733)
Finish: natural gloss, 3-ply white guard
Body: light weight ash
Neck: maple with maple board, mother-of-pearl block inlays
Weight: 3.9kg approx
Pickup: Fender Vintage JB singles
Case: very basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's some very minor dents on the body: above the bridge pickup, on the top horn, on the back near the neck plate and near the body carve. There's some light buckle-rash on the back and some play-wear on the guard on the front, as well as some minor clouding on the chrome. Looking very tidy. 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 life left. Set up with fresh 45/105s.