Fender Japan '75 Jazz Bass, candy apple red with matching headstock, crafted in Japan 2002-4. Sometimes we score something so supremely cool that it's hard to resist getting carried away with our own cleverness... this is one of those. In it's day, this was the fanciest and priciest bass model on offer in the catalog. That means you get a high grade lightweight ash body, some USA pickups plus some tasty fretboard binding and big block inlays on a choice of either a maple or rosewood board. The combo of the ash, the bright USA pickups and the rosewood board offer somewhat of a perfect storm of Jazz-Bass-goodness: generous dollops of thump and low-end presence, a growling, aggressive midrange and an eloquent, refined treble... it's hard to stress just how good this sounds. This is a lighter weight example of this model too; many of these ash body Js can weigh a tonne. This is touch sensitive and dynamically bombastic; it'll have you feeling every note in your fingers and your gut. Candy apple is a non-catalog special order finish and the addition of a matching headstock adds another layer of majesty and scarcity to the mix; it's very seldom seen on any Fender Japan bass. It's just an opinion, but we reckon these outplay and sound better than all but the best USA made instruments. It's a J-bass, gone 'super saiyan'.
Model: Fender Jazz Bass, '75 Reissue (JB75-90US)
Made: Japan, 2002-4, (serial Q024408)
Finish: candy apple red (CAR), 3-ply tort guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 7.25" radius, 34" scale
Mods: strap pins replaced
Weight: 4.2kg approx
Pickup: Fender USA Vintage JB-Vintage single coils
Case: non-original padded gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's some mild scuffs on the end of the headstock. Neck is pretty clean. The back looks great, just a couple of minor scuffs on the bottom offset corner. The sides are also good, just a dent in the shoulder area and a pair of little marks between the strap pin and the knobs area. The front is looking very clean, just a couple of dimples around the bridge and some play scratches on the guard. Overall: very good condition (8.5/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have a little normal wear but plenty of height left and no major buzz issues; 7/10 for life left. Set up with fresh 45/105s.