Fender Japan '75 Reissue Jazz Bass JB75-90US US Blonde 2004-05
Fender '75 Jazz Bass, crafted in Japan 2004-05, US Blonde. My, oh my; this is truly a fine instrument and a strong contender for the best Jazz Bass we've ever had through. The '75 Reissue model Js wear the popular bound board and block inlays, adding some muscle to the traditional sleek curves of the body, and combined with the ashtray and unusual (ironically Japan-only) US Blonde finish, this certainly looks appealing. The real magic here in the body: you can see the grain of the ash peaking out behind the blonde finish, hinting at what's on offer. The body is so resonant that if you tap if lightly with your finger, you can hear a defined pitch; a bright and cheerful little 'plonk' that is very close to an 'E' note. It's loud and snappy unplugged, but plugged in, the USA pickups couple effortlessly with the body to produce a legendary growl with all the harmonic richness, definition, attack and body you could ever want. This will leave just about any USA made bass feeling rather exposed; it's an absolute tone monster. At 5.2kg it's got some weight to it, but hey... you get that on the big jobs.
Model: Fender Jazz Bass, '75 Reissue (JB75-90US)
Made: Japan, 2004-05, (serial R098995)
Finish: US Blonde, 3-ply tort guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, block inlays, modern-C shape
Weight: 5.2kg approx
Pickup: Fender USA Vintage JB singles
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. There's a couple of minor marks on the end of the headstock. Neck is pretty clean, just the occasional dimple in the binding. Back is pretty clean, jut a couple of dimples down on the bottom edge and some widespread but very light and inconsequential buckle rash scratches. The sides are pretty clean, just few dimples in the shoulder area, near the rear strap pin and around from the jack. The front is also pretty good, just a dent up from the bridge, some dimples near the knobs and some play scratches on the guard an top horn. 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 in great order; 8/10 for life left. Set up with fresh 45/105s.