Fender Japan Aerodyne Jazz Bass Matte Black 2004
Fender Aerodyne Jazz, matte black, crafted in Japan 2004-5. These are a cult favourite among many players, as they're such an effective gigging bass. You get a lightweight body, slim and comfy neck with a slick satin finish and a versatile P/J pickup setup... it just makes a lot of sense in the hands. Tonally, this takes the classic P and J tones and adds a little extra bass and a little extra treble, so it's got a certain modern 'thump' and click to it that adds some punch and definition to a mix. These are pretty common in gloss black or grey, but in this matte black finish... well, you don't see many around. It's a terrific look, unnervingly sleek; halfway between a shark and the Batmobile. These matte finishes tend to show history a little more readily than a thick coat of gloss poly, so there's a few marks to remind you the story goes back a little way. No one can argue with this: this is definitely a cool bass.
Model: Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass (AJB)
Made: Japan, Dyna plant, 2004-5 (serial R045088)
Finish: matte black
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 7.25" radius, 34" scale
Pickup: Fender Japan PB-single (neck), JB-single (bridge)
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, just some minor dimples on the back and some glossing from play. The back has some widespread but very minor surface scratches and light scuffs as well as the start of some checking lines. The sides have a few minor marks: dimples on both horns, scuffs and a dent on the shoulder, light scuffs near the jack. The front has one noteworthy chip on the shoulder area up against the binding, as well as some dimples near the control plate and bridge and some play scratches on and around the guard. 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 are in tidy shape, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing 45/105 Moonshiners strings.