Fender Japan Pro Feel Jazz Bass JBR-800 Walnut Stain 1989
Fender 'Pro Feel' Jazz, walnut gloss, made in Japan 1989-90. This one is a banger. The late 80s was a crazy time in the land of guitars, and Fender was in the biz of 'modernising' some classic designs to suit then-current tastes, especially in Japan. The Pro Feel series were high end offerings for the local Japan market, with sleek styling and some fancy specs. This has a graphite reinforced neck with twenty two bigger frets and a flatter 9.5" radius, similar in profile to the '75 reissue Jazz also in the lineup at the time. Combined with a super lightweight body, this is a very slick and quick player that's absolutely the friend of the busy gigging player. The pickups are overwound for more output and low end, plus there's a super handy active preamp with a pickup balancer and bass and treble boost/cut knobs. The lightweight ash body and high mass bridge offer a whole heap of natural snap, definition and attack to the mix already, so adding in some extra thump via the pre-amp allows for some extremely snappy, hard hitting notes. The walnut finish shows off some glorious grain in the ash body; it's a very classy looking thing. There's a whole lot to love here and we don't manage to nab these all that often, so make friends with this spectacular creature while it's in the neighbourhood.
Model: Fender Pro Feel Jazz Bass (JBR-800)
Made: Japan, 1989 (serial I024316)
Finish: walnut stain under gloss poly
Body: light weight ash
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 22 fret, 9.5" radius
Pickups: Fender Japan Hotrod 7JF/R single coil set
Controls: volume, pickup balance, treble boost/cut, bass boost/cut (active preamp)
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some light scuffs on the end and bottom edge. The neck has minor dimples on the back, it's clean and smooth in the hands. The back has a few light scuffs and surface scratches, no major marks. The sides have no major marks, just some scuffs on the elbow area and dimples near the jack. The front has a few minor dimples near the bridge and in the elbow area and some play wear on the top horn. Overall: excellent condition (9/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. Frets are freshly polished and looking fresh, 9/10 for fret life left. All electrics tested and working properly. Set up with fresh 45/105 Moonshiners strings.