Fender Jazz Bass Fretless Mod Trans Teal 1997-00
Fender Japan '62 Reissue Jazz Bass, limited edition model from 97-00, trans teal, fretless. This is an unusual bass, but it really has a lot of appeal. It's a non-catalog model, hence the mixed bag of features: '62 neck profile and decals, maple board, pearl guard, trans finish, alder body... it's not a strict 'vintage correct' reissue. Fender offered these basses in this teal finish as well as a dark trans blue; there might be other colours floating around too. The maple board is original, but the frets have been removed. The work is exceptional, it's very tidy and feels very smooth under the fingers. It's wearing a set of flatwounds, so it's perfect for sliding around on; it's really fun to play. The tone is warm, round and balanced, but there's plenty of attack and cut available if you dig in hard with the fingers. If you're after a fretless J, this will certainly satisfy the thirst and keep you cool all summer long.
Model: Fender Jazz Bass, '62 reissue (JB62)
Made: Japan, 1997-2000 (serial O030741)
Finish: transparent teal, 3-ply white pearl guard
Body: alder (unverified)
Weight: 4kg approx
Neck: maple with maple board, dot inlays, fretless
Mods: frets removed and gaps filled, knobs replaced
Pickups: Fender Japan Vintage JB singles
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: Minor finish wear. There's a minor dent on the end of the headstock, and a couple of minor scratches on the front of the body near the bridge. There's a couple of minor dings on the back and a scratch near the rear strap pin. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good. No frets, so no fretwear to discuss. All electrics tested and working properly. Set up with flatwound strings. Smooth, just like the Santana/Thomas classic.