(SOLD) History ZPB-1R Snow White 2003
History ZPB-1R, snow white, made in Japan 2003. History is a house brand for major Japanese instrument chain Shimamura, who have stores all over Japan. They're made at the legendary Fujigen Gakki plant, the very same factory that made all those famous Fender Japan guitars from 1982-96 as well as producing Ibanez Prestige and other spicy dishes to this day. This is a really tasty P-style bass. It's got a beautifully made neck with a streaky rosewood board and and some attractive maple on the back, carved to a slim C and finished in thin satin that's worn to a superbly slick feel. The nut width is 40mm, so about halfway between a regular J and a regular P, which is a really intuitive size. The body is lightweight and resonant and well balanced against the neck.. it's quick and agreeable in the hands. Plugged-in, you get a slightly scooped, slightly hot take on the classic-P punch. There's heaps of scope in the tone knob, so you can get a gooey warm motown tone with the treble rolled off a little. Otherwise, max it out and add a bit of overdrive for a very convincing thick, creamy rock sound. This is a very similar spec set to Fender Japan PB70, and made at the same place, but for around $500A less cash. The headstock says 'Genius of Bass'... that's you, right?
Model: History ZPB-1R
Made: Japan, 2003, Fujigen plant (serial C030899)
Finish: snow white, 3-ply black guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 10" radius, 34" scale, 40mm nut, slim C shape
Pickup: Fujigen PBD split single-coil
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. The headstock has a couple of dimples on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean in the hands, no major marks. The back has a couple of light scuffs on the top horn and back bottom corner. The sides have a couple of minor dents on the bottom side near the jack. The front has a couple of light scuffs in the elbow area and some play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: excellent condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have minor wear only, 9/10 for life left. Set up with fresh 45/105 Moonshiners strings.