(SOLD) History ZPB-1R Snow White 2006
History ZPB-1R, snow white, made in Japan 2006. 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 excellent instruments. 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. These are a staff favourite around here, and even though we are a bunch of idiots, the bass is actually very good.
Model: History ZPB-1R
Made: Japan, 2006, Fujigen Gakki plant
Finish: snow white, gloss poly
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 10" radius, 34" scale, 40mm nut, slim C shape
Pickups: PBD split single-coil
Accessories: History gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has dimples on the end and scuffs on the bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples and some rub wear on the back only. The back has scuffs along the belly carve, top horn, around the neck plate, in the bottom corner and elbow area, as well as a couple of small dents in the middle of the body; no major marks. The sides have scuffs on the top horn and some dimples near the jack and on the bottom horn. The front has sticker marks on the top horn and elbow area, dimples around the bridge and knobs and some play wear on the guard and horns.
Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 45/105 Moonshiners strings.
Fret life: 9/10, minor wear only