All the hardware is chromed; tuners are vintage reverse, together
with a vintage spiral bridge. Also included in true ’62 style
is a round string retainer and a strap button on the back
of the headstock. The 4-bolt neck plate has no logo.
Pickups & Electronics
pickups are Vintage American Jazz Bass (these are the same
as in the American Vintage Series), the bass is passive and
on the usual chrome Jazz Bass control plate are 2 plastic
volume controls and one smaller tone control. The volume knobs
independently control each pickups volume and can be used
to combine both for tonal variation.
This bass comes with an unpadded Fender gig bag. I actually
ordered the additional rectangular hardcase, which is similar
in style to G&G cases that come with US instruments. This
case is certainly very good quality has a large inside compartment
for accessories and also has moulded side protection for the
To my surprise a red tortoise pick guard was included in
the case should I choose to install it. Also provided is a
guitar cord, and documents such as the generic Fender Japan
Manual, Warranty etc…unfortunately it’s all in Japanese!
This Fender bass sounds rich and has a very good low-end
tone. Having an alder body and thick rosewood fingerboard
it sounds deep even with brand new strings. It certainly sounds
a lot mellower than my Marcus Miller bass that has an ash
body and a maple neck, which is a based on a 77 reissue.
The classic slide sounds usually associated with a fretless
bass are easily attainable although, first one must get used
to fretting very accurately on the fret line itself to achieve
Since purchasing this bass I’ve been listening to a lot
of Jaco Pastorius, Paul Simon’s “Graceland” and other music
with fretless bass lines and been able to approximate the
tone and feel with no problems.
An excellent value for money instrument which, offers many
features and superb build quality. This is my second Fender
Japan instrument and there is no doubt I will return for more
from the land of the rising sun.
By Ernest H Slade