This particular bass is special in a bunch of ways. This line of basses was made only in Japan (JujiGen), who at the time was apparently making better basses than their American counterpart. They have a Jazz Bass neck, Precision Bass body (basswood like my electric guitars), and original (read: irreplaceable) rubber coated plastic knobs for dials. Come on! This 8.5 lb. guitar is a tough-sounding piece of Fender history.
Those knobs are for volume, pickup blend, bass, and treble (because it’s active, very special). It’s got Fender’s “Dragster” P/neck pickup, a “Hotrod” J/bridge pickup, and it’s the lightest electric guitar I own! It’s feels pretty quick and nimble, even though these strings are clearly old.
One “special” feature is the candy red finish. It’s full scale at 34” with a fast, flat 10” fretboard radius. Another special feature is that the neck of the Bass has a Micro-Tilt mechanism close to where the neck is bolted to the body. I could tilt the neck to a suitable angle with an allen screw.
I’m very glad to have come across such a rare find to add to my “I-swear-I-never-planned-to-collect-guitars” collection. This is definitely going to be my main bass for pretty much everything. The 5-string bass will finally get a rest. And I’ll make more proper videos for Instagram soon.
Also, I’ve given up on the #365tomakeit project. I got close to 200 days, but really the daily pressure to make something was too much for me to handle. Now that I’m on a strict no-noodle regimen, more ideas come to me when I’m not feeling rushed. In case you’re wondering, the no-noodle regimen means that I’m only allowed to work on a specific skill, write, or play along to music when I pick up a guitar, and I’m not allowed to noodle. This has become a great driving force in my creativity: just having fun!
This bass is fun, so I’ll probably write more stuff. I’m learning more about guitar so I’ll enjoy that as well. I haven’t memorized chords for Autumn Leaves yet, but I’ll get to it. Just hang in there. So until next time, see you later!