Here we have a fabulous piece from Fender Japan, a 1985-86 Performer bass in Olympic Pearl finish with a tortoise pick-guard. First introduced in 1985, these instruments were designed by Fender veteran John Page to be an “elite version of the Fender Jazz Bass”. The wild design is rumoured to have derived from leftover wood from Strat cutouts, but Page himself said the design was derived from the “back of the Strat”. While this bass was ignored during its debut, its high quality and playability is finally being recognized, making this piece a well desired instrument. The pick-ups are single coils and give a great treble sound, giving the bass a great pop. The neck profile is very thin, and at two octaves it would likely benefit from lighter gauge strings. This thin profile was used to accommodate a growing trend of guitarists-turned-bassists and lends itself to a more lead style of bass playing. This piece has some wear on it, particularly on the sides and bottom, where it has a sizable paint chip. The sides of the neck pocket also have some stress cracks, but these are only in the finish and do not threaten the stability of the instrument. The back of the neck also has lots of scuffing, but there are no snags that impede playing. From the front, this bass looks awesome with only some scratching on the bridge cover. Ships in its original plastic hard case.
Weight: 8 lbs. 10 oz.
Nut Width: 1 ½”
7/10 (very good condition) 1985-86 Made in Japan
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