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Bassworks, bass, Fender, Precision, Jazz, luthiery

Bassworks' PPJ5 "Uchigatana" series of basses owe some of their looks to Leo Fender's chunky symmetric design from 1951.

Despite their design influences, our instruments strive to improve on what has gone before. Our chambered body being supremely light, but strong and resonant.

The PPJ5 sports a Bartolini dual in-line coil pickup (humcanceling) at the bridge and a split humbucker in the neck position. From "Jaco to Jamerson"in an instant.

Our proprietary heel joint is very special and unique to us. It enhances sonic coupling and neck-to-body alignment.

30+ years of playing and our skilled manufacture deliver the tone, playability and reliability that all bass players deserve to enjoy in the PPJ5 series.


Crafted in small batches and entirely in our own shop, every instrument is built with the same painstaking attention to detail, using stable tonewoods and world-class electronics and hardware.

5 String
35" scale length (889mm)
22 frets
Hipshot 0.750" (19.05mm) bridge
Choice of compound radii for fretboard
Chambered American Red Alder body

Birdseye Maple headstock plate
Neck profile: Custom slim "J" influenced
2 carbon fibre re-inforcement rods
1 piece Canadian Rock Maple neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood (side markers, block inlays, bound)
Bartolini PUs
John East 4 knob UNI-PRE
Neutrik locking jack
Hipshot (USA) Ultralite tuners

Graphtec TUSQ XL nut (Black)
2-way truss rod,  heel access
"Narrow/Medium" frets with "Invisible Fret Ends" (other sizes of fret-wire are available)

Hiscox custom hard case included




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