Originally Posted by leothebit
Yes, I heard that too... I hope someone could give us some light! It'd be a beautiful bass if it didn't shine so much.
Please, don't mess with a Japanese Fender bass or its finish. They're amazing insturments, and, if taken care of, hold their resale value.
It's too bad Axsak is defunct. Axsaks looked horribly cheezy, but you could slip the Axsak on, and it would hide the shiny part of the bass from you. Axsaks made playing a contoured Fender instrument very non-slip and comfortable.
I hated looking at my Strat with its Axsak on, but I sure loved playing it that way!
Maybe, in the alternative, give the Japanese bass a good, loving home, and use the sales proceeds to buy a MIM Road Worn. They are extremely playable, and can still be found in stock at quite a few retailers.
Part of the ethos of Fender Japan is a very shiny finish. They are quite a visually-conscious, perfectionist bunch.