I had one of Fender's Japanese Ash-bodied '51 reissues several years ago, but it got away from me. This instrument gave me the chance to recapture much of the look-n-feel, with a lower pricetag.
The 4-piece Pine body is pretty, but MUCH heavier than the Japanese Ash version. Frets are vintage thin, and the ends are smoothed quite nicely. Neck is fat and round, but the fretboard radius is much flatter and more modern than the old style. Nut is full 1-5/8 width, and bridge has 2-1/2 string spacing.
It's nice to have 4 separate brass saddles in the bridge, for individual string intonation. However, a couple of the saddles buzzed against each other, due to their very close proximity. I'll just wedge some dampening material between them to stop the buzz.
As-expected, the single coil picks up 60-cycle hum, and per my memory, it sounds a little bit thinner than the Japanese reissue that I had several years back. But without having the chance to A-B test them side-by-side, I can't really say for sure...
I won't be using this bass for my LONG gigs (where comfort and light weight are paramount). But whenever I'm feeling nostalgic, and want to give a nod to Leo, I'll whip out my new Squier Classic Vibe P-Bass for sure!