1978 Fender Musicmaster Bass

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Summary: Fender’s Musicmaster was first introduced in 1971, and in production through 1981. As with Fender’s guitar bearing the same name, the bass was a simpler version of Fender’s Mustang Bass. The Musicmaster was Fender’s budget-priced bass at the time, made from surplus parts from other Fender models. The bodies were from the Mustang production line, and 6-pole guitar pickups were used instead of the standard 4-pole pickups used in basses. All the electronics were mounted on a single piece of plastic. This was also a 30″ short-scale bass, the shortest production scale of any Fender bass. This Musicmaster is actually white and has aged beautifully to a dark yellow. It plays and sounds amazing.

Body: Solid alder, double cutaway, original finish.

Neck: A beautiful maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, 19 frets, 30” scale length, 1 9/16” nut width, white pearloid dot inlays, medium “C” profile.

Pickups/Hardware: One single coil stratocatser 6-pole pickup, Fender tuning keys, all original hardware, one volume/one tone knob, thumb rest, black/white/black 3-ply pickguard.

Cosmetics: This bass is in great shape for an instrument this age. It has wear that is consistent with the age of this bass. There are a few small chips in the finish on the bottom edge of the body. There are various dents in the body here and there. Overall, this bass is in great condition and the neck is in excellent condition.

Playability: Our in-house guitar tech has inspected, setup, and restrung this bass with a new set of flat wound strings. The neck is straight, the truss rod is fully functional, and the action has been setup low and comfortable. The frets are in great shape with no major grooves or divots from use and it plays beautifully up and down the fretboard with no dead spots or choking out.

Weight: 7 lbs., 10 oz.

Case: This bass ships in a gig bag, professionally packaged, and fully insured.