1971 Fender Musicmaster Bass


The Fender Musicmaster Bass was introduced in 1971 to serve as a stripped down, entry level version of the Mustang bass, much like the 6 string Musicmaster guitar had been in the 1960's. This 1971 Fender Musicmaster Bass is a fantastic and unique example of the model from the first production year. With an Alder body and Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard, the Musicmaster Bass features a single coil pickup as opposed to the split coil found on the Mustang bass, along with a shorter 30" scale length. These basses are renowned for their punchy, rounded sound and are often praised for the way they cut through the mix in a recording setting.

The beautiful Red Sparkle finish is the real draw on this particular instrument. Musicmaster bass guitars were original offered in flat Red, White & Blue finishes. Fender did offer custom colour sparkle finishes, although these were outsourced to a local garage for spraying, with the finish not being applied in the Fender factory. As such, it is particularly difficult to authenticate these finishes in terms of their originality, as the same processes used on standard Fender custom colour finishes are not present. It is our opinion that this guitar was most likely refinished at some point in its life and the finish is in fact non original, however it certainly looks fantastic and lends a real unique quality to the instrument. The electronics and other hardware are original and correct, including the pearl pick guard that is only found on first year Musicmaster Bass examples. 

This bass guitar is in very good condition with only very minor cosmetic signs of play wear to the finish. This guitar has been given a full service by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.

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