Up for sale, a 1958 Fender Musicmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This Pre-CBS short scale Fender is the little brother of the Duo Sonic, featuring one of Fender's prized anodized gold aluminum pickguards.
Featherweight at 5lbs 15oz, the Musicmaster is simple, elegant, and very fun to play. The authoritative and snappy acoustic tone translates faithfully through the original black bobbin single coil pickup, delivering a very detailed and round sound that sparkles and twangs with the best, offering the broad, textured sound of Fender's earliest black bobbin pickups. The gold anodized pickguard and maple neck both increase the top end articulation of the guitar, with the added benefit of the excellent shielding provided by the guard. Strung with 10-46 strings and dialed in for optimal action and intonation here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Musicmaster is ready for stage and studio use.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with round shoulders in every register and notable heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The fretboard edges are lightly rolled, and the fretboard has been professionally refretted with slender vintage-spec fretwire that shows only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly in all positions, the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, and the neck is straight. The scale length is 22 1/2", and the bone nut measures 1 1/2" in width. On the headstock, the original and Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines turn smoothly, and the Musicmaster decal is intact on the headstock face. The neck heel retains the original 9/58 grease pencil date.
The electronics function flawlessly with the original black bobbin pickup wired to a modern CTS Volume pot and the original Stackpole-made Tone pot which dates all the way back to the 41st week of '55 and retains its red Astron "dynamite" capacitor. The original anodized gold pickguard is stunningly clean, and the hardware includes the original and early four-bolt neck plate, stock bridge and spiral saddles, and a modern pair of knurled knobs.
The body was refinished long ago in gloss black lacquer, and the original body contours were faithfully maintained. There is a cleanly repaired crack across the body from the inside edge of the bass-side body horn to just above the rear strap button (repaired prior to the current finish being applied). Cosmetic wear on the body includes vertical lacquer checking, a small spot of faint buckle rash at the bass-side waist, and a few requisite nicks and scuffs consistent with use. The original nitro gloss is retained on the neck profile with some clear overspray, and there is wear through the original nitro on the fretboard and lightly into the maple on frets 1-6.
A vintage Fender black tolex hardshell case (circa 1970s) is included. The case features functional latches, the original handle, and a raised Fender badge on the exterior.