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1971 Fender Musicmaster Bass Vintage Short Scale Daphne Blue


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Up for sale, a 1971 Fender Musicmaster Bass in perfect working order, finished in Daphne Blue. A first year example of the Musicmaster Bass model, this bass is 100% original save for a modern volume pot. The original gray bobbin single coil pickup delivers focused upper midrange, treble growl and present, taut low end. Featherweight at 6lbs 7oz, this bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-105 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Chunky C, measuring .890” 1st fret, 1.005” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, 7 1/4” radius
-Frets: Slender, light wear beneath E, A, and D strings on frets 1-7
-Scale Length: 30”
-Nut: 1 9/16”, bone
-Tuners: Original three-screw, no-rivet tuners
-Serialization/Stamps: Six-digit serial on “F” neck plate, “NOV 70” date stamp on neck heel (November, 1970)

Body Specs:

-Wood: Alder
-Pickups: Gray bobbin single coil
-Harness: Stackpole Tone pot dates to 51st week of 1970, replacement CTS Volume pot
-Controls: Volume, Tone
-Hardware: Chrome-plated bridge, dual barrel saddles
-Plastics: Three-ply pickguard, maroon finger rest, pointer knobs

The Daphne Blue gloss finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, exhibiting greening of the clear coat and a couple subtle tan lines from previously removed stickers (one in particular on the bass-side lower bout). There are a number of minor dings and scuffs on the body as a whole, including a concentrated area on top south of the bridge, and sparse buckle rash on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.

A faux leather gigbag is included.