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1974 Fender Musicmaster Bass Vintage Short Scale Bass Dakota Red w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1974 Fender Musicmaster Bass, honestly played and in perfect working order with the original gray bobbin single coil pickup and Dakota Red finish. This vintage short scale Fender bass offers plenty of low-midrange thump and a present, taut bass register. The bass is strung with fresh 45-100 roundwound strings that have a slinky feel and strong fundamental punch. Weighing 7lbs 14oz, we've had this Musicmaster professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and solid intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a particularly round, chunky C profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay, refretted with vintage spec 6230 slender fretwire which shows just a hint of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. The bass plays cleanly up the 30" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and on the headstock, the original tuning machines are intact and function as intended. The neck heel retains its factory stamp, with the original paint stick visible in the neck pocket too.

The simple electronics work as they should, with the original gray fiber bobbin single coil pickup which has a 1974 date stamp on the bobbin. The wiring harness retains one original CTS pot which dates to the 43rd week of '73. Hardware includes the original bridge with clean chrome plating, and there's scuffing and wear across the F neck plate and through the serial. Plastics include the original pickup cover, knobs, and three-ply pickguard which has a chipped yet stable corner with an added washer just beyond the input jack. The guard is fitted with a modern finger rest.

The bass is honestly played with plenty of dings, scuffs, and signs of use, particularly concentrated on the back and body perimeter. There is tight horizontal finish checking across the Dakota Red gloss finish, with pick scuffing on the treble side of the body extending beyond the edge of the pickguard. The back of the bass has finish wear through the gloss on the lower bout, with a more textured matte finish in this area, presumably from reacting with a case lining in the instrument’s past. The smooth ambered gloss finish on the profile shows a few small, shallow marks.

A brown tolex hardshell case is included with some graffiti on the lid.