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1979 Ernie Ball Music Man Sabre Bass Vintage Bass Guitar w/ Active Preamp, Case


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Up for sale, a 1979 Ernie Ball Music Man Sabre bass in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. First introduced in late 1978 as a more versatile bass option than Music Man's mainstay, the single pickup StingRay, the Sabre boasts dual humbucking pickups and myriad switching options. An extremely soulful and lively example, this bass has been stripped of its original body finish, with just a thin satin sealer coat on the body.

With an ash body and one-piece maple neck, the bass delivers plenty of midrange authority, tonal breadth and glassy treble definition and attack. The Sabre's two humbuckers are wired to a versatile active EQ with dedicated Bass and Treble knobs, a mini three-way pickup selector, Bright switch, and Phase Reversal switch. The tonal options are truly vast, and there's plenty of punch, roundness, and sweet growl available on the Sabre, with smooth, broad thump when needed, and a gutsy grind that can easily be dialed in with the active EQ. The bass weighs 9lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at MIke & Mike's Guitar Bar with roundwound 50-105 strings, easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register and a gentle increase in overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .765" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The original medium jumbo frets are intact with good meat, showing no wear and ostensibly leveled and crowned in the instrument's lifetime. The scale length is a full 34", and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains the original Music Man-branded clover button tuners along with a Hipshot Drop D Bass Xtender. The neck heel and pocket have date stamps from September of 1979.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the original CTS pots have visible date codes from the 19th week of '79. A new chip has been socketed in the preamp, and the bridge pickup has just been professionally rewound to original spec, with the stock windings intact on the neck pickup. The original bridge is intact; a heavy duty top-loader design embossed with the Music Man name and serial number. The chrome has bright plating, and all of the original knurled knobs are intact. The pickguard is a brand new custom-made substitution.

The body shows buckle wear through the thin sealer coat central to the lower bout on the back, with wear extending to the edge of the belly contour and some additional small dings and scuffs on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish is retained on the neck profile carve, with palm wear on the bass-side shoulder down to the bare maple from frets 2-6, and light finger wear through the gloss between frets 1-7.

A Peavey-branded hardshell case is included.