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1979 Music Man Sabre I Vintage Electric Guitar Black, 100% Original w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1979 Music Man Sabre I in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. As the next landmark company founded by Leo Fender and George Fullerton after the sale of Fender Musical Instruments, Music Man offered an opportunity for this dynamic duo to further refine and build upon the innovation created at Fender. Two versions of the Sabre were manufactured by CLF (Clarence Leo Fender) Research for Music Man from 1978 to 1980. Aside from their necks, the Sabre I and Sabre II are identical, with the Sabre I having a 12” fretboard radius and larger frets, and the Sabre II sporting a 7.5” fretboard radius and more slender, vintage-style fretwire.

This Sabre I features a preamp that preserves the tonal response of the instrument at varying volume or cable lengths, and the preamp module features an active EQ circuit. The two pickups have a double-coil humbucking design, similar to the Music Man StingRay bass, and offer a huge, robust sound. The poplar body and maple neck pairs the glassy clarity and note attack of maple with the neutral, balanced sound of the body wood, complimenting the meaty pickups. The guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation and low action.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with particularly round shoulders in every register and faint palm wear though the gloss on the profile edges, measuring .790” deep at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The original medium jumbo frets have fairly low crowns and currently show no wear, ostensibly leveled and crowned in the instrument’s lifetime. The guitar plays effortlessly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16“ in width, and on the headstock face, the original Music Man logo is present, along with a set of closed back Music Man-embossed tuners which turn smoothly. The neck heel retains its date stamp from January of '79.

All of the stock electronics work as they should, with two Tone controls, a Master Volume knob, as well as a Bright switch, Phase Reversal switch, and a three-way pickup selector governing the pair of stock humbuckers. The solder joints are untouched, with CTS pots that date to the 37th week of '77. All of the original hardware is present with bright chrome plating including  the six-saddle bridge with individually height adjustable barrel saddles, control plate, domed knurled knobs, and three-bolt neck plate with micro-tilt adjustment.

The Black gloss finish exhibits prominent horizontal lacquer checking, broader on top and tighter on the back, with one rectangular spot where a sticker was removed and reacted lightly with the clear coat between the bridge and control plate. There are some small dings clustered on the edge of the belly contour on the back, one touched-up ding near the input jack on top, and one small finish chip by the battery cover on the back body edge. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.