Up for sale, a 1990 Ernie Ball Music Man Sabre bass in perfect working order with a gloss White finish, complete with a hardshell case. 100% original save for a professional refret and new nut, this Sabre is an extremely soulful and lively example. First introduced in 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.
With an ash body and one-piece birdseye maple neck, the bass delivers plenty of midrange authority, tonal breadth and glassy treble definition and attack. The Sabre's two humbuckers are unique from each other in their construction, with sixteen 3/16" diameter alnico magnet pole pieces on the neck pickup and eight 3/8" diameter poles on the bridge pickup. Via the active three-band EQ and five-way pickup selector switch, the tonal options are truly vast, with coil-tapped switch positions in addition to the humbucker modes. There's plenty of punch, roundness, and sweet growl available on the Sabre, with smooth, broad thump when needed, and a gutsy grind can easily be dialed in with the active EQ. The bass weighs 9lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at MIke & Mike's Guitar Bar with roundwound 45-105 strings, easy-playing action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has light birdseye figuring across the profile and headstock, with a slender C-shaped profile carve that has moderate shoulder and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 12th. Professionally refretted with medium jumbo fretwire, these modern frets have plenty of meat and crown, showing light, uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-5 and sparingly little wear further up the fretboard. 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, and the back of the headstock boasts of the instrument's USA-made provenance. The neck heel and pocket have numerous dates and factory stamps, with a body date of August, 1988, and a neck date of January, 1990.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the original CTS pots have visible date codes from the 34th week of '90. The original bridge is intact, and has a design akin to what Leo Fender would later implement on the G&L L-2000. It's a top loader design, with individual adjustable string mutes forward of the saddles (still retaining original foam). The chrome has bright plating, and all of the original knurled knobs are intact.
The gloss White nitro lacquer finish shows graceful yellowing, with tan lines on both the top and back from previously removed stickers. There is buckle rash central to the back, finish chipping on the body perimeter, and additional dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile has a smooth gloss finish, with light palm wear on the profile shoulders predominantly behind frets 1-9.
A hardshell case is included.