Replacment For Musicmaster
First post here on the TalkBass, very glad to be here.
I'm a multi-instrumentalist who just had my house robbed, the thieves took my 1972 Fender Musicmaster which was the best bass I've ever played on. It was short scale, single pickup. I've always gotten awesome compliments on the tone and a few friends had borrowed it for sessions.
After getting the insurance money, I'm in the market for a new bass. I've found a few Musicmasters on eBay for decent money, but I'm always leery of buying used/vintage off the internet. I play mostly for sessions these days, only a few gigs here and there. Does anyone have any suggestions? Anything that might compare from the same era?
EDIT: My price range is anything less than $1,000 if possible, I'm looking for a tone workhouse not anything showy. The original Musicmaster I had cost me $700.
Elderly.com have one used, so does Gruhn in Nashville
Obviously you know that Fender no longer makes the MusicMaster. I had one myself back in the day, and after a couple of modifications, found it to be quite nice.
Since then, the short-scale market has grown and become far better than it was 30 or so years ago.
The Squiers are not bad, and very inexpensive, but you may actually want more. I have heard a lot of good things about the short-scale Mustangs (and probably closest to your MusicMaster).
But look around and try out a few. The market is much better than it used to be.
In a new short scale bass under $1000 to replace a MusicMaster, this would be my choice right here:
Note they also have a used one in red for $639... and an extra $75 off right now at MF on purchases over $399.
Btw I paid $600 plus tax for mine at Sam Ash. I had to buy the case off eBay though.
I owned a resurrected vintage Musicmaster and foolishly let it go. I finally bought a Mustang and love it. The feel and neck will be as close to the MM as possible, since the originals used same neck and body as the Mustang. I hadn't thought of the Pawn Shop Mustang model - it should be closer to the Musicmaster.
I had a '72 Musicmaster, and a Squier Vista Musicmaster, both gone now :crying: but I have a CIJ Mustang re-issuse, which is a great replacement.
My CIJ has a very similar feel except the fretboard is a bit rounder. The CIJ Mustangs have a 7.25" radius. The Pawn Shop and Squier Mustangs have a 9.5" radius, which was closer to the Mustangs and Musicmasters from the 70's.
I got used to the rounder fretboard pretty quickly, but I didn't develop a preference for either.
The CIJ also has a thick lacquer on the back of the neck that I know some bassists don't like.
Thank you so much for the great suggestions. I'm going to cruise some the pawnshops around here in case my stolen bass shows up, but I think I'll probably wind up getting one of the Pawn Shop Mustangs.
Thanks again everyone!
|All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:37 AM.|
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.12
Copyright ©2000 - 2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.