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72 Fender Musicmaster bass opinions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DavidEdenAria, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
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    This bass is original except for a stripped finish and it sounds outstanding, the neck is killer, it's very light weight and resonant, so of course I want it to be the best it can be!

    I installed a set of rounds a while back but wonder how big I can go on the gauge, the tension is very easy and it sounds good but will it sound bigger with a bigger gauge set?

    What about flats on these Musicmasters, anyone favor them?

    I am probably going to refinish the bass in black (as it was originally) but what do you folks think of a cool custom Fender color instead of black, is this a mistake?

    One other thing, I have contemplated pulling the original stock single coil to try in one of my Strats........is there ANY pickup that improves over the stock Musicmaster pickup?
  2. waxcomb


    Jun 29, 2003
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    TI flats sound great on these basses. I gigged one stock with great results, but some like to put in a Strat sized humbucker to cut down on noise.

    Look at the Vista series Squires to see different colors.
  3. DutchDude


    Sep 12, 2007
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    IMO D'Addario flats sound great on a Musicmaster and are available in short scale as well.
    I uprgraded my Musicmaster with an Aero Musicmasterer pickup and it improved the bass a lot.
    Red looks killer btw
  4. agent77

    agent77 Tin Foil Hat Wearer Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
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    I owned an early 70's Musicmaster, only piece of gear I regret selling.
  5. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
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    I had an all original 74' and a Vista. I used Chrome flats on them and they worked and played well on both basses.
    The only changes I made to the 74's was add a 78' P bass wiring harness getting rid of the second cap that bleeds off the guitar pup treble. This really opened the bass up and it sounded like a mini P bass.

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