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Beat to crap, but original 1978 fender musicmaster

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by A-Step-Towards, Jan 14, 2013.


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  1. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    I have 2 musicmasters, both identical in specs, but not in wear. This is the ugly sister,its been used and quite heeavily abused , yet its all intact ready to keep going. A true testament of the ability of these little but tough fenders.

    The abuse is as follows, there is a chunk of pickguard missing at the tip by the jack, pretty common. The body has huge chips, dings and wear. I mean it has some huge chunks of paint missing that have exposed and dinged the wood underneath. The original knobs are gone, I will try to find a set of something to throw on before shipping. One pots shaft is bent, the tone pot but all the electronics are original and function fine. The neck has tons of dents and gashes on it , a small chunk of wood missing onthe edge by the 10th fret, I honestly was going to just sand the whole neck down, except the headstock face and tru oil it and fill any dings with wood filler and sand flush. The frets have a ton of life. 1 tuner is bent slightly. It has flats on it. I honestly feel sorry for this old bass, it needs someone thats going to put some time into it, despite how beat up it is its not some unuseable mess like this musicmasterand as you can see really rough ones are worth a decent amount as the value on these continues to climb,http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-197...=&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

    I mean its not pretty, not at all but its all original. If you want a prettier one I have one for more thats currently posted.

    This one is for the player or project minded person. Last year I saw a refinished musicmaster here, it heavily modded to the point that it didnt even have the correct tuners, it went for $325, so I think my asking price is pretty fair, its rare to find one for under $500 nowadays. I could be talked into parting it out if you were interested


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  2. jamesyeh

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    Does it even work? Any problem to the sound?
  3. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    Yep it works just fine it just spent way to much time in alocal punk band called radion and picked up alot of scars, there is no electronic issues, frets are in good shape and all that.
  4. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    TTT as I stated i too photos of it totally apart so the damage was easier to see and photograph, as you can see its very beat up. Its totally playable though. The last picture shows a chunk of wood gone on the neck, its shallow but its a dime in size piece of wood gone. I would sand the back on the entire neck and fill the dings with wood filler and then tru oil it. I would also fill the fretboard marks.

    I would be on the fence about refinising the body , but probably would just repaint it.
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  6. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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  7. bassbully

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

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    Wow that's really sad that that MM was so abused. They are great basses and I own a 74'. It would be a great project bass but not one I would want. Good luck.
  8. Lublin

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    My god.....that poor bass.....
  9. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    Yep I feel for her, part of the reason I bought the thing. You should have seen all the equipment this "band" had, all of it trashed. They had guitars nailed to the walls, it was a horror show. This was considered average shape for there equipment. Now its been sitting in my guest room 3 months.

    At this point with how trashed the finish is, do you guys think refinishing it would hurt the value? with most fenders it would, but honestly I think at this stage it would increase the value or at least not hurt it. I have some good ideas of what I would like to do.
  10. TWISTEDSTRINGS

    TWISTEDSTRINGS Supporting Member

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    Dude, that looks almost as bad as when my 130lbs American Bulldog chewed my Sadowski. I was soooo mad that I just started laughing. GLWTS
  11. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    Wow Id be pissed, thats a spendy loss!
  12. Figjam

    Figjam Supporting Member

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    Ill be lingering around this thread in case the price drops! I dig it, just no budget for it right now.
  13. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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  14. dlenaghan

    dlenaghan Supporting Member

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    There's a kind of inimitable beauty to basses like these. I had a pristine '78 for a while and I much prefer the look of this one. Free bump! And the price! You're buying the sound of the Jackson 5 with this bass!
  15. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    Thanks!

    Lowered the price to $400 shipped, the lowest I have seen one go for recently is posted above and that one was way more gone then this. This is a project bass, it will need work but mainly just time.
  16. dcurran

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  17. tomshepp

    tomshepp Supporting Member

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    Don't change anything! If the bass plays and the pup works, play it! MHO Bump. Cool bass!
  18. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    It plays for sure, its up to the new owner to give it TLC or not.
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    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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  21. Vakmere

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    Frets are in good shape and all that? Bet it plays like batter...er...butter to. Sid Vicious special.

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