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72 Fender Musicmaster bass opinions

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

  1. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    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
    Martinez, CA
    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
    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. Uncle K

    Uncle K The custodian is your enemy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    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
    Blimp City USA
    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.