Beautiful Fender CS Masterbuilt

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rolling Thunder, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. - John -

    - John - Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Super nice bass.

    Mini rant here. I am so sick of Tundra Music's description and pricing on that thing. It is not master built and original retail was around $5,500.
  2. timsmcm


    May 23, 2011
    Never been much on the bass boat look.
  3. willsellout

    willsellout I apologize in advance. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Yeah that's a custom shop, not a master built, right? BIG difference.
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  4. - John -

    - John - Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA

    Correct. Fender's Custom Shop has two levels - Teambuilt and Masterbuilt. Teambuilt are more of an assembly line process. One person is responsible for sanding, one frets, one hardware, one electronics, etc. Masterbuilt is when one person builds the entire bass start to finish. Last I checked, the Masterbuilt fee alone was $2,000. That is on top of the base model price plus options.

    The easiest way to tell the difference is by looking at the back of the headstock. A teambuilt bass has the standard Custom Shop Logo. A masterbuilt will have the signature of the builder. This may not be true for some of the "authentic" replicas but the sig should be somewhere on the bass.

    Paul Waller Masterbuilt bass:


    Custom Shop Adam Clayton Bass:

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  5. garciawork


    Mar 7, 2015
    Meridian, ID
    Not a fan of gold, personally. I can appreciate how good it must look to someone who likes gold though!
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  6. cavemanbass


    Nov 5, 2010
    How does the perpetrator of some of the most simplistic, unimaginative, and forgettable bass parts ever, manage to have a bass named after him? Are there people out there who see him as a role model?
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  7. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    He's got at least 4 signature basses that I know about. I'm not a fan but he's famous I guess.
  8. Hi,
    I have that bass and it has nothing to do with Adam Clayton. I prefer a Jazz bass for the body shape and neck in my hands, but I prefer the sound of a P except, I'm not comfortable with the width of the P neck. That one has a J neck plus, the pickups are amazing. And I agree with BIGEJ2, Tundra is playing with the words to attract more money.
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  9. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1 Inactive

    Jun 20, 2013
    IMO it would take someone with more money than common since to give that much for that bass.
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    It boggles the mind to think that you can buy TWO Wal or Fodera basses for the price one one basic old plain Fender P.
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  11. The street price was 4200$ when I bought it in 2012.
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  12. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I see him as a role model. Of course Im familiar with the entire U2 catalog and I suspect you may not be. I assuming you are talking about their more popular songs containing simplistic and unimaginative lines. I would call them lines that serve the song. I don't really care for this bass model though.
  13. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    I'm not sure what you think I meant because your statement doesn't seem to relate to my post in any way.
  14. Yawn
  15. Because two of his band-mates are on Fender's Board of Directors...
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