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My Little 1973 Fender Musicmaster..... It's a Slap Machine!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Baird6869, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    I picked up this bass recently on eBay for pretty cheap with the intention of flipping it. The seller had almost no feedback and the pics and descriptions were terrible.

    It showed up and it wasn't much to look at or play. A bunch of EBMM Wonder Wipes later, new strings, truss rod adjustments and a quick setup later..... it sounded like crap. The volume pot was also toast. Off I go to get a new 250k pot, install it and WOW!

    For a cheapie bass that only has a single pickup (from a Telecaster guitar!), it now rocks. I might have to keep the damn thing. it had a Precision sound but also nails a kinda Jazz tone for slap (missing the high end).

    I definately don't NEED it, but it might be fun to gig with a few times for fun.

    Anyone have experience with one of these?

  2. Earwigger

    Earwigger I'm a Roland man now.

    Aug 23, 2005
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Yes. My guitarist's dad has one of these from '73. I have played it a couple times. The thing is a major mud factory, but the neck is straigh as an arrow. I was also amazed at how such a small bass could weigh so much. Needless to say I don't use it regularly :)
  3. bickele


    Dec 29, 2003
    Bergen, Norway
    I borrowed one from a friend for a couple of weeks and loved the feel and sound (although on the muddy side...) but it had serious intonation issues!

  4. ShirazBop


    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    A Dakota Red MusicMaster was my starter bass back in 1974... Moved to the real deal P bass in '76. Would love to pick one up to have available for my daughters...
  5. I got one of them new back in '74, looked just like that one. It was fine, I was just starting to play at the time. I wish I still had it. I stopped playing for quite a while and it sat upstairs for years. One day I come home from work and the wife said she sold it along with an old Ampeg with an 18" cabinet at a yard sale. I wasn't very upset at the time but now I see they are going from $600 and up. Now that pisses me off.
  6. billbass1


    Jan 31, 2007
    I have had two 1973 Musicmasters.
    I sold one of them and replaced the stock " Stratocaster " PUP
    with a Dark Star PUP, on the one I kept.
    I think you will find, in a band enviorment, that stock PUP
    is not going to cut thru very well.
    I love my Dark Star Musicmaster ,and I
    often get positive feedback from
    other musicians on how great it sounds.
    It really is a joy to play also.
    The neck in extremely fast, and the intonation
    on mine is near perfect.
    Good luck with yours.
    And by the way, the earlier Musicmasters, like ours,
    are in my opinon, much nicer then the later ones.
  7. Juniorkimbrough


    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Here is my '71 Musicmaster! It's been modded with an EMG J pickup and I just bought a Custom Shop J pickup here off TB to replace the EMG. I love it! Fast neck, super light and a blast to play!


    and here's a picture of me and my neice playing it....

  8. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  9. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I had one of these (early 70's) as my first bass way back when. It would be cool to still have it, just for sentimental value, but that's about the only reason. The tone was just too muddy for my liking.
  10. Sufenta

    Sufenta Trudging The Happy Road of Destiny

    Mar 14, 2002
    The Signpost Up Ahead.
    That looks exactly like my first bass many, many, many years ago.
  11. sedan_dad


    Feb 5, 2006
  12. skaismyhero


    May 21, 2006
    Dayton Ohio
    I have a 73 butterscotch blonde. Its a cool little bass but doesnt cut through the mix very well. I'm going to make it a piccolo this week
  13. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    It truly sounds great, not that muddy, but I was worried that it won't cut in the mix. I am going to bring it to a full volume rehearsal tomorrow and see how it goes.

    I will likely eBay it. Looks like they are going in the $600-700 range with a case. That will help me pay for a EBMM Sterling.
  14. skaismyhero


    May 21, 2006
    Dayton Ohio
    Really? wow they have gone up. I got mine a few years ago for 400 :hyper:
  15. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Many people try to sell them for $1000-1200 thinking they are worth what a Mustang is but even in ok shape they will sell for no less than $500.
  16. skaismyhero


    May 21, 2006
    Dayton Ohio
    Thought I'd post some pics of mine :eek:

  17. falcor


    Mar 27, 2008
    How much did you snag it for on ebay? just curious. I'm looking to fix one up as well.

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