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new bass Masada Performer japanese fender lawsuit era P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by floydman, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. floydman

    floydman Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2002
    southeast CT
    My first P bass! I've been dying for a P and was excited to find this gem local on craigslist. The seller bought it new, took lessons for a short while and then stored it in its case until now. He says it is 23 years old but I though the lawsuit era MIJ basses were a bit older than that can anyone clarify that? It is in brand new condition, very few scratches and no fretwear. It has flats that are probably from when he bought the bass. They have good feel and sound good. Does anyone know what kind of body wood this may be? It seems to mild grained for ash and doesn't really look like alder either. I love the cream pickup cover. I never liked white pickup covers but this one fits right in. I can't find any information on any masada basses. The closest thing I found to this bass was an Aria Pro II with maple fretboard from this page http://www.music-trade.co.jp/aria_80020664carte.html
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  2. Musky


    Nov 5, 2005
    Can't help with the bass, but the painted in contours might suggest it's either plywood or a laminated body. You'd have to examine the cavities to check though.
  3. the art guy

    the art guy Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2008
    Confused. Can you clarify what you mean by "painted in contours"?
  4. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    he means they paint the black on a s.burst WAY over the edges to cover up the plywood layers, like my old plywood no-namer:

  5. Hey------ have 2 of these Masada P Basses and love them. Frst off I am a Fender player and have been since I started playing 50 years ago. Both my Masada's are late 70's era. Both the bodies ARE NOT PLYWOOD as dsomeone else said. I beleve them both to be Swamp Ash. One has the factory wyhite Ibanez type copy pickup that came stock and the other has a replacement very early Dimarzio.Both mine are great players and sound good as well. Play that Masada my friend,it will treat you well.
  6. idtandt


    Jan 25, 2012
    New find Masada Bass.

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  7. Yorick


    Nov 10, 2006
    We had these in the UK branded as Satellite in the late seventies, early eighties. Nice bass, great sounds from them, but they weighed a ton :)
  8. FenderRick


    Mar 30, 2011
    it aint plywood,its the same as my ibanez lawsuit,its a sandwich construction

    i found that out when i unscrewed the jack plate off my jazz bass,and checked the wiring of the pots/pups...its real wood allright!

    EDIT: your bass looks amazing,and in perfect condition...its MIJ,so treat it well,it will serve you for a lifetime
  9. idtandt


    Jan 25, 2012
    It is heavy.Very hard to find any info.Plays like butter.
  10. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Very cool!
  11. idtandt


    Jan 25, 2012
    Wanted to post this from The VintAxe Forum where I first asked about this guitar.
    The VintAxe Guitar Forum :: View topic - New find: A Masada

    Well idtandy, I certainly can't prove it, but I would say your guitar was built at one of the factories that supplied Aria Pro II guitars. It has late 1970's early 1980's build characteristics I associate with Aria Pro II.

    First, the recess around the knobs and jack is unusual at this time. However, it was used on the Aria PE series of guitars that came out in 1977.

    I can't really see the neck construction, but the 5 piece laminate neck-thru body style is also characteristic of Aria guitars in the late 70's. You can see a neck-thru version of a 5 piece here, but they also used the laminate style bodies on bolt neck guitars.
    Matsumoku - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    So, I think Masada was buying guitars from one of the factories supplying Aria with their guitars. Of course, one of these factories was Matsumoku, I'm not sure about the name of the other supplier.
  12. I bought a Masada Master Jazz on Craigslist yesterday. The owner had installed "real" Fender pickups. He said they were "about 30 years old." There is a genuine Fender ashtray over the bridge. It feels great. He hadn't told me it was strung BEAD. It feels and sounds great. Looks like a mid 70's bass that's lived a hard life. $150. I'll know more about it when I've got it strung up properly but so far I'm very happy with the purchase!
  13. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
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    Nice score! It's definitely late 70's/early 80's w/the top position finger-rest, cream pu covers, and large clovers. And it's pre Fender Performer (85-86) which was also made in Japan. Beautiful bass!
  14. Some MIA fender bursts are like this, too. Older ones, specifically.
  15. There's a natural finish pbass at my local flea market for $100. It's a little worn but the price seems right. If it's still there next week I might have to make an offer!