Will this Fender 50s Precision bass look like my grandfather's 1959 Fender MusicMaster?

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  1. Swearengen

    Swearengen

    Dec 23, 2017
    Hey Talkbass! New member here! :)

    When I was 12 my dad gave me my grandfather's 1959 Fender MusicMaster to learn on. That guitar changed my life. It is still my prized possession to this day.

    I transitioned to bass guitar two years later and it has been my favorite instrument ever since.

    Now that I'm nearly 27, I'm really wanting to get my dream bass: A precision bass that resembles my grandfather's MusicMaster.

    I have seen some of the 50s basses that Fender has put out. There is a Fender 50s Precision bass that is in honey blonde, a Fender '58 reissue in white blonde, and there is the Fender Mod shop where I can get a P bass in desert sand.

    Will the Fender 50s P Bass look much different than this?[​IMG]

    The music stores that are in my town don't have these in stock so I haven't been able to look at them side by side. I guess some expert opinions would be super helpful.

    Any advice or insight would be helpful

    Travis
     

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  2. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I have a 57 AVRI Precision that looks like that.
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  3. murmur70

    murmur70

    May 3, 2017
    Indiana
    Mustang?
     
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  4. Swearengen

    Swearengen

    Dec 23, 2017
    I think it's just a MusicMaster
     
  5. Swearengen

    Swearengen

    Dec 23, 2017
    That's a gorgeous bass!
     
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  6. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Thanks man! Like a fool, I almost sold it but came to my senses. I think the Mustangs would match your guitars body shape better but I love P-Basses.
     
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  7. Swearengen

    Swearengen

    Dec 23, 2017
    Probably! P-bass are my favorite though! Hahahaha!
     
  8. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    A 50's P-Bass will be great then. Mine is Mary Kay white so it's transparent white over Ash. Your Musicmaster appears to have solid white that has aged beautifully. It would be nice to find a 50's P-bass with that Aged white look.
     
  9. Swearengen

    Swearengen

    Dec 23, 2017
    Ive seen it listed as Desert Sand in some places online. That's why I'm a little apprehensive to just order something. I guess the colors don't have to be a perfect match, but it would be sweet to get close!
     
  10. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Maybe a Nash would be a good choice. I am sure he'd make one to match almost perfectly. I guess it depends on your budget. He does a Vintage White that is gorgeous. You could ask for minimal relic-ing. DSC_0162.jpg
     
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  11. Swearengen

    Swearengen

    Dec 23, 2017
    I saw that the Fender 50's precision looks pretty close and is at a good price. I don't want to be afraid to play the thing! hahaha! XD
     
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  12. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    You could always put a gold pickguard on this MusicMaster bass.
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  13. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    I own both tne '57 reissue and the.Musicmaster bass as seen above.
    The '57 is my #1 player of 9/basses.
    The white of the 57 is a better match than the faded yellowish patina my Musicmaster shares with the above example.
     
  14. The “classic 50’s “ model in honey. Comes with a gold anodized guard as well. They do have wide necks though.
     
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  15. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    That's a good match, too. Let me get pictures going, my desktop comes fully loaded, LOL
     
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  16. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    This Musicmaster bass started its life as white.

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  17. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    '57 American Vintage Reissue (aka AVRI). These are discontinued but quite easy to find in the $1200-$1500 range used as they were issued from 1982-2012.

    The top photo is one showing a lot of grain, as this model sometimes boasts.
    The second poopie is stock.
    The bottom shots are my bass.

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  18. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    50's Precision -- the Made in Mexico "honey" color.


    50s P honey 1.jpg 50s P honey 2.jpg
     
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  19. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Pub shot of my singer with Musicmaster

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  20. Swearengen

    Swearengen

    Dec 23, 2017
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