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1973 Fender Musicmaster bass

Short scale solid body electric bass

1973 Fender Musicmaster bass with Fender Bassman 100 amplifier
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass with Fender Bassman 100 amplifier
Model: 1973 Fender Musicmaster
Pickups: One single coil
Scale: 30"
Body: Alder body, polyester finish
Neck: Maple neck. Rosewood fingerboard. 19 frets. Bolt-on, four screws.
Hardware: Open gear tuning keys. 1 volume and tone control. Chrome hardware throughout.
Weight: 3.16 kg
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The Fender Musicmaster bass was a new instrument for the 1970s, being launched in the second half of the first year of the decade. The bass pictured is completely typical example of an early Musicmaster. Have a look at the 1972 Fender catalogue, which has an almost identical guitar pictured. The only real difference is the position of the thumbrest, but then, this catalogue does re-use the image from the 1970 catalogue - the first appearance of the Fender Musicmaster bass.

The Musicmaster was Fender's least expensive bass model (in 1973, it had a list price of $139.50, compared to $293.50 for the Precision), and with the shorter 30" was scale perfect for student musicians. It was an easy-playing good quality, solid, reliable bass. Although very simple, it does have some sturdy components, especially the bridge, and was certainly a more substantial instrument than many other 'entry-level' basses.

Although a good functioning bass, it could perhaps be considered a little limited tonally, having only one single-coil pickup. This was scratchplate mounted in a fairly central position, resulting in a pretty gritty midrange sound (listen to soundclips here) with just the usual tone and one volume controls to give a little variation - for the right band how much more would you need?

Fender Musicmaster bass - pickup detail
Fender Musicmaster bass - bridge detail
Fender Musicmaster bass control knobs
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass control knobs - this bass is very simple having just one volume and one tone control.
Fender Musicmaster bass neckplate
The 4-bolt neckplate has the serial number and large 'F' logo impressed into it. The serial number dates this bass to 1973
Fender Musicmaster bass rosewood fingerboard
The Musicmaster fingerboard is typically rosewood, with faux pearl dot inlays
Fender Musicmaster bass logo
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass headstock details. The Fender logo is a decal, as is usual with Fender guitars.
Fender Musicmaster open gear machine heads
The Musicmaster bass was fitted with lightweight open-gear tuning keys, held in place with three screws.
Fender Musicmaster bass headstock
The headstock layout, with four-in-a-row tuners and string guide, is typical of all Fender bass guitars.
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass - unloaded body
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass body without hardware. Note the simple routing, and original unfaded finish colour in the centre of the body.
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass neck code detail
The butt end of the neck holds the truss rod adjustment nut (the neck must be removed to make adjustments) and neck codes. These codes have certain inconsistencies at this time, but this code D700 3512 probably translates as follows: D7 = Musicmaster bass, 00 = rosewood fretboard, 35 = week 35, 1 = Monday, 2 = 1972
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass - neck pocket
The neck pocket markings are illegible in this example, but the body wood (probably alder in this case) is clearly visible.
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass potentiometers with codes
The potentiometers are accessible by removing the basses scratchplate. Codes on the reverse (1377329) show that these pots were made by CTS (137) in the 29th week of 1973.
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass - pickup underside
The underside of the Musicmaster bass pickup
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass neck heel
Individual workers and inspectors at the Fender plant left signatures on the neck heel.

Fender Musicmaster bass video clips

Subscribe to the vintageguitarandbass youtube channel for more vintage guitar and bass demos. Also, check out the other Fender Musicmaster videos (different amps, different settings) in the supporting members area.

1973 Fender Musicmaster bass DI (3m 51s)

This is a lovely playing bass. It's got that nice solid Fender feel, but with an easy playing 30.5" scale. I've got it strung with flats for that retro feel, and it sounds and plays great. This video showcases the bass played fingerstyle and with a pick, with tone on full, about half way, and turned right down. When playing through an amp I tend not to use the tone control much (i'd probably turn up the bass a little on the amp - check out my video of this bass through an Ampeg B15) but in a DI situation, a little tweaking of the tone control adds some gorgeous roundness to the overall sound. Maybe too refined for all you punk rockers out there, but I love it.

Recorded through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended!

1973 Fender Musicmaster bass / 1973 WEM Dominator Bass MK 1 - Short Version (short version, 4m 31s)

Find out more about this amp here 1973 WEM Dominator Bass Mk 1

The WEM Dominator bass is a superb sounding British tube amp from Watkins.. it's got plenty of bass, and growls beautifully when volume gets past about half way. A wide tonal palette with plenty of useable sounds. Paired here with a 1973 Fender Musicmaster; a cool 30 1/2" scale bass, at the time inexpensive, but with the usual Fender build quality and a quick easy playing feel. This one is fitted with flats, but the WEM gives plenty of treble with the controls positioned accordingly. Watch the long version of this video in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area, to hear a bit more of this bass / amp under different settings.

Recorded here with a Heil PR-40 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1973 Fender Musicmaster bass / 1973 WEM Dominator Bass MK 1 - vintage guitar demo, long version (long version, 9m 46s)

Find out more about this amp here 1973 WEM Dominator Bass Mk 1

Long version of this video with extra bass settings. This is a great bass/amp combination with a tone all of its own. Compare this video with the others on this site - ie with the bass DI'd and through an early 1960s Ampeg Portaflex B15.

Recorded here with a Heil PR-40 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1973 Fender Musicmaster bass / 1964 Ampeg B15 - vintage guitar demo (8m 57s)

Find out more about this amp here 1964 Ampeg B-15N

The Ampeg B15 is an absolute classic amplifier, famous for its clean midrange output: there's little snarl, and certainly no fuzz, but the clean tones are magnificent! Contrast the sounds of this amp with those from the WEM Dominator also featured on this site

Strung with Fender flats

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

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1972 Fender MUSICMASTER BASS Blue

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Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2190


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1st year 1972 Fender Musicmaster Bass in its original Blue finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete with the exception of a small chip in the bottom corner of the pickguard. It is also 100% complete. A non-original blue chipboard case is included and has some damaged areas. This bass looks great with nicks + dings, minor finish checking and other cosmetic wear ... more
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1979 Fender Musicmaster Bass BLACK

1979 Fender Musicmaster Bass BLACK

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1590


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1979 Fender Musicmaster Bass in its original Black finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete along with its original chipboard case. It's in great condition with some minor nicks + dings, finish checking (not really noticeable in the photos) and other cosmetic wear. Everything remains structurally sound with no cracks, breaks or repairs. All electronics work and ... more
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Used Fender 1977-1978 USA Musicmaster 4 String Electric Bass with Case

Used Fender 1977-1978 USA Musicmaster 4 String Electric Bass with Case

Hudson Falls, New York, 128**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1499

Great sounding vintage Fender 1977-1978 USA made Musicmaster 4 string electric bass. The aged white finish looks even better in person. There are a few signs of cosmetic wear from normal use over the years but no break or repairs and it plays and sounds great. The original pickups sound great and and it has a great vintage tone. Includes a road runner hard shell case (pictured)Listing and template services provided by inkFrog
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1977 fender musicmaster bass

1977 fender musicmaster bass

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Fender Musicmaster Bass 1970s Refinished Silver with OHSC and Case Candy.

Fender Musicmaster Bass 1970s Refinished Silver with OHSC and Case Candy.

Las Vegas, Nevada, 891**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1200

Here we have an early 70s Fender Musicmaster bass that has been professionally refinished in silver
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Fender musicmaster bass guitar Refinished Vintage 1970s

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Las Vegas, Nevada, 891**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Matte black / purple / green oil slick refinished Fender musicmaster bass from the early 1970's with a Seymour Duncan single coil pickup, Hipshot Kickass bridge and new strings. The only original parts on this bass are the body, neck, and tuning machines. Shows some wear here and there but it's an excellent bass all in all and sounds great
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Vintage 1972 Fender Musicmaster Bass Blueburst Refin

Vintage 1972 Fender Musicmaster Bass Blueburst Refin

Iowa City, Iowa, 522**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$899

This was originally Dakota Red, but was refinished in this Blueburst at some point, a very long time ago. The pickguard and pickup are also replacements, WD and DiMarzio respectively. Now that that??s out of the way?? this is a killer vintage bass with some cool mojo to it. The weight is just about perfect, 7lbs 7oz, and the pickup has a vintage quality to it that??s reminiscent of the original. The overall condition is good, with plenty of wear to the body and a minimal amount of fret wear. The... more
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Fender Musicmaster Bass 1978

Fender Musicmaster Bass 1978

Wien, 1***, AUSTRIA

€2200


Verkaufe Musicmaster Bass aus 1978.
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Fender Musicmaster Bass 1980 - 1981 - Wine Red

Fender Musicmaster Bass 1980 - 1981 - Wine Red

London, N13***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1685

Weight: 9 41 lbs
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Fender Musicmaster Bass, Daphne Blue, USA, 1971, Hard Case, 1ST Year Model

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1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional