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Fender Musicmaster

1972 Fender guitar and bass catalog, page 14

The Musicmaster guitar was the very cheapest Fender solid body electric; single pickup, and available with either a standard or 3/4 scale neck. The image used on this page is the same one used in the 1970 guitar and bass catalog.

Available in Red, White and Blue finishes, all priced at $162.50 (US price, 2/72).

1972 Fender guitar and bass catalog page 14: Fender Musicmaster guitar
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1961 Vintage Fender Musicmaster Guitar Pre-CBS

1961 Vintage Fender Musicmaster Guitar Pre-CBS

Sandpoint, Idaho, 838**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1961 Fender Musicmaster guitar. Former owner bought this in the 90??s as an original finish guitar, but it is actually a 30+ year old refinish in Dakota Red. Appears to have originally been Olympic White. Finish checking on both sides does not photograph well. Neck appears to have been over-sprayed with clear at the same time. Volume pot and jack have been replaced, but originals are included in case. Frets have been dressed and crowned and are in great shape with plenty of life left. Some ... more
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1964 Fender Musicmaster a cool Desert Sand w / a Rosewood clay dot neck Killer !

1964 Fender Musicmaster a cool Desert Sand w / a Rosewood clay dot neck Killer !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is one of the coolest small guitars that??s an original Musicmaster from May 1954. Its original yellowed Desert Sand finish is in cool patinated shape over a lightweight alder body. Its veneer Rosewood Neck is super comfy w / clay dots & is dated February 1964. Its original single layer pickgard is a bit worn as she??s been played most of her life. Its original pickup was replaced w / a screaming vintage DiMarzio DP-1 from 1982 & she??s got original pots dated to the 20th week of ... more
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Vintage 1978 Fender Musicmaster Guitar - Located In Baton Rouge

Vintage 1978 Fender Musicmaster Guitar - Located In Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 708**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage 1978 Fender Musicmaster guitar is a true gem for any collector or musician. With its iconic brand, this guitar is a rare find. It has mojo!

Perfect for those looking for a unique addition to their collection, this Fender Musicmaster boasts a classic design and sound that will impress any music lover. Whether you're playing on stage or in your living room, this guitar is sure to turn heads and make a statement. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to own ... more
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Fender Musicmaster 1957 - Desert Sand

Fender Musicmaster 1957 - Desert Sand

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1957 Fender Musicmaster
A beautiful example of a naturally worn 50's Fender in a classy finish, Desert Sand. This early version of the student model guitar from Fender has the anodized pickguard to match the class of the finish. The guard has a pleasing amount of wear, with the gold worn off in many spots but especially in the picking area. The lone pickup shows a nice amount of wear and some discoloration around the edges. There are a fair amount of small dents and dings around the body, but... more
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1956 Fender Musicmaster With Original Tweed Case 1st Edition Rare Low Numbered

1956 Fender Musicmaster With Original Tweed Case 1st Edition Rare Low Numbered

Roswell, New Mexico, 882**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This 1956 Fender Musicmaster guitar is a rare find for collectors and enthusiasts alike. It comes with its original tweed case and is part of the 1st edition with a low serial number. The guitar has been well cared for and is in excellent working condition, producing a clear and bright sound. Its body type is solid and it has 6 strings, making it perfect for any musician. The guitar was made in the United States and is a true classic for any vintage instrument lover
... more
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1964 Fender Musicmaster Cherry Red | Rare MAHOGANY BODY Pre-CBS duo sonic

1964 Fender Musicmaster Cherry Red | Rare MAHOGANY BODY Pre-CBS duo sonic

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Fender Musicmaster Cherry Red Rare Mahogany Body Pre-CBS!
Really nice and honest vintage Fender Musicmaster in rare Cherry Red with Mahogany body. Fender did a run of guitars with mahogany bodies and cherry finish kind of like Gibson! This was for a short period in 1963-64. Not many were made. This guitar is playing well and sounds excellent. A-neck like most musicmasters of this time period. Really a cool piece of Fender history and yet a very useful guitar at ... more
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Fender Musicmaster 1978 Black Short Scale Vintage Electric Guitar FREE SHIPPING

Fender Musicmaster 1978 Black Short Scale Vintage Electric Guitar FREE SHIPPING

Charlotte, North Carolina, 282**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Dave's Guitars Charlotte is proud to offer another vintage Fender offset??this time, a shortscale Musicmaster with tons of mojo in classic Black??and for those looking for vintage Fender tone and playability, look no further!
These retro, funky hipster guitars have been attracting a lot of attention recently and are still very affordable to players of all budgets. Original case and electronics??what more could you want?
This Musicmaster reeks playability. Smooth, fast neck and fretboard ... more
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Vintage Fender Musicmaster 1974 Electric Guitar With Case As is condition I Read

Vintage Fender Musicmaster 1974 Electric Guitar With Case As is condition I Read

Chuckey, Tennessee, 376**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The guitar is in good overall condition with some scuffs on the paint and glue residue The hard wear on the bridge has been replaced and changed with a wooden bridge but there is some of the original hard wear but its missing one of the barrelsThere is glue residue from the small wool blanket that was glued onto the back of the guitar for use
This guitar looks to of been been refinished from originally daphne blue blackThe case has scuffs and scratches a lot of use so ask me to send pictures ... more
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1978 Fender Musicmaster Cherry Red w / HSC

1978 Fender Musicmaster Cherry Red w / HSC

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1978 Fender Musicmaster In Cherry Red Finish
This Guitar Is Located At IVG Sherman Oaks
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Finish Shows Some Cosmetic Playwear Including Various Dings, Marks And Scratches As Shown
All Original Example
Made In USA
Alder Body
Maple Neck With Rosewood Fingerboard And Dot Inlays
Original Frets In Good Condition With Life Left
1 5 / 8" Nut Width
Weighs 8lbs 12oz
With Non-Original Hard Shell Case
... more
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All original 1965 Fender Musicmaster II

All original 1965 Fender Musicmaster II

Livermore, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Fender Musicmaster II in Olympic White which has become a buttery color as the clear top coat has yellowed, this guitar has the all??important Pre-CBS ?L?? serial number, sought after by collectors. In full working order. The original nitrocellulose lacquer on the body has some old crazing, In addition, the Tuner knobs and white pickup cover have an aged yellow color. It is incredibly light at just 5lbs and is very resonant thanks to the old wood and the low string tension as a result of... more
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Fender Musicmaster 1978 Black W / OHSC (Used)

Fender Musicmaster 1978 Black W / OHSC (Used)

Sedalia, Missouri, 653**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Has light wear and scratches from being played. Overall in great condition. Has dings and paint chips on body edges and back (as seen in photos). Has some belt buckle rash on back of body (as seen in photos). Has some dotted finish wear on back of body caused by storing the guitar on top of a coiled instrument cable for a long period of time. Nitro Finish reacts with the plastic shileding and caused the finish to start to strip away. (as seen in photos). Has some scrapes and dings on back of ... more
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Vintage 1964 Fender Duo Sonic  /  Musicmaster Guitar Body - Natural Refinish

Vintage 1964 Fender Duo Sonic / Musicmaster Guitar Body - Natural Refinish

Mobile, Alabama, 366**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1964 Fender Duo Sonic Guitar Body. I believe the MusicMaster uses the same body. This body uses the small, early style bridge. Neck pocket is slightly wider than expected at approximately 2-1 / 4" (2 267" measured with calipers). The pickup area was modified for either humbuckers or 3 pickups. Body was stripped of all finish and now has a poorly applied clear finish. There are lots of fine sanding marks on top and sides as well as a good bit of finish dulling on the back that may ... more
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Vintage Custom Fender Musicmaster II 6-String Electric Guitar With Case

Vintage Custom Fender Musicmaster II 6-String Electric Guitar With Case

Phoenix, Arizona, 850**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This guitar is VINTAGE and has been used and abused
The guitar appears to have been originally black and was repainted white (not the best job)
There was a cutout made to the body (see pics)
The tuners are not original and one is missing a screw
The knobs and electronics appear to be upgraded / aftermarket
This guitar is not in original condition
We are not professional guitar inspectors or players so all I can tell you is that the guitar makes sounds when plugged in and ... more
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Fender Musicmaster 1977 Electric Guitar Black 70s Dimarzio Bridge Humbucker

Fender Musicmaster 1977 Electric Guitar Black 70s Dimarzio Bridge Humbucker



Fender Musicmaster 1977 Electric Guitar Black 70s Dimarzio Bridge Humbucker pick upThis is truly a fantastic guitar! Plays a dream! Sounds Brilliant!USA made!It has been modded (in the 70s) with a Humbucker in the bridge. The pick is a lot louder than the single coil and sounds great as a lead option Comes with a padded gigbag... more
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* tan tolex, has a LOT of wear & stains
* leather ends are ripped
* red interior, bottom damper is missing=check pic 2
* middle latch is missing the hinge=check pic 3
Over 1000 more
TAKE A LOOK !... more
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Fender Musicmaster II 1965 - White

Fender Musicmaster II 1965 - White

Sheffield , S9***, UNITED KINGDOM


This Fender Musicmaster II was made in the USA in 1965. The finish is original but there are some changed parts. The pickup is an older Duncan, and the pots, tuners, and saddles are newer as well. The other parts are original. The guitar has had a recent pro-setup and plays great. It weighs 7 pounds 2 ounces and comes with a non original case.... more
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Fender Musicmaster Olympic White de 1978

Fender Musicmaster Olympic White de 1978

Besançon, 25***, FRANCE


ous nos instruments sont révisés et garantis
Découvrez nos autres guitares en vente en cliquant sur :Guitares Vintages L'esprit du vieux son !
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Sonorités et particularités:
Voici une Musicmaster de 1978 qui a été bichonnée, son état est superbe Le manche est dans un état exceptionnel, comme neuf Elle est entièrement d'origine Touche palissandre magnifique La musicmaster a été fabriquée aux USA dès 1956 Excellente ... more
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Fender Musicmaster 1977

Fender Musicmaster 1977



Fender Musicmaster vintage 1977
It's a bit of a special one to me
This is the second time around I've owned it and after having sold it first time around, it's been touring in the meantime and had a stint with Supergrass at Glastonbury. I've looked high and low for the footage that someone sent me but I can't find it so it's just my word I'm afraid
Fantastic player which has been well used over the years as most great vintage guitars are. The essential parts are original, beautiful ... more
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Fender Musicmaster 1957 Refinished Duosonic conversion

Fender Musicmaster 1957 Refinished Duosonic conversion



This is a completely gorgeous vintage Fender from their golden era. It was made in 1957 as a Musicmaster, which was their entry-level guitar, but made to the same standards as the other guitars off the line. Back then they gave guitars lovely thick V-profile necks, and this one has some amazing flame on it's chunky neck.
Musicmasters have a short 22 5" scale and a smaller body, so they are ideal for smaller people. It's feather-light at just 6lbs 13oz
It originally had just one pickup, ... more
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1978 Fender USA Musicmaster guitar Olympic White

1978 Fender USA Musicmaster guitar Olympic White

Worcester Park, KT4***, UNITED KINGDOM


1978 Fender Musicmaster 6 string electric guitar Olympic white in excellent condition, recently serviced and set up with rotosound 10s, comes with fender padded gig bag
... more
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1967 Vox Stroller

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1959 Hofner Committee

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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom 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 PresidentThe 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.