Squier Katana 1988 Black

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When it comes to near-vintage 1980's instruments, some are weird...some are cool...and some are wicked cool. This rare 1980's Finder Squier Katana bass is wicked cool, and a great player too. Don't you forget about it...read on.

The Katana was created during the 1980's when Fender was trying to get a little hipper to compete with innovations from other guitar makers. It looks, quite simply, like nothing else out there. The Katana is amazingly light, weighing in at just seven pounds. And it plays as well as any MIJ Fender of the period, with a thin neck profile and a clean, assertive sound. This all adds up to make it a great, unique gigging bass - perfect for an 80's cover band, or for anyone who's hungry like the wolf and wants to blind someone with science instead of fading back into the rhythm section. 

Although it's a Squier, the serial number confirms that it was made at the Fujigen plant in Japan, which built the best MIJ Fenders, Ibanezes, and more.  A date inside the neck pocket confirms that it was made on July 16, 1988. The Katana has one P-bass style pickup for a classic Fender sound.

It has a number of dings in the paint, amply shown in the photos, especially on the sharp points. Definitely not mint condition, but highly playable with near-vintage charm. 

It comes with the original case, covered with plenty of period stickers - Dean Markley, aliens, Megadeth, and more.  

Everybody wants to rule the world. With this Katana bass, you can!

  • Make: Fender Squier
  • Model: Katana
  • Made: Fujigen, Japan
  • Color: Black
  • Fretboard: Lacquered rosewood
  • Pickups: One P-bass style
  • Frets: 20
  • Case: original hardshell 

Product Specs

Good (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
Brand Squier
Model Katana
Finish Black
Categories Solid Body
Year 1988
Made In Japan
Body Shape V-Style
Number of Strings 6 String
Right / Left Handed Right Handed
Body Features Offset
Body Type Solid Body

Tone I. - September 23, 2019

Awesome seller and negotiable! Super cool, threw in a case to sweeten the deal.

Justin M. - August 08, 2019

Great guitar, great guy! Thanks!

Arthur C. - February 11, 2019

Very fast and smooth transaction.

Mike D. - September 01, 2018

Plays great!

Jeremiah P. - August 23, 2018

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We want you to love your instrument out of the box, so we pack it carefully according to industry best practices to ensure that it arrives safely. In most cases you'll just need to tune it back up and start rocking.

If there are items that need to be removed for safe shipping (tremolo arms, for example), we'll include a note on how to properly reattach it. We set our guitars up carefully before shipping. If anything shifts in transit or needs readjusting, just let us know and we'll talk you through any needed tweaks.

We ship all orders within 1 business day after full payment has cleared in most cases. If anything delays that, we'll let you know.

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This product can be returned within 7 days of receipt.

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Buyer receives a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping costs.

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