As a product of the '70s (with a brief reissue in 1997 headed by Squier), the Fender Musicmaster Bass is a shorter-scale, stripped-down version of the Fender Mustang Bass. Distinguish between older and later models by the tuning keys: the former sported triangular tuning keys while the latter is Mustang-style. If you're looking for a real vintage bass at a far more musician-friendly price, the Fender Musicmaster Bass may be your pick.

Product Specs

  • Musicmaster Bass
  • Black
  • Dakota Red
  • Daphne Blue
  • Olympic White
  • Red
  • Trans Red
  • White
  • 1969 - 1981
Made In
  • United States
Body Features
  • Offset
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Number of Strings
  • 4 String
Pickup System
  • Passive
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed

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Reviews for the Fender Musicmaster Bass Guitar
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  • Verified Purchase

    I have a 1976 one, love Short Scale basses, easy to sing and play at the same time. Sounds amazing, better than a new Jazz bass or Precision bass. Get a vintage Musicmaster Bass!

  • Great collector bass

    I have this bass from exactly 1970. It is the same color red and all original with the original case. I keep it mainly as a collector. It is not really practical to play live gigs with but I would think it might be cool to use for recordings on certain slow ballad type songs in the studio. I …

  • Fits like a glove

    Verified Purchase

    I've always admired these short scale basses from afar, yet never owned one. I love the way the body and neck contour makes hitting all the frets such a breeze. The warm tone, and great looks make this by far the best vintage investment I've made in years.

  • Love it

    Verified Purchase

    Coming from a Fender Mexican jazz bass with high action this was refreshing to pick up. The short scale is nice for my hands, although the slinky strings do kind of sound a little weird/ out of tune if you're playing too hard. Easy fix for that is to throw a little foam under the strings by the brid…

  • Studio Mainstay

    Verified Purchase

    At my recording studio there was already a MIM J-Bass and a Stingray 5, so when I pushed my colleagues to go for a vintage short-scale they were skeptical, to say the least. Even in the short time this 78 Musicmaster has been living in the space, it's already showed up on the session files from a do…