My price is firm and fair. This IS THE ONLY Fender MusicMaster Bass made between the years of 1970 and 1973 that you'll find at this price in the condition this is in! If you're behind your screen contemplating whether you want one of these in your amplifier collection, I strongly recommend jumping while this listing is still available.There are not many left out there on the market for sale, and like many vintage amps, they are being kept by their respected owners because of: their scarcity, the value of old sought after gear keeps going up, classic tube sound is hard to beat, for the timeless memories they have acquired, and the personal attachments they hold. It was one of my dad's practice amps, and he let me have it as a kid when I began to play guitar. Growing up, I used it to play as my bedroom amp. There are so many beautiful memories I have with it. It has seen some cool places throughout its life too. I brought this thing with me all over the place. Family parties, my first small gigs, events, back yards, basements, and rehearsal spaces. This amp was Fender's smallest bass amp at the time, and it was basically a companion to the new Fender MusicMaster bass guitar that had also launched somewhere around that same time frame. Despite Fender labeling and marketing this amplifier primarily as a "bass" amp, this amp isn't very good for a bass guitar in my humble opinion. It is better fit for a guitar, and if used as a bass guitar amp, then the volume shouldn't be put higher than 3.5, as anything further would most likely hurt the speaker and distort it. It should be considered a practice amp for guitar in all reality. This amp is an excellent choice for recording guitar in the studio. I've recorded a fair share of music with this, and it shines on tracks. This amp is really clean inside and out (for its age).
It has its fair share of blemishes as you can see, but that is to be expected for an amp of this old. The grille is in great shape, but it looks like it has lost some of its "tightness" over the years.
I used to rest my red Peavey Predator Stratocaster against it as a little kid after jamming out, and the arm of the guitar was always constantly being pressed against the same area on the grille, over and over. You can kind of see it in the photos if you look towards the top end, right/middlish area.Either way, it's very hard to tell. The amp photographs really darn well too!
When turning the knobs, the knobs are a little scratchy (like any tube amp), as expected. It has been well maintained since we have owned it.
My dad acquired it somewhere in the early 80's. It is a considerably quiet amp for a tube amp. These newly replaced tubes sound fantastic. The tube saturation/color sounds superb when using this amp at its sweet spot, which in my opinion is somewhere between volume number 4.25 and 5.5. Whether the tone knob is set greater or less than on either ends of the tone spectrum, it will be perfectly colored at that particular volume level.Every player is different and they will dial in their tone as they see fit. The on/off switch is dual function and is also the volume control. In the later years of this model, they made them with a separate switch for the on/off feature. This one has "base and treble" all within the same knob, which is labeled tone. We have replaced the original tubes a month ago with two RCA 6AQ5A Electron tubes, and one Electro-Harmonix 12AX7 Electron tube.
We have replaced the original CTS 12" loudspeaker with a 12" Jensen Special Design 25 Watts 8ohm loudspeaker a month ago. We have replaced the original Fender handle, original Fender handle mounts, original Fender chassis straps with new parts all from Fender Genuine Parts. We do have the original handle and chassis straps that are included in this sale.They are in good condition, however, they have grown that vintage rusty look to them. We do not have the original loudspeaker.
We do have the tubes that were in the amplifier prior to switching them out. Those also come with this sale, regardless. Eddie Van Halen used this model amp regularly as his rehearsal amp! Note: The 1974 models and up use two 6V6A and one 12Ax7A vacuum tubes. I have priced this amplifier very fairly, and with the intention to sell it promptly.We love this amplifier, and hope that it finds itself a wonderful forever home to a special player out there who not only appreciates that classic Fender tube sound, but someone who will take care of it for years to come. This is only going to go up in value as the years pass us. This amplifier has had a special spot in our music family for many years. I hate to see it go, but I need to let go of some of my precious gear to pay for other things in life that are more important right now.
This amp is ideal for. Practicing guitar at a normal volume level that doesn't destroy your hearing.Thank you for viewing this listing. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Guitar Amplifiers". The seller is "matthewnevesmusic" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.