Discussion in '"Vintage" Instruments' started by Redbell, Dec 16, 2017.
Title pretty much says it all, didn't find anything in a search (before ya rant.)
At least its an offset
I have a couple, both made from parts as a bit of a project - in fact, I was only trying to make up one guitar but ended up with so many parts I made two. The Duo is a '58 neck on a pre-'59 body, and the MM is a '63 neck on a '63-'64 body. The Duo is original Desert Sand finish, and the MM has a refinished body.
I put most of these in the offset thread, but there are some updates, so that seems like a good excuse to post them here.
'64 Musicmaster (half a I, half a II)
'64 Duo Sonic (half a I, half a II, opposite halves from the Musicmaster)
Musicmaster Partscaster, old body, old neck, old pickup, mostly new hardware
The Musicmonster, an old Duo Sonic body with an old Fender acoustic neck, a Strat-style neck pickup and two Duncan humbuckers
IMG_4339 by 27sauce posted Aug 16, 2017 at 3:10 PM
2/69, 4/69. Bass has thinner stripes than you see later in production.
This was pretty much a basket case when I got it. 1969 Competition blue Mustang. Original finish was stripped from the body and headstock, Routed for a bridge humbucker, frets totally worn and corroded, hardware slightly rusted, pots completely rusted and unusable, at least 3 different sets of tuners....just a mess.
I shot the body with Reranch black nitro and added a new headstock decal and nitro clear finish just on the headstock, the rest of the neck is original finish. Refretted with stew Mac medium fret wire and and a Tusq XL nut, added Kluson locking tuners as well.
Got a new pickguard from Warmoth and added a vintage Lawrence L90 from my parts drawer with a Lawrence Q-Filter and a Wilde/Lawrence L-298 in the neck position. Added a LP style toggle to the lower horn to make it more usable. It didn’t have the original slider switches or pickguard anyway and a little more routing wasn’t gonna hurt the value any further. Added some vintage black speed knobs I had laying around as the originals were gone and replaced with some amp knobs.
As for the hardware, got the original trem and control plate cleaned up pretty well but the original bridge and trem arm were missing so those are new.
This is the first 24” scale electric I’ve owned and I love it. Beefy, thick neck on this thing, but combined with the short scale and vintage 7.25” radius it’s a real joy to play. Sounds fantastic with the Lawrence pickups too. Pretty cool vintage guitar that I can take anywhere without fear of damaging it and hurting the collector value.
I'd love to score one of these one day for my son... Better make it one day soon, as the price is going up
A few of mine...
1960's Guard, tremolo, tuners, and control plate
Warmoth Body, Lace Sensor pickups (unknown age)
All original hardware
MJT refin to Original Dakota Red
Have you ever posted any tunes using these two beauties ?
Come on man you have to at least tell us what it sounds like !!
Kimock playing his:
Another great one of Kimock w the Mustang.
Okay. I feel like I never have the words to describe them sonically, but I'll try.
'66 Mustang: This one has more of what I'd call a modern Fender sound, less woody, a bit more metallic, probably a bit better for rock than blues.
'64 Musicmaster and DuoSonic: Both of these sound like the same era Strats, with that amazing hollow woody sound that great old Fenders have.
Musicmaster Partscaster: This one also has that woody sound, but it is more subtle in this guitar. I'm guessing that the pickup might have lower output than the ones in the '64 guitars.
Musicmonster: The neck pickups sounds okay, but the humbuckers are mighty. My favorite setting is to have both Duncan humbuckers on at the same time. With a little overdrive and not excessive volume, it sounds kind of like a stadium. So it is another rock guitar.
This was a quick pick-up band. I used someone's pedalboard that had two overdrives going and buzzed like crazy...and it was fun in NYC!!
'75 & '66 Musicmaster ('66 has the 22,5 neck)
June '66 24" scale
I need better pictures.