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Starcaster Bass...I could have bought this years ago. Another Bonehead move.

IPLAYLOUD

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One of 3 Starcaster Basses made (the others were Sunburst).
It was at a Guitar Show on Long Island about 14 years ago.
NOBODY gave it a second look, Since I had Coronados, I zoomed in on it. VERY HEAVY, a very thin neck. Dealer (from NY) was asking $3K, I probably could have gotten it for $2400.
I had a young family and no mad money. (Coulda traded my then 12 year old for it. We had another son.)

$20K now:
http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/bass/fender/other/fender-starcaster-bass-natural-1975/

One of the Sunbursts in action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivLw77vU_N8

 

epluribus

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Cool guit.

Y'know sometimes I think mfgrs. should take a page from the movie biz. Make the product, test it on the market, and if it doesn't fly, put it back in the can till the market comes to you, and then let it go on the better release date. Can't imagine there isn't a sizable niche market that wouldn't love these things.

--Ray
 

walterw

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I always liked tiesco del rey's description of the starcaster as looking good "after a few drinks".
 

your name here

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Fender needs to build some of these and some Coronado's. Long overdue.
Truth.

With the renewed popularity of offsets and WRHB's lately, I could see this happening. Although, they'd never do 'em in left-hand versions of course. Because, you know... then I could actually own a Starcaster. :bonk
 

IPLAYLOUD

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If you want something close (has a 30" scale and is a set neck, though), try a Reverend Dub King. 2 big pickups and a REAL bridge...not the trapeze tail used on most all thinlines.

 

Texsunburst59

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One of 3 Starcaster Basses made (the others were Sunburst).
It was at a Guitar Show on Long Island about 14 years ago.
NOBODY gave it a second look, Since I had Coronados, I zoomed in on it. VERY HEAVY, a very thin neck. Dealer (from NY) was asking $3K, I probably could have gotten it for $2400.
I had a young family and no mad money. (Coulda traded my then 12 year old for it. We had another son.)

$20K now:
http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/bass/fender/other/fender-starcaster-bass-natural-1975/

One of the Sunbursts in action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivLw77vU_N8

Back in about '88 I saw a Sunburst Starcaster guitar in great shape in a pawnshop for $450, and probably could have had it for $350-400. OH WELL !!!!
 
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It's only "worth" $20,000 if someone pays $20,000 for it. A rich dude who must have impossibly rare Fenders? Perhaps. A bass player who wants a good looking/sounding bass? Not in a million years. Gawd that's ugly! Not even after a few drinks!
 

the_Chris

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I keep waiting on Fender to reissue their semi and hollowbody bass and electric guitars. With the music scene showcasing more and more guitar players without solidbody guitars you'd think Fender would pick up on that and run with it. I'd love to see an affordable real Starcaster (not the import ones bearing the same name) and Coronados, especially with different neck profiles.
 






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