This instrument was already sold when we saw it on the wall at ATB Guitars, but it was simply too cool not to grab for a photoshoot before it was collected by its new owner. Personalised with the type of self-adhesive letters often used on American luggage and mailboxes back in the day, ‘Ron’ is about as fine an example of an original Fender Musicmaster as you are likely to encounter.
The Musicmaster (single pickup) and Duo-Sonic (twin pickup) were introduced as 22.5-inch scale student models midway through 1956. However, as this ’57 Musicmaster proves, even instruments intended for beginners were manufactured in Fullerton to
the same quality standards and with the same materials that make Stratocasters and Telecasters of the late 1950s so desirable.
Complete with its rare original case and a strap and cable of the era, the Musicmaster’s original Desert Sand finish is in fine condition, while the very small amount of wear on its gorgeous V-shaped neck is concentrated in the first position. Whoever Ron was, he not only took very good care of his guitar, but he seems to have been a ‘strictly rhythm’ kind of guy.
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