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FACTOIDS & TRIVIA

In 1964 the Musicmaster was redesigned and christened the Musicmaster II. The differences in the newer model were in the body shape, pickguard, and electronics. It was available with either a 22 1/2 or 24 inch scale and it is most often found with the longer scale. The 24 inch scale Duo-Sonic II, Musicmaster II, and Mustang of the September 1965 to February 1966 period were sometimes fitted with a slab rosewood fingerboard. Fender experts speculate that the slab boards were leftovers from 1962 Jaguars. The Musicmaster II pictured has one of these slab rosewood fingerboards as well as the larger CBS style headstock which was introduced on the student models around September 1965. As is often the case with the student models, Fender, especially CBS-Fender, was frugal and used smaller boards for body blanks rather than discard them. Consequently, this Musicmaster II has a 3-piece body. Paradoxically, the maple neck has some very nice birdseye figuring.

Fender Musicmaster II (December 1965)


Body: Solid, 3-piece alder

Finish: Olympic White, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck: 1-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Brazilian rosewood (slab); pearloid dot markers

Number of Frets: 22

Pickguard: Tortoise/white/black plastic laminate

Bridge: Fender steel, chrome

Nut: Plastic

Tuners: Kluson Deluxe, enclosed, nickel

Pickups: One, Fender single coil

Controls: Master tone, master volume

Scale Length: 24 inches

Neck Width at Nut: 1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout: 12 inches

Body Depth: 1 1/2 inches

Weight: n/a










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