(SOLD) Squier Vista Series Musicmaster Bass Shell Pink 1997
Squier Vista Series Musicmaster bass, made 1997 in Taiwan in shell pink. The Vista Series was Squier's first ever take at doing original designs instead of lower cost versions of Fender designs, and included the cult hit Supersonic and Venus models. The only bass in the series was this cute little Musicmaster, a nod to 70s-era Fender model, but decked out with a matching headstock and cute 60s colours. They were only made for one year, and have been sharply increasingly in value over the last couple of years as word spreads of their talents and as they get a bit older. This one is in remarkable shape: there's a handful of dimples around the place and some yellowing of the finish, but dang... the plastic is still on the guard. It feels great in the hands: compact and easy to move around on, naturally resonant and generally very charming indeed. The sound on offer is punchy and rounded, with a naturally short sustain and a low midrange focus, perfect for surf or punk stuff and favourable when paired with a dose of dirt or fuzz. These seldom lat long on the wall here, so I hope you're in a decisive mood!
Model: Squier Vista Series Musicmaster Bass
Made in: China, Yako plant Taiwan, 1997 (serial YN736644)
Finish: shell pink, gloss poly, 3-ply cream guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 30" scale, 7.25" scale, 42mm nut
Pickup: Seymour Duncan SCPB 3 Quarter Pound single coil
Case: basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has a few dimples on the bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a few dimples near the neck plate, top horn and ferrules, but no major marks. The sides have a couple of dimples in the elbow area and some dimples and scuffs near the jack. The front has some dimples in the elbow area and near the jack and some play scuffs on the horns. Overall: excellent condition (9/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. The frets have very minor wear, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing Rotosound flatwound strings.