Squier Vista Series Musicmaster bass, made 1997 in Taiwan in aged sonic blue. These were made for one year only, 1997, and were a reissue of Fender's Musicmaster bass that was made 1971-81. Just like everything in Squier's Vista series, the build quality is excellent, and these enjoy quite the cult following. It's basically a stripped down version of the also-short-scale Mustang bass. This weighs almost nothing, has a slim little comfy neck and simple electronics... really you just pick up and play; everything is easy. The finish was originally a pristine sonic blue, but twenty years of aging has seen it yellow to a super sweet surf green type hue; it's seriously stunning! This is a supremely charming little bass.
Model: Squier Vista Series Musicmaster Bass
Made in: China, Yako plant Taiwan, 1997 (serial yn708042)
Finish: sonic blue (yellowed), 3-ply white guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, dot inlays, 30" scale
Mods: knobs replaced
Pickup: 'Vista Tone' single coil
Cosmetic condition notes: moderate finish wear. There's two big chips on the bottom edge, as pictured in the close-ups. side from that, there's some minor dents and scratches around the place, nothing too noticeable. Fairly significant discolouration on the chrome and plastics, some pitting on the metal parts. The lacquer has yellowed to more closely resemble surf green than sonic blue. Overall: good condition (7/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. The frets have been played, but wear is minor, 7/10 for life left. 100% cool.