Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Musicmaster II in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This vintage Fender retains its original vibrant nitro lacquer Daphne Blue finish, with a compact and comfortable 22 1/2" scale and slender 1 1/2" nut width. With its lightweight poplar body, this guitar weighs in at just 6lbs 8oz, and the acoustic tone is clear and crisp, translating well through the single coil neck pickup. Essentially a Strat pickup of the era with flat pole pieces hidden beneath the cover, the sweet, singing tone of this guitar can come as quite a shock, given its warmth and complexity. Professionally setup and strung with 11-50 strings, this Musicmaster II boasts low, slinky action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a decent amount of roundness given its short scale and slender nut, and the profile fills the palm comfortably while still being very easy to chord. The original frets are intact and retain their full, factory height, showing only faint wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3 and virtually no wear further up the neck. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports pearl dot inlays and the neck itself is very straight with a responsive truss rod and truss rod nut flush with the neck heel. On the headstock, the "Musicmaster II" waterslide decal is immaculate, and the stock Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines turn very smoothly.
The simple electronics work as they should, with the single gray bobbin pickup wired to Master Volume and Tone knobs. All solder joints are untouched, and the CTS pots date to the 18th week of '66. The pickup bobbin is also hand dated 6/7/66, and the original brass shielding plates are present in the unmodified body routes. Curiously enough, all Musicmasters were routed for a bridge pickup, even though this feature was something only seen on the Duo Sonic, which shared the same body. The chrome control plate and bridge base shine like new, and the original knobs and bridge saddles show only faint surface wear.
Of the three colors in which the Musicmaster was offered, Daphne Blue is arguably the most valuable and rarest of the three. This particular finish is quite vibrant, with only the very faint yellowing of the clear coat and the correct white base coat. The proper paint stick markings are present in the neck pocket, and the finish is glossy and clean, with only a few small chips along the edges of the body, particularly on the the bass side body horn, south of the control plate, and near the rear strap button. Light buckle rash (in the clear coat only and not through the finish) is present on the back as well, and there is very faint vertical lacquer checking on the body. In contrast, the neck profile is extremely minty, with no dings or marks of wear to report.
The original gray textured hardshell case is included. This case boasts working, original latches, stock handle, and even the small neck retainer strap inside the case.