1959 Fender Musicmaster
1959 Fender Musicmaster

Guitar Description:

Now… is this an ugly duckling or a swan in disguise? It is a late ’50s Musicmaster in all-original condition, designed and built by the same people who worked on the Strats and Teles of the time. The distinctive colour may not be to everyone’s taste (what were Fender thinking?), although the mix of coffee and cream grows on one. The diminutive ¾-size body and short 22½” scale length neck may put some off but it is a quality built guitar. The slab rosewood fingerboard with clay dots is just right for the period. The pickup sounds very funky and the guitar is very resonant, partly due to the low tension on the strings. The simple electrics work perfectly and don’t impede the signal. All in all, this little guitar is a cool delight. OK, so the purists don’t rate the baby (sorry, student model) Fenders but I disagree, they’re great fun and woefully underrated. All at a fraction of the price of an equivalent Strat or Tele. The guitar was bought from the original owner in Boston, USA and brought back into the country around 2007.


  • Original unfaded Desert Sand finish
  • Maple bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood slab fingerboard with 21 frets and clay dot markers
  • Scale length 22½”
  • Original Kluson Deluxe tuners with white plastic buttons
  • Alder body
  • Original chrome hardware
  • Original single ply white (actually cream) plastic scratchplate
  • Original single-coil pickup, pots, knobs and jack socket
  • Original hardtail 3-saddle bridge
  • Original vintage Fender-Bulwin hard shell case

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