Fender introduces a new model of what is surely one of its rarest-ever instruments, the semi-hollow Starcaster Bass. Only a handful of prototype models appeared during the mid 1970s, unusually distinctive as the only offset semi-hollow bass guitar in Fender history (to say nothing of its two enormous humbucking pickups). After decades of virtually fabled status, the Starcaster Bass now reappears in electrifying Modern Player form with superior sound, build and beauty ideal for bassists with a flair for appealingly unconventional Fender style.
The Fender Starcaster Bass guitar’s thin semi-hollow offset body has a bound maple top and back, with stylish bound f-holes. A short-scale bass (30”), it has a “C”-shaped maple neck topped by the distinctively curvaceous Starcaster headstock, and a 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and black-dot inlays. Other premium features include dual Fender Wide Range humbucking bass pickups with three-way toggle switching, four skirted “amp”-style control knobs (volume and tone for each pickup) and a four-saddle Fender Hi-Mass bridge. Available in gorgeous Natural, Black and Aged Cherry Burst gloss finishes.
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I love this guitar and all it has to offer. You will want to lower the action but that's easy to do.
It is so nice to play and looks so good. I found the edge where you rest your arm kind of gets uncomfortable when sitting but if you are standing you can play low and solve that. What really matters is the tone and this bass has plenty for whatever you want to play.
Come on though guys you made a beautiful guitar but have no case ?????? Please design a case.
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Sadly, this guitar's potential is severely hampered by cheap components, poor build quality, and apparently zero quality control. I purchased mine from Zzounds Music and they will be getting it back shortly. I was shocked at how poorly it had been built, how cheap some of the parts are, and how - not even in this universe - the set-up was, or in this case wasn't. All of the screws holding the bezels on around the pick ups were protruding above the surface of the bezels allowing the bezels to rattle around. I at first thought they were loose, from shipping maybe, but the screws were in fact tight. The holes the screws thread into were not drilled deep enough, and when the person assembling the mess got them tight, they apparently did not care if they were actually securing anything. The volume and tone knobs belong on a cheap kids toy, not a $1,000.00 musical instrument. Plus, the knobs are all mounted at odd angles on the guitar top and wobble and rub against the top. Unreal. The neck has more curve in it than I have ever seen on a guitar at any price point. My Squier Cabronita cost less than half of this Starcaster and yet is better made and has machined aluminum knobs on it.
I will have to think long and hard before I spend any more of my hard earned cash on Fender products. I may be a beginner when it comes to playing the bass, but I earn my living working on mechanical/electrical/electronic devices. I know the difference between quality and junk......and the Starcaster I received is junk. Some actual quality control could have made the difference between my returning it or keeping it.
kimgee owns this item
All 3 colors just arrived in the store and after reviewing the 6 string version on Youtube which is great, we couldn't wait to see if the bass looked as good and, behold, it possibly looks even better! What more could you want in a retro bass? It's cool, it plays like a dream, the details are just right and the humbuckers give it a powerful bass and big fat sound which will keep vintage and indie players happy. It's not heavy either and the slim short scale neck is finished to perfection straight out the box. Well done Fender, keep these new oldies coming please.
|Model Name:||Starcaster® Bass, Maple Fingerboard, Black|
|Body Material:||Alder with Maple Top and Back|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Body Binding:||Bound Top and Back|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||30" (762 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.625" (41.3 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Bridge Pickup:||Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking Bass|
|Neck Pickup:||Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking Bass|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||4-Saddle Fender Hi-Mass|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Open-Gear|
|Control Knobs:||Skirted Amp Knobs|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Gauges)|
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