The Fender Musicmaster II was a short-lived transitional model following the CBS takeover that featured the same design as the original Musicmaster introduced in 1956 with a 24.0" scale length.
It was originally offered with one single coil pickup at the neck position. However, specimens are often seen with added bridge pickups, as this is a popular model to modify.
And speaking of modifications, this one has seen rather a few, including –
Non-pro refinish in something like Daphne Blue
Body routing under guard and contoured on top – see pics
2 x non original pickups
Non original knobs, 3 way switch and output socket
Internal wiring and pots
Neckplate has no serial number
Non original pickguard from WD Products
Extra string tree installed on headstock
The better news is that the neck appears to be a genuine Fender Musicmaster neck – dated 16 March 1966.
The maple neck has a round C profile shape with a nice feel at the nut and full in the hands as you move up the fingerboard.
The Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports pearl dot inlays and the neck itself is very straight with a responsive truss rod with adjustment at the neck heel. The main Fender logo is clean and not faded, and the headstock face retains its perfect "Musicmaster II" logo.
The nut measures 1 5/8" and the stock tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
There are three drilled and filled holes in the upper area of the headstock, and after some serious deliberations, we still have no idea as to the likely purpose of these.
This Musicmaster weighs in at just 6.3 lbs, and the acoustic tone is clear and crisp, translating well through the single coil neck pickup, which we think may be a standard Strat pickup.
We think the bridge pickup may be a DiMarzio, and it is loud and grunty for a single coil unit.
The frets appear to be original and are in quite good condition with very little wear showing.
So this is a player grade mid 60s Fender – essentially it is a good original neck bolted to a serviceable body with questionable parts. Basically a good player as it is, but also a great project for someone to restore this baby to its former glory.
Comes in an ill-fitting hard case in worn condition.