I say this time and time again, but a big part of what I love about vintage and used guitars and our worldwide customer base is getting to know folks from all over the globe and getting to hear about their journey with the electric guitar. Below is a cool story from Rodger in Fort Worth, TX. Rodger purchased a beautiful 1961 Fender Musicmaster from us last month, and in doing so was able to re-connect with an old friend. Below is Rodger’s story.
After some fits and starts, I put together my first successful band in 1965. We were hard up for cash or credit, so I started out with a ’60 Epiphone Century, and my lead guitarist had an early ‘60s Fender Musicmaster. After we became successful and were making money, we all upgraded guitars and gear. I had fooled around with my friend’s Musicmaster and had always been envious of the slender profile of its neck and low action; it was a dream to play. So after our upgrade, I offered to buy the Musicmaster, and my friend sold it and the case to me for $50.
A couple of years later I found myself playing the club circuit as a front man; I missed playing guitar, and wangled my way into playing on a few tunes. The only guitar I had at the time was the Musicmaster to which, in the meantime, I had made a few modifications. Taking it apart, I discovered that it was routed for a bridge pickup, so I cut a slot in the pickguard, and mounted the single pickup at the bridge position. I also took the opportunity to paint the sunburst body solid black, and decorated it with some psychedelic designs in “day-glo” colors which were in vogue at the time (and looked wild under black lights). I played this guitar for a number of years until it and the case were stolen from my car early one morning after a club date.
I collect a few guitars, not necessarily for the value, but purely because it may be something I like. So a few months ago I was looking at my ‘65 band photo, and there I was with my Epi Century, and my lead with his Musicmaster, and thought it would be fun to own those guitars again.
I exhausted all sources in the DFW metroplex, then one day my wife suggested I try ebay. I had never done ebay, so was dubious to say the least; but my first inquiry for Epiphone Centurys turned up a few decent hits, and I subsequently purchased a beautiful ’59 example from a music store in Brooklyn NY. The Musicmaster search did not work out as well; the ones I found were either in rough shape, the wrong color, or the wrong years. I suspended my search for awhile, then tried again and found the one you had for sale. I couldn’t believe my luck; it was perfect in every way, color, year, and, the identical case.
So anyway, Frank, I am thrilled with my purchase; it’s like reuniting with an old friend; this is the first Musicmaster I have handled in nearly 40 years, and I am still in awe of its neck; a masterpiece. It will be treated with tender loving care; (I won’t be painting it up in psychedelic colors).