Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass
Fender unveils the latest addition to their affordable Classic Player series, the distinct looking short-scale Rascal Bass.
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The Rascal Bass design was originally created by Master Builder Jason Smith at Fender Custom Shop, it was based on '60s era guitars that had exotic shapes. By being a part of the Classic Player series, this distinct looking design is now made more accessible.
This 4-string bass guitar comes with a '60s era style body that is borrowed from the "Bass VI", will surely stand out from the crowd. The shorter scale length also sets it apart from regular bass guitars in terms of tone and playability.
The new Classic Player Rascal Bass starts off with an alder body carved into a non-conventional double-cutaway shape that allows for easy access to the upper frets. The body is wrapped in Ocean Turquoise gloss polyester finish, which is complemented by the white pearloid pickguard.
Fender used flat-sawn maple for the neck, and carved it into a comfortable “C”-shaped profile. The neck is topped by a rosewood fretboard that has a 9.5" fretboard radius, 21 medium jumbo frets and it features a unique fret inlay scheme - featuring bass-side dot markers from 3rd to 9th frets, double dots at 12th fret, and treble-side dot markers from 15th to 21st frets. Fender also equipped this instrument with vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment.
Another distinct feature of this 4-string bass is its triple S pickup configuration. Instead of the usual bass pickups, Fender opted for three Seymour Duncan lipstick Stratocaster pickups. These pickups were chosen to work well with the instrument's distinct 30" scale length setup. The pickups are wired to a 5-position blade switch and push/pull volume knob that together allows for seven pickup combinations. Finally, a single tone knob completes the Rascal Bass' electronics, which will provide quite a wide variety of sonic flavors.
Other hardware include vintage style tuners and the Guild Starfire Bass bridge that feature four individually adjustable steel barrel saddles.
Finally, the most critical feature of the Classic Player series is affordability, the MSRP for the Classic Player Rascal Bass player is $799.99. For more information and other details, head over to Fender.
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