Back in 2013, Fender Master Builder Jason Smith created the retro styled Rascal Bass to display at the NAMM Show. “I wanted to build a short-scale bass that was reminiscent of some of the Kay and Danelectro basses,” Smith stated.
This week Fender announced that the Rascal Bass would be put into full production as part of their Classic Player Series.
The 30-inch scale bass’s body, which borrows its shape from the company’s Bass VI, is alder covered in a gloss Ocean Turquoise finish. Its flat-sawn maple neck features a “C”-shape profile and is topped with 9.5-inch radius rosewood fingerboard. The fretboard holds twenty-one medium jumbo frets with a special dot inlay scheme that has markers below the twelfth fret on the bass side and markers above the twelfth fret on the treble side.
The Rascal is fitted with three Seymour Duncan lipstick Stratocaster pickups that can be set with seven pickup configurations. A 5-position switch allows for selecting the bridge pickup, the bridge plus middle pickup, the middle pickup, the middle plus neck neck pickup, or the neck pickup. The volume knob works as a push/pull switch to access the bridge plus neck and all three pickup configurations. Hardware includes a Guild Starfire bridge with individually adjustable steel barrel saddles, vintage-style tuners, and a synthetic bone nut.
The Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass is shipping soon with an advertised price of $799.99.
Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass Details:
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Body Shape:||Bass VI|
|Neck Material:||Flat Sawn Maple|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape:||“C” Shape|
|Scale Length:||30″ (762 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5″ (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.625″ (41.3 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||White Dots (Bass-Side Dots 3rd to 9th Fret, Double 12th Fret Dots, Treble-Side Dots from 15th to 21st Fret) and White Side Dots|
|Pickups:||Seymour Duncan Lipstick Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade and Pull/Push Down: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup Position 3. Middle Pickup Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup Position 5. Neck Pickup;5-Position Blade and Pull/Push Up: Position 1. Pull/Push Up, Bridge and Neck Pickups Position 2.Pull/Push Up, Bridge, Middle and Neck Pickups|
|Special Electronics:||2-Position Pull/Push Switch on Volume Pot|
|Bridge:||Guild Starfire Bass with 4 individually Adjustable Steel Barrel Saddles|
|Pickguard:||2-Ply White Pearloid|
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