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Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar   

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Originally created in the Fender Custom Shop by Master Builder Jason Smith, the Rascal Bass joins the Fender lineup as a sleek short-scale Classic Pl...Click To Read More About This Product

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A pawnshop-inspired '60s throwback bass that has plenty of modern features.

Originally created in the Fender Custom Shop by Master Builder Jason Smith, the Rascal Bass joins the Fender lineup as a sleek short-scale Classic Player model loaded with distinctive features and personality. With its '60s-era Bass VI body, three Seymour Duncan lipstick Stratocaster pickups, 30" scale and gorgeous gloss Ocean Turquoise finish with matching Coronado-style headstock, there's no other Fender bass like the Rascal.

Other premium features include a flat-sawn maple neck with a comfortable "C"-shaped profile, 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and special inlay scheme (bass-side dot markers from 3rd to 9th frets, double dots at 12th fret, treble-side dot markers from 15th to 21st frets), vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment, white pearloid pickguard, five-way pickup switch with chrome "barrel" tip, push-pull master volume control that delivers seven pickup configurations, master tone control, distinctive bridge with four adjustable steel "barrel" saddles, vintage-style tuners and more. Deluxe gig bag included.


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FenderClassic Player Rascal Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great idea but less than great results !

By Roadcat

from Mesa, AZ

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Pros

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Intonation Off
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor setup
    • Warbling Sound

    Best Uses

    • Retro Look

    Comments about Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar:

    I REALLY wanted to love this bass. Being an older PRO player, I grew up with Danelectro basses. The appeal of having 3 lipstick pickups had me hoping that this baby would be of great use to me. The major problems was a "warbling" sound and not much low-end punch. I had to lower the pickups to try to lessen any magnetic pull that the pickups may have had on the strings. That also lowered the output of the bass by about 1/2. While it does give the "tic-tac" sound of the retro bass it borrows from, it does not have much low end response. It takes a good deal of bass boost on your amplifier to get this bass to not sound anemic. Another issue may be the short scale (30"). Notes above the octave sounded muddy without much clarity or harmonic content.The setup was poor from the factory....intonation was way off. I needed to also add some relief to the neck in order to stop the strings from clacking on the frets. (requuires removing the neck from the body in order to get access to the truss rod). I would really think of this bass as a "baritone guitar with 4 strings instead of 6". Wish I could give this bass high marks...I really wanted to, but it was a disappoint to me and I sent it back.

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Almost got it right

    By Bassman

    from Alaska

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar:

        I tried the Rascal out at my local shop. It was love at first sight and it felt good on, the controls are very nicely laid out. Then I discovered how hard it is to get to the truss rod adjustment. Seems like an easy fix to do a headstock adjustment nut like a mexi Jazz. If Fender does that, I will be buying. Until then I can pass. I don't know anyone that wants to have to take their guitar apart in order to make a small adjustment. Turns a 10 minute job into hours.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Cool retro look

        By Satisfied Customer

        from LI, NY

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar:

          I bought this bass, despite others bad reviews because I liked the looks of it. The color, the pick guard, the hardware and since I already have five other types of basses, it's another Fender. I bought the open box Rascal and opened up to find it was as one of the other reviewers had described it. Buzzes all over the place and pickups loose and shaky. I also noticed that the action was incredibly low so I raised the action to something closer to my liking and Fender's specs and the buzzing went away. With the strings now at a safe height I went to raise the pickups and found that they were so low that they were not being supported by the adjustment screws and when I raised them to a proper height they became rock solid. I plugged it in to my amp and found that it did not lack the bottom end that other reviewers had complained about. The bottom end was deep and tight and worked very well playing some songs from the era for which this guitar was made. The only problem I have with this guitar is that it's a short scale bass and after playing P-basses, Jazz basses and a Cabronita Telecaster Bass, It'll take some getting used to - but that's not the basses fault. All in all, it's a great looking and great sounding (when setup properly) bass. Use the reviews on the Musician's Friend site to help get an idea of the item of interest, but don't be swayed by outrageous bad reviews. Read them all, try to discern what's sensible and what's ridiculous, buy the Item and try it for yourself, you may be very pleasantly surprised, and if not, send it back, MF is great about customer satisfaction...........and then I'll buy it as an open box special!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Breaks the Mold

          By CabinFolkBass

          from Washington DC

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar:

            First off, I would like to point out that this bass is not meant for those looking for a dark, bass-heavy sound that is popular these days. It is, nonetheless, a fantastic bass and delivers a beautiful, shimmering brightness that I find especially useful for slap style and jazz. The smaller scale is comfortable, but gives the strings more slack so you may want to buy a heavier gauge string. The truss rod is not accessed as easily as most other basses, as mentioned in another review; it really only means unscrewing a few screws. Again, this bass delivers a unique, specialized sound which means you, like I do, will use it alongside another bass that produces a warm sound. All in all, this bass is a lot of fun and, if used at the right time, can really make your riffs shine.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fender's best short scale yet

            By Pops

            from Great White North

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar:

                I've had my Rascal for 17 months now. It arrived well set up and ready to play. Fit and finish are top notch. I especially like the full size body. Unlike some short scales, the bass doesn't look like a toy, and my plucking hand falls in a comfortable position. The neck has been very stable, no seasonal adjustments necessary, I only had to adjust the truss rod when I put on slightly heavier strings.

                I really like the tone. It's well balanced across the tonal range, plenty of clear fundamental without being boomy. The E string is exceptionally clear for a short scale bass, although it will never be as dominant as a long scale. The US-made Seymour Duncan lipstick pickups are true to the originals (I've heard them in a hollowbody) but this is a large solidbody bass with a massive bridge, so don't expect it to sound like a Danelectro. It has its own thing going. All in all, it's a keeper.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Its a different sound for fender, but I really love this.

                By Shane

                from Orlando, FL

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                Comments about Classic Player Rascal Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar:

                Its a different sound for fender, but I really love this bass. I was looking for something with the Danelectro bass sound that played like a fender. This was better than I had hoped for. Seven different tone / pickup selections.Its short scale, so it took me a few minutes to adapt to the new feel, but it does play and sound great. If you are looking for a Jazz or P-bass sound this isn't it, but it is definitely a great bass and I would assume will quickly become a collectors item.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                No bad, but not for me

                By JayBasss

                from Denver

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Strange neck feel

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Bass Guitar:

                    This is a fun bass, but it just wasn't for me. I normally play an American Fender Jazz . I stumbled upon Fender Squire Jaguar and loved the way it felt. 30 inch scale, easy to stretch across frets, but, the sound and equipment is a bet cheaper in quality. So, when I saw this I was excited. When it arrived, I was not really excited about the sound. If you use the first and last pickup you can get a more traditional sound, but meh, not really the sound I'm used to, but what really surprised me was that the neck felt cumbersome. If I'm going to go through the trouble of moving to a non American jazz bass that's a small scale , the neck should feel skinnier like on the jaguar. I didn't find it easier to play, so I didn't want to keep something this pricey, non American, if I didn't love it.

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