Fender Modern Player Starcaster Electric Bass, with Maple Fingerboard

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Comfortable for hours of playing or practice, this short-scale Starcaster bass has a 9.5" fretboard radius and a rounded C-shaped neck.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Alder center block Light weight, enhanced harmonics, wide tonal range
Laminated maple top/back/sides Even tone with good sustain
Maple fretboard Delivers a bright, snappy sound
Maple neck Bright tone, full sustain and strength

The Fender Modern Player Starcaster Bass guitar's thin semi-hollow offset body has a bound maple top and back, with stylish bound f-holes. A short-scale bass (30"), it has a "C"-shaped maple neck topped by the distinctively curvaceous Starcaster headstock, and a 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and black-dot inlays. Other premium features include dual Fender Wide Range humbucking bass pickups with three-way toggle switching, four skirted amp-style control knobs (volume and tone for each pickup) and a four-saddle Fender Hi-Mass bridge.

Fender introduces a model of what is surely one of its rarest-ever instruments, the semi-hollow Starcaster Bass. Only a handful of prototype models appeared during the mid 1970s, unusually distinctive as the only offset semi-hollow bass guitar in Fender history (to say nothing of its two enormous humbucking pickups). After decades of virtually fabled status, the Starcaster Bass now reappears in electrifying Modern Player form with superior sound, build and beauty ideal for bassists with a flair for appealingly unconventional Fender style.

Check out this video to learn more about the Fender Modern Player Starcaster bass:


- Offset-Waist Semi-Hollow Body with Center-Block
- Distinctive Starcaster Headstock Shape with Black Accent Stripe
- Bound Top, Back and F-Holes
- Vintage Tinted Neck
- Black Pickup Bezels
- Vintage Style Skirted Control Knobs
- Single Disk String Tree
- Fender Engraved Neck Plate

- Body Wood: Laminated Maple with Alder Center-Block
- Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
- Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
- Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
- String Nut: Synthetic Bone, 1.625" (41.3 mm)
- Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" (241 mm) Radius
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Position Inlays: Black Dot
- Scale Length: 30" (762 mm)
- Hardware: Chrome
- Bridge: 4-Saddle Fender Hi-Mass
- Tuning Machines: Standard Open-Gear
- Strings: NPS, (.045-.105 Gauges)
- Configuration: HH
- Pickups: Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking Bass (Bridge)
- Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking Bass (Neck)
- Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
- Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-488-1818

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (5 ratings)
Submitted January 14, 2015 by Gregory Williams in San Diego, CA

"Starcaster Bass"

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This is an incredible bass. I was reluctant at first to purchase. I decided to take a chance on this particular Fender from China. This bass is very well made. It is totally a beautiful looking bass, as far as first impression goes. This is plays very warm. I play jazz, old school Motown, and funk. This is now, one of my favorite basses to play. It was set up right out the box. I just had to tune, and play. Usually have to do my personal tweaking, and setup. Very smooth action, Very responsive pick ups, everything works as far as the electronics. This bass is a keeper. But, I say again, it is a beautiful bass. You will not be disappointed. Do not get hung up on "made in the U.S". This is a real nice bass, that is very affordable. I own 4 other Fenders, 3 Ibanez BTBs, and a Ric. My review is not being posted by newbie to the bass world. I have been playing bass since 1995. I say, don't judge a bass before you play it, or bass off public opinion. This bass is all that you would expect in a Semi-Hollow Bass.

Ease of Use
If you know how to play a 4 string bass. There is no learning curve. This bass is easy to play. Many sounds and tones available. Like any bass, just have to play around with it, to achieve the sounds and tones you are looking for. I use both pick ups, but the selector toggle switch is fully functional, so you can alternate between the bridge and neck.

For a production made bass. This bass is very read more well constructed. The detail in the craftsmanship is the beauty of this bass.

Very affordable. Price is the same as online stores. The payment plan ZZounds offers, makes this a great buy financially.

Manufacturer Support
I based and rated my Manufacture Support a 4 star rating. Because, of ZZounds. I have never had an issue. But I was missing a tool, for another bass I had purchased. Never had a problem receiving my item.

The Wow Factor
I have this bass in black. Photo pictures, does not show this bass true justice. This bass is sexy, and bad azz. Plain and simple.

Musical Style:
My own style, Jazz, Old School, and Funk
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