Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass

In 2013 Jason Smith from the Fender Custom Shop created an oddball!  A bass guitar with everything from somewhere else. The headstock of a Fender Coronado, the bridge from a Guild, Pickups from a Danelectro… combined with an offset Bass VI body. The Fender Rascal is the “Frankenstein” among bass guitars.

This weird bird was a huge success at the music trade shows and Fender decided to put it in production as part of the Mexican “Classic Player” series. It is a four string short scale bass with lipstick pickups. A bass with guitar pickups? Yes, and the sonic range is awesome!  Besides the “normal” five position switch you can expand your tonal range with another two  by pulling the volume knob.

I like these oddballs, they look cool, play great and sound fantastic! For the demo I plugged this one into a vintage (1969) Marshall SLP and a 4×12 Marshall cab. To my ears it sounded great. It has a very old skool sound, almost like an upright bass. As Antoine says at the end of the demo: “it is not a slapper bass”, … but for anything else it will do the job and make you look cool!

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Fender Rascal Bass

Tuwan (Antoine Pûtz – 21 Eyes Of Ruby) takes a test drive on the Fender Rascal Bass.  The demo is recorded on an iPhone and he plays the bass thru a vintage Marshall 1959 SLP guitar amp.

The Fender Rascal Bass is the odd child of the Fender Bass family. Short scale, three lipstick pickups and a seven combination switch.  Not a slapper bass …but in all a very multifunctional instrument.

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