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Music Man Sabre Late 70s, Super clean

Regular price $1,275.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $1,275.00 USD
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What a beautiful guitar! This is a late 70's Music Man Sabre II [pre Ernie Ball]. This guitar is in great shape! All the chrome hardware looks brand new! Everything works perfectly. Light checking on the body and neck/headstock area. Some wear on the back of the neck but it is super smooth. Frets are in great shape. All original.

A big ding was covered up and refinished on the bass side lower bout-see pic with pick. You don't notice it from a few feet away but up close the 'gloss' doesn't blend perfectly...

These are GREAT guitars, some of Leo's finest. Sorry no case. West coast may pay a bit more in shipping and shipping includes insurance. Thanks.

Continental USA Shipping Only. No International Sales.

This guitar is presented by Mt. Pleasant Music, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Buyer pays UPS shipping (and applicable taxes) which is added to the sales price at checkout. Shipping is $100 including insurance.

After Leo Fender sold to CBS in 1965 he created CLF Research, a consulting firm mainly intended to support operations at CBS/Fender. However, Leo could not build instruments as part of a 10-year non-compete. 

In 1971 two former Fender employees, Forrest White and Tom Walker had a conversation with Leo about helping finance their guitar/amp company.  He contributed as a silent partner, and Music Man was formed in 1974.

As the non-compete expired Leo built a manufacturing facility under the CLF entity to produce guitars, and Music Man was the sales and distribution agent. 

Music Man delivered their first guitars, the Stingray and Stingray bass in 1976.

That was followed by the Sabre and Sabre bass in 1978.  

That deal eventually went south and Leo parted ways with Music Man in 1979 to start G&L with George Fullerton. In distress, Music Man was acquired by Ernie Ball in 1984. 

The Sabre shares some build components from Fenders of the era including the three-bolt neck and bullet truss rod adjustment nut. 

Beyond that, the Sabre was its own machine. Sporting narrow humbuckers to give the player more picking room the pickups were also different lengths to accommodate string bends with no drop-out. 

An active electronics system was also on par for the mid 1970s.  The onboard preamp consisted of bass, treble, and volume controls, a bright switch, phase switch, and a low impedance output.