Fender Starcaster bass

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Fender Starcaster bass

Post by Bassboy » 23 Apr 2018, 21:47

Anyone ever tried one of these or owns one, anyfeed back on sound and build quality etc.
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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by BassLine » 24 Apr 2018, 04:46

Look great, sound fat, medium-chunky neck & weigh an absolute tonne. Closer to 10lbs IIRC.

Plenty of reviews on TalkBass by owners.
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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by PilbaraBass » 25 Apr 2018, 15:08

I love the sound of 2-pickup shorties through a tube amp. I've never heard a Starcaster played before, but if it is anything like the other 30" basses I've heard and played (an Ibanez EB3 copy), it'll sound good
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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by balzac » 26 Apr 2018, 16:06

Love mine - very comfy to play but it does weigh a bit. Balances nicely though, so with a wide strap you don't really notice the weight too much. No dramas playing it for a 4-set pub gig.

Pickups are nice and fat, with plenty of output. Can get a good range of tones out of it, but I usually just run everything dimed, and it rips it up. Haven't had any feedback issues with the hollowbody thing

Build quality is great - haven't had any problems with it at all - although one of the pots was wobbly when I tried it in the shop. Quick fix then and there.

Can be tricky to find a case that fits. Fender doesn't make a hard case for it but I've heard the epi jack casady hard case fits. I think fender makes a hollowbody bass gigbag but I haven't bothered chasing one down yet. Mine lives in an acoustic bass gig bag and that's been fine for now. Not ideal though.

I got the cherry burst color - looks awesome under stage lights. Gets lots of attention from other musos too

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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by MrChameleon » 26 Apr 2018, 17:54

Pardon the hijack but is the Warwick Star Bass related to this?

They look much the same and are both named "Star".

I own an MIC Star Bass fretless in Daphne Blue that is similar but not the same:

Fender scale length is 30", Warwick is 32"
Fender pups are humbuckers, Warwick are SC (but are as big as humbuckers).
Fender body is asymmetrical, Warwick symmetrical.
Fender pegs are inline, Warwick are W-style.
Fender bridge, Warwick 2-piece bridge.
Fender body is fully hollow?, Warwick has centre block.
Fender instrument is heavy, Warwick is light (3.8 kg-ish).
Pots and switch seem the same (switch positioned differently).
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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by narcdor » 26 Apr 2018, 20:07

I suspect star is a nod to the guild starfire on both counts.

http://guildguitars.com/g/starfire-bass/
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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by rodl2005 » 27 Apr 2018, 08:18

So...... if the Fender is fully hollow, where's the weight coming from?
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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by MrChameleon » 27 Apr 2018, 08:21

Actually my mistake I think. I see the blurb says, "Thin semi-hollow offset body with bound maple top and back, and bound f holes". But good question nonetheless.

Thanks for the info, Narcdor.
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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by balzac » 27 Apr 2018, 10:42

Yeah, the Fender has a centre block and hollow wings

In terms of the model names, I think the Warwick Star is a descendent of the Framus Star basses (although the design looks more like the Guild than the old Framus)
http://www.framus-vintage.de/modules/mo ... katID=4622

Not sure if the Fender necessarily harks back to the Guild Starfire - Fender's site and Wikipedia say it (the guitar version at least) was an attempt to compete with Gibson's hollowbody designs and use up old coronado components at the same time.

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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by narcdor » 27 Apr 2018, 11:28

balzac wrote:
27 Apr 2018, 10:42
Yeah, the Fender has a centre block and hollow wings

In terms of the model names, I think the Warwick Star is a descendent of the Framus Star basses (although the design looks more like the Guild than the old Framus)
http://www.framus-vintage.de/modules/mo ... katID=4622

Not sure if the Fender necessarily harks back to the Guild Starfire - Fender's site and Wikipedia say it (the guitar version at least) was an attempt to compete with Gibson's hollowbody designs and use up old coronado components at the same time.
Ah geez yep you’re right on the Warwick Framus link, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I OWN a Framus Star bass!
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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by basshack » 27 Apr 2018, 13:07

Ooo another Framus owner. What year is yours? Mines a ‘66 large body in a red burst.
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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by narcdor » 27 Apr 2018, 19:29

basshack wrote:
27 Apr 2018, 13:07
Ooo another Framus owner. What year is yours? Mines a ‘66 large body in a red burst.
It’s your old one! :cool:
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Re: Fender Starcaster bass

Post by basshack » 27 Apr 2018, 19:50

Sorry got confused in who posted in the quotes. Besides your's isn't functional yet.... hint hint..
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