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March 1985 Mastercaster advertisement

Hondo introduced the Fame Mastercaster Series in mid-late 1984 to expand their Fender-style lineup to a higher range and bolster the brand's image. They were discontinued by the end of 1985 or early 1986.

Contrary to some rumors, the Mastercaster models were not made in Japan.

All Mastercaster models were made in Incheon, Korea by Samick.

MC-001

The MC-001 is the only unique design in the Mastercaster lineup; a mix between Strat and Tele styles. It could be found with either Tele or Strat headstock style. Two decades later, Fender built an almost identical Custom Shop model. In 1995, Samick built a similar model; the Ranger.

  • $499.95 MSRP (1984)
  • $333.95 Street (1984 Christmas Sale)

Body:

  • Kiln-dried, solid Ash body

Neck:

Electronics:

  • Three X-13 single coil pickups
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Bullet style truss rod
  • 14:1 ratio Grover Rotomatic machine heads
  • Kahler Flyer tremolo w/ locking nut

Finishes:

  • Black (B)
  • Transparent Black (TB)
  • Charcoal Fire (CF)
  • Metallic Red/Silver Burst (MRS)
  • Metallic Lime Green (MLG)

MC-002

  • $374.95 MSRP (1984)
  • $249.95 Street (1984 Christmas Sale)

Body:

  • Kiln-dried, solid Ash body

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply body (front)

Electronics:

  • X-13 single coil (bridge), X-14 humbucker (neck)
  • 3-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Bullet style truss rod
  • 14:1 ratio Grover Rotomatic machine heads
  • Roller string tree
  • Hardtail bridge

Finishes:

  • Transparent Black w/ Black hardware (TB/B)
  • Red w/ Black hardware, Rosewood fretboard (R/BR)
  • Carrera Midnight Blue w/ Rosewood fretboard (CMB/R)
  • Metallic Mink (MMK)
  • Honey Glow (HG)
  • Melt Down Red (MDR)
  • Paisley 2 (PA-II)

MC-003

  • $499.95 MSRP (1984)
  • $333.95 Street (1984 Christmas Sale)
85 MC-003

1985 MC-003 YN

Body:

  • Kiln-dried, solid Ash body
  • Arm contour
  • Belly carve

Neck:

Electronics:

  • X-13 single coil pickups
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Black hardware (B/B, TB/B)
  • Gold hardware (YN)
  • 14:1 ratio Grover Rotomatic machine heads
  • Bullet style truss rod
  • Three-ply, 8-screw pickguard
  • Kahler Flyer tremolo w/ locking nut

Finishes:

  • Black (B)
  • Black w/ Black hardware (B/B)
  • Transparent Black w/ Black hardware (TB/B)
  • Carrera Midnight Blue (CMB)
  • Yellowed Natural w/ Gold Hardware (YN)
  • Candy Apple Red (CAR)
  • Melt Down Red (MDR)
  • Purple Haze (PHZ)

BMT-001 (Bassmaster)

  • $674.95 MSRP (1984)
  • $449.95 Street (1984 X-mas sale)
85 BMT

1985 BMT-001 TB

Body:

  • Kiln-dried, solid Ash body
  • "Tiger Tail" flame Maple veneer (TB, TT)
  • Arm contour
  • Belly carve

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Rock Maple neck
  • Rosewood skunk stripe
  • Maple fretboard with dot inlays
  • Color-matched Mastercaster headstock
  • Silk-screened Fame Spaghetti logo
  • Bullet style truss rod
  • Fender style nut
  • 20 frets
  • 34" scale

Electronics:

  • One X-15 split pickup
  • Foil shielded control cavity
  • 1 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Chrome hardware (CAR)
  • Grover TitanTM machine heads
  • Metal knobs
  • Kahler Bass Tremolo System

Finishes:

  • Translucent Black (TB)
  • Candy Apple Red w/ chrome hardware (CAR)
  • Tobacco Tint Sunburst (TT)

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