Fender Competition Mustang Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1971)

Fender  Competition Mustang Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1971)

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Fender Competition Mustang Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1971), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 309362, metallic blue with racing stripe finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, tweed gig bag case.

This is a fine playing example of the "Competition" finish Mustang Bass with some light general wear but in all original condition. This bass was built near the end of the run for the rather whimsical "competition" version of the model, with the blue metallic "car" finish and "racing" stripe on the body but a natural headstock. This one has a neck stamp of 17 July 1971 and pots dated to the 16th week of the same year, but all features (including the snazzy pearloid pickguard) are nearly identical to later 1960s models.

The Mustang Bass was introduced in 1966, Leo Fender's last original design for the company that bore his name. Although intended for students, the instrument is so well-designed and laid out that many professional players have used them extensively. Ideal for players with smaller hands, the Mustang is still one of the best short-scale basses ever designed, well balanced and comfortable with a very punchy and surprisingly fat sonic signature. This is a superb playing bass and a neat piece of Fender history.
 
Overall length is 42 in. (106.7 cm.), 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 in. (762 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This bass shows typical finish wear, mostly dings and chips to the body edges. There are two small touch-up spots on the top that probably matched better when they were done than after many years of aging, but are not really conspicuous. The pickguard has shrunk up somewhat but is intact with no cracks or chips except a bit of wear where the truss rod has been adjusted. The pickups can still be easily raised or lowered; they are not caught in a "Celluloid death grip" like some Fender pickups in shrinking pickguards can be. The bass is original and complete, except the foam pads for the mute are long gone. The frets and fingerboard are in very good shape and the bass is effortless and fun to play, as Mustangs were intended to be! Includes a recent gig bag. Excellent - Condition.