Fender Mustang Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1976)

Fender  Mustang Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1976)
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Fender Mustang Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1976), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 7607104, sunburst polyester finish, alder body, maple neck fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This 1976 Fender Mustang Bass shows only some minor wear and is a great player and in nicely original condition. This bass was built a few years after the end of the run of the rather whimsical "Competition" Mustangs in 1972, and has more generic 1970s Fender cosmetics. This includes a sunburst finish on the body, the then-new black plastic pickguard with the thumb rest mounted above the strings and a natural poly neck and headstock.

The main change from earlier models is the provision of a one-piece maple neck and fingerboard, an original Fender feature that came late to the Mustang, only appearing around this time. The neck stamp is the sometimes inscrutable mid-1970s "green code" but in this case reads as 1976, as does the then-new serial number decal on the headstock. The original pots date to the 25th and 27th weeks of that same year. Aside from the maple fingerboard, Poly finish and the thumbrest position, most other features remain similar 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 originally intended for students, the instrument is so well-designed and laid out that many professional players have used it extensively including Bill Wyman and Tina Weymouth. Ideal for guitar players or bassists with smaller hands, the Mustang remains one of the best short-scale basses ever designed, well-balanced and comfortable with a very punchy and surprisingly fat sonic signature. This superb-playing bass has survived the decades very well and is ready for another 45 years!
 
Overall length is 42 1/8 in. (107 cm.), 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) deep. Scale length is 30 in. (762 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a nicely original bass showing some very minor wear overall but no structural damage or repair. The finish shows some checking, small dings and dents but is very little faded, the hardware has minor corrosion in a few spots but this bass hardly looks 45 years old. All hardware is original; by this point fender had given up even fitting the mute bars in front of the bridge saddles. This is a solid player, sonically just a bit brighter and tighter than some earlier models but retaining the essential Mustang character. Includes the original HSC also in very good shape. Overall Excellent Condition.