Fender Mustang Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1977)

Fender  Mustang Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1977)
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Item # 11552
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Fender Mustang Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1977), made in Fullerton, California, serial # S707427, black polyester finish, alder body, maple neck, black chipboard case.

This 1977 Fender Mustang Bass shows just some minor wear but is super retro-cool looking in its black-on-black livery, perfect for the summer of '77. This is a fine player in all original condition, built several years after the end of the run of the "Competition" Mustangs in 1973, with more generic late 1970s Fender cosmetics. This includes black poly finish on the body, topped with the then-new black laminated plastic pickguard with the thumb rest mounted above the strings.

A notable change from earlier models is the one-piece maple neck and fingerboard, an original Fender feature that came late to the Mustang just around this time. The then-new serial number decal on the headstock designates this as a 1977 model. The original pots date to the 33rd week 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.)., 8.24 lbs.

This bass shows light general wear but remains all original. The body has scuffing and minor dings, dents, scratches but no large areas of wear. The neck finish similarly has some small dings and dents but is generally intact. The pickguard has some scuffing as well, but overall this is a nice original bass without any intrusive wear. All hardware is original and unaltered (except the foam mute pads are long gone). The original frets have been crowned down a bit but still have plenty of life in them. At 8 1/4 Lbs. this is lighter than some '70s examples and is a super pleasant bass to play, one of the best 4-string Mustangs from later in that decade we have had. Overall Excellent Condition.