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The Fender Mustang Bass was designed in 1965 - 66 by Leo Fender while he was under contract as a consultant to CBS after the Fender buy out. It was introduced in mid-1966 and was the first student model electric bass guitar that Leo designed, yet it was high quality and sounded great. With it’s split coil pickup, the Mustang Bass is more or less a scaled down version of the Precision Bass. Being a student model it does have basic appointments such as a non-contoured (slab) body and a short, 30 inch scale length. However, it does use a string-through-body bridge which increases the coupling of string vibration with the body. Like the earliest Jazz Basses, the Mustang Bass was fitted with string mutes, but most players removed these as they did not prove to be useful. Consequently, the bass shown here is missing its string mutes.


Body: Solid; alder

Finish: Olympic White, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck: 1-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Rosewood; pearloid dot markers

Number of Frets: 20

Pickguard: Tortoise/white/black plastic laminate

Bridge: Fender steel, chrome

Nut: Plastic

Tuners: Fender, open, chrome

Pickups: One, Fender split coil

Controls: Master tone; master volume

Scale Length: 30 inches

Neck Width at Nut: 1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout: 12 inches

Body Depth: 1 3/4 inches

Weight: 7.6 lb.

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