Fender's popular Mustang® Bass guitar was introduced in 1966 as a cool short-scale alternative to its illustrious long-scale big brothers. This thoroughbred reissue captures the original instrument's feisty mid-'60s vibe, and is perfect for players who prefer a shorter scale (30") or have smaller hands. Guitar players and younger musicians will find it especially comfortable to play. Features include a solid alder body, split single-coil pickup and a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays and nickel/silver frets.
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With the risk of sounding uninspired and boring I have to say this bass just kicks a**.
It's THE MUSTANG BASS. The concept is amazing, the craftsmanship (MIJ) is superb, the tone is like no other bass in the world - cuts through everything, the playability is off the chart. It's so much that whenever somebody asks what is that I never answer "a bass guitar" like I do when it's about any of my other basses, I always answer "that's a Mustang Bass."
I've had mine for over 3 years now and it's just in a different league than any other electric bass. I've been playing dozens of models in the past 18-19 years since I became a musician and no matter how impressive any certain model might be, it's still no Mustang Bass.
If among other bass guitars is a standout, among other short-scale basses the Mustang is light years ahead.
Now, that being said if you are looking for a niche bass such as for funk or extreme metal then this is not for you. Many beginners regularly complain that the Mustang is not good enough for metal or slap and that they can't get the sound of a certain famous player and so on. This is not an all around bass guitar, this is the Mustang Bass.
While it was initially meant to be a player's first bass, in my case it came after a long time of playing other basses and it blew me away. So I don't know, maybe it really is that good or I just developed a taste for unconventional along the way and the Mustang is just what I've been looking for.
Keep in mind that it's a 7.25" radius neck and in case you never played on any such neck before you might have a big surprise. Modern basses tend to have a bigger neck radius while this one is old school, it might catch you off guard.
Also, players familiar with the Jazz Bass necks will feel right at home on this 1.5" nut width but those switching from wider Precision basses or other models, again they might be caught off guard.
The pickup is NOT high output, mucho gain, mucho growl (so that's why I said those looking for an extreme sound bass are in the wrong place here).
I have to mention that the original short-scale, extra light gauge strings that come with the bass might feel too loose for some people. I'm using .110 heavy gauge strings on my Mustang and because of the 30" instrument scale I have standard tuning without any head (or finger) aches. I can do extreme bends and anything in EADG on heaviest gauge strings.
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I own an original 66 and it is just great. The action is perfect and I can get the warm tone that I like. I bought it used in 1970 and it has held up wonderfully. I have played a lot of other basses over the years including a short scaled music man and nothing feels as good as my Mustang.
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|Model Name:||Mustang® Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard, Vintage White, 4-Ply Tortoise Shell Pickguard|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||30" (762 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||19|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.5" (38.1 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||White Dot|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Vintage-Style|
|Middle Pickup:||Special Design Split Single-Coil Mustang Bass|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Configuration:||Split Single-Coil|
|Bridge:||4-Saddle Mustang® Bass Strings-Through-Body|
|Control Knobs:||Black Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 5250XL Short-Scale NPS, (.040-.095 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Dot Position Inlays|
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