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1967 Fender Mustang Bass Vintage Electric Short Scale Bass Daphne Blue w/ Case, Riggio


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Up for sale, a 1967 Fender Mustang Bass in perfect working order with the original hardshell case. Sporting a body-only light relic nitro lacquer Daphne Blue finish furnished by Riggio Custom Guitars, this genuine vintage 1967 Mustang Bass retains all of its original hardware and electronics. Resonant and responsive, there's plenty of warmth and thump on tap with this Mustang Bass, and the instrument offers a complex low midrange character and an articulate growl in the top end. Strung with fresh roundwound 45-100 strings on the 30" scale, the bass sits well in a mix with ample punch and roundness, approximating a P Bass with the Tone knob rolled back to taste. The bass is lightweight at only 7lbs 11oz, setup with low action and accurate intonation here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with round, inviting shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gently growing in overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .805" at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has been professionally refretted with slender vintage-spec fretwire that shows zero wear with perfectly rounded crowns. The truss rod is responsive with the truss rod nut still flush with the neck heel, the neck is straight, and this bass plays cleanly in all positions. The nut measures just shy of 1 5/8" in width, and on the headstock the bass features a matched set of original Fender-stamped "lollipop" tuners along with the original Mustang Bass decal. The stamp on the neck heel is present and bold, dating to September of '66.

The electronics are stock, retaining the original gray bobbin split coil pickup hand-dated to Spring of '67, while the CTS pots date to the 42nd week of 1966. The original chrome hardware has ample shine, and the bridge includes the original springy metal "fingers" for adding mute foam. Original plastic parts include the knobs and pickup cover, and the stock white pearloid pickguard has an extra set of holes drilled for a lower positioned thumb rest if desired.

The gloss Daphne Blue nitro lacquer finish on the slab body is a pitch perfect rendition of this classic Fender custom color, and Riggio's execution is second to none, with vintage-correct aging and just a hint of greening in the clear coat. Riggio's relic treatment includes prominent tight horizontal lacquer checking across the body, and simulated nicks and marks exposing the white primer coat along the edges of the slab body. The neck profile retains its original nitro lacquer gloss, exhibiting prominent palm wear down to the bare maple along the profile shoulders with various additional shallow marks from honest use that aren’t distracting to the palm while fretting.

The original hardshell case is included with a gray textured exterior, black faux alligator ends, original latches, and stock handle.