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1972 Fender Mustang Bass Competition Burgundy Vintage Short Scale Bass w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1972 Fender Competition Mustang Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order, 100% original aside from one modern pot. Featuring a Competition Burgundy finish, this particular color is essentially Lake Placid Blue with a Sonic Blue racing stripe, originally having a very faint purple-ish burst on the body edges which has gracefully faded over time, now showing notable greening in the clear coat.

The bass has a rich, round acoustic voice with smooth sustain and a touch of growl in the top end. There's a certain pluck and punch unique to this bass that's particularly appealing and sits well in a mix, with a thump that doesn't have quite the breadth of a Precision pickup, yet fills out the low end nicely. A bit more aggressive and midrange forward than a P, this Mustang Bass is strung with fresh roundwound 45-105 strings for a smooth top end and balanced lows that have a surprising amount of oomph when plucked with authority. The instrument is particularly lightweight at 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a substantial U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. On the rosewood fretboard, the original frets show moderate grooves primarily beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-7, with fainter wear extending to fret 9. The bass plays cleanly up the 30" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original "Mustang Bass" decal as well as a set of stock Fender-branded chrome tuning machines. The neck heel has a bold December, 1972 date stamp.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the original gray bobbin pickup that retains its 1972 date stamp. The Tone pot is original, and the Volume pot is a modern CTS replacement. The chrome plating on the control plate and bridge is notably bright and clean, and plastics include the original pair of knobs and the white pearloid guard which does show some of the usual buckling, yet has no cracks and mounts cleanly with all original screws. This particular pearloid plastic was also notorious for reacting with Fender's Lake Placid Blue finish specifically, which is the case with this model, yet is purely cosmetic and only visible beneath the pickguard.

The Competition Burgundy gloss finish exhibits very tight, faint horizontal finish checking, with a spot of pick wear through the finish between the control plate and bridge. There is light buckle rash central to the lower bout, with various dings largely relegated to the perimeter of the contoured body. The gloss finish on the neck shows some light palm wear and scattered shallow marks on the profile length.

A modern hardshell case is included.