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1974 Fender Mustang Bass Vintage Short Scale Mocha Ash 100% Original w/ Case

$3,299.99

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Up for sale, a 1974 Fender Mustang Bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This ash-bodied Mustang Bass is notably lightweight at 7lbs 12oz with rich sustain and a powerful, clear note attack. The tone of this Mustang Bass is warm and thick, with classic low end thump and clarity in the treble frequencies. Strung with 45-100 roundwound strings on the 30" scale, these strings accentuate the midrange character and punch of ash as a tonewood. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Mustang Bass with comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a moderately chunky C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a very dark cut with lightly rolled edges, retaining the original slender frets which have their full factory height and are surprisingly clean, showing just a hint of wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 2-5. The truss rod is responsive, the neck is straight, and this bass plays cleanly in all positions. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and on the headstock the bass retains the original Fender-stamped tuners which show light surface patina. The black ink stamp is present on the neck heel, dating to 1974, and all of the original factory markings and stamps are present in the pocket and on the heel.

All of the electronics are original with untouched solder joints, and the CTS pots date to the 33rd week of 1973, while the gray bobbin pickup has a 1974 date stamp. The chrome is particularly bright and clean on the control plate and bridge, showing light patina across the saddles, and the original plastics are also intact and equally well-kept including the maroon thumbrest.

The transparent Mocha gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, showing some minor finish chips and nicks on the body edges, light finish scratches central to the back, and a few additional minor marks across the body. There is pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard, extending between the pickguard and bridge, and prominent finish checking on the back of headstock, with a few small areas of isolated, shallow wear on the gloss-finished neck profile.

The hardshell case with a gray textured exterior is included mostly for the sake of originality, as the latches no longer function, the handle is taped over, and there is modest wear on the exterior.