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1998 Fender Mustang Bass MB98-SD Short Scale Vintage Reissue Olympic White, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 1998 Fender Mustang Bass model MD98-SD in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan, this Mustang is a faithful and discontinued reissue of the classic short scale Fender model with a factory installed split coil USA-made Seymour Duncan pickup. Finished in Olympic White, this iteration of the Mustang Bass was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and is rarely seen outside its country of origin. 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 fills out the low end nicely while being a bit more focused than a Precision Bass. More aggressive and midrange forward than a P, this Mustang Bass is strung with roundwound 45-105 strings, delivering an articulate top end and a touch of growl. The instrument is also particularly lightweight at only 7lbs 7oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with optimal action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck features a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, gaining more shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut of this tonewood retaining the original slender frets which show light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-6, extending more faintly beneath the A and D strings to fret 9. The scale length is 30", while the fretboard radius matches vintage spec at 7 1/4" and the nut width measures 1 1/2". On the headstock, the clover button tuning gears turn very smoothly with uniform surface patina, and the block "Mustang Bass" logo is on the headstock face. The "Crafted in Japan" text and O-prefix serial is present above the four-bolt F neck plate.

The simple and straightforward electronics work as they should, with Master Volume and Tone controls to govern the split coil Seymour Duncan pickup. The chrome bridge and control plate have plenty of shine, and the red tortoise pickguard contrasts with the Olympic White gloss finish. Cosmetic wear includes some small nicks along the headstock edge, and scattered dings and small finish chips on the body, mostly on the back and lower bout body edge. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss with just a couple minor marks.