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1999 Fender Mustang Bass MB98-70SD Short Scale Vintage Reissue Olympic White, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Mustang Bass model MD98-70SD in near mint, 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 12oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with lightly rolled fretboard edges and good shoulder in every register, with more overall heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard retains the original flawless slender frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The scale length is 30", while the fretboard radius matches vintage spec at 7 1/4" and the bone nut measures 1 1/2" in width. On the headstock, the clover button tuning gears turn very smoothly, and the block "Mustang Bass" logo is on the headstock face. The "Crafted in Japan" text and P-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. Stunningly well-kept, cosmetic wear is limited to just a few faint pick marks on the red “tomato soup” tortoise guard and a couple microscopic marks on the perimeter of the slab body.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.