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2000 Fender Mustang Bass Vintage Reissue MB98-SD Black, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2000 Fender Mustang Bass 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 Seymour Duncan pickup. Finished in gloss Black, this iteration of the Mustang Bass was made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, 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 50-105 strings, delivering an articulate top end and a touch of growl. The instrument is also particularly lightweight at only 7lbs 14oz. We've had this Mustang Bass dialed in to perfection here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with optimal action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck features a slender C-shaped profile carve with rounded shoulders, lightly rolled fretboard edges, and a hair more heft and substance as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .965” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which show only faint wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 3-5, playing cleanly in every register. The scale length is 30", 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, and the block "Mustang Bass" logo is present on the headstock face. The "Crafted in Japan" text and O-prefix serial number are present just 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 white pearloid pickguard has great dimension, contrasting with the Black gloss finish. Cosmetic wear includes some requisite pick scuffing across the guard and two dings through the finish, one on the lower bout body edge, and one at the treble-side waist on the back. There are a few additional minor marks and faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole, while the ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.