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2005 Fender Competition Mustang Bass '69 Vintage Reissue MB-SD/CO Ocean Turquoise, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, 2005 Fender Competition Mustang Bass ‘69 vintage reissue model MB-SD/CO in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, this “Crafted in Japan” 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 Ocean Turquoise Metallic and accented by a Competition racing stripe and white pearloid pickguard, this is easily one of the most eye-catching Mustang Basses ever offered by Fender.

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. Slightly more aggressive and midrange forward than a P Bass too, this Mustang Bass is strung with roundwound 45-105 strings, delivering an articulate top end and a touch of growl. Weighing 8lbs 1oz, this bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck features a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with additional heft further up the fretboard, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .990” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, with lightly rolled edges for comfort, and the stock slender fretwire is practically perfect. This bass plays cleanly up the 30” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 1 1/2“ in width. On the headstock, the clover-button tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the block “Mustang Bass” logo is present on the headstock face. The “Crafted in Japan” text and R-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt F neck plate.

The simple and straightforward electronics work as they should, with Master Volume and Tone controls governing the split coil Seymour Duncan pickup. The chrome bridge and control plate shine like new, and plastics include the white pearloid pickguard and finger rest.

The Ocean Turquoise Metallic gloss finish is particularly dark and saturated, skewing towards Sherwood Green. Cosmetic wear on the top includes a few small finish chips on the edge of the racing stripe, some additional minor marks adjacent to the bridge and on the lower bout perimeter, and just a few light finish scratches in the clear coat on the back. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.