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2010 Fender Competition Mustang Bass '69 MB-SD/CO Candy Apple Red, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2010 Fender Competition Mustang Bass '69 vintage reissue model MB-SD/CO in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made in Japan and long ago discontinued, this Mustang Bass is a faithful reissue of the classic short scale Fender model with a factory-installed split-coil USA-made Seymour Duncan pickup. Finished in rare and desirable Candy Apple Red 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. This iteration of the Mustang Bass was also 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. Slightly more aggressive and midrange forward than a P Bass too, this Mustang Bass is strung with fresh roundwound 45-100 strings, delivering an articulate top end and a touch of growl. The instrument weighs 7lbs 12oz, 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 at the nut with generous shoulder in every register and appreciably more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and 1.015" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard adds a real richness and warmth to the tone, with lightly rolled fretboard edges for added comfort. The slender frets are nigh flawless, showing just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3 and playing cleanly up the 30" scale. The nut width is a slender 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 "Made in Japan" text and U-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt 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 the white pearloid pickguard is a nice contrast to the saturated Candy Apple Red gloss. This particular shade of Candy Apple is abbreviated by Fender Japan as "OCR" for Old Candy Red, representing a darker, more vintage-correct spin on this classic Fender custom color. Cosmetic wear is limited to a very faint spot of buckle rash in the clear coat of the gloss at the bass-side waist, a few minor dings on the back lower bout body edge, and a couple dings adjacent to the forward strap button. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A gigbag is included.