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2010 Fender Competition Mustang Bass '69 MB-SD/CO Olympic White w/ Hangtags, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2010 Fender Competition Mustang Bass '69 vintage reissue model MB-SD/CO in like-new condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtag, manual, and Fender-branded gigbag. 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 Olympic White and accented by a dark blue Competition racing stripe, 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 15oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with optimal action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck features a medium depth U-shaped neck profile carve with full shoulders in every register and a gentle increase in overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is a dark cut of this particular tonewood, adding a real richness and warmth to the tone, with lightly rolled fretboard edges for added comfort. The slender frets are flawless, and the bass plays cleanly up the 30" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. 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 pickguard is a subtle contrast to the more miky shade of the Olympic White gloss. There's barely a scratch on the body, and the ambered neck profile gloss is equally pristine.

The original hangtag and manual are included, along with the Fender-branded padded gigbag.