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2010 Fender Competition Mustang Bass '69 Vintage Reissue MB-SD/CO Lake Placid Blue, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2010 Fender Competition Mustang Bass '69 vintage reissue model MB-SD/CO in mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags and padded Fender gigbag. Made in Japan, this Mustang Bass 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 rare and desirable Lake Placid Blue and accented by a Competition racing stripe and dark brown tortoise 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 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. Slightly more aggressive and midrange forward than a P Bass too, this Mustang Bass is strung with fresh roundwound 45-105 strings, delivering articulate top end and a touch of growl. The instrument weighs 7lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck features a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius and features flawless slender fretwire. The bass plays cleanly up the 30" scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut width measures 1 1/2". On the headstock, the clover button tuning machines turn very smoothly and hold pitch well. 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 are positively gleaming, and the dark brown glossy tortoise pickguard contrasts with the Lake Placid Blue gloss, accented by a Daphne Blue racing stripe. This particular shade of Lake Placid is abbreviated by Fender Japan as "OLB" for Old Lake Placid Blue, representing a darker, more vintage correct spin on this classic Fender custom color. The bass is stunningly well-preserved with barely a scratch on the body, and the ambered gloss on the neck profile is equally pristine.

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