Fender Mustang Bass 1966 - 1969

Fender Mustang Bass 1966 - 1969

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Overview

Introduced two years after the Mustang guitar, the Mustang Bass was the first student-level bass produced by Fender as well as the last production bass designed by Leo Fender before he left the company. Targeted towards younger players, the Mustang Bass offered a shorter 30-inch scale length as well as a lower price-point than the Precision or Jazz Basses of the mid-'60s. The split single-coil pickup was also smaller than that of the P Bass, but still captured a wide range of bass tones.

Years of Production:
 1966 - 1981

Unique to this Year: This was the first year of Mustang Bass production 

Body Style: Offset solidbody 

Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with veneer Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 30-inch scale length, split single-coil pickup

Finish Specifications: Red was one of three colors offered in the first few years of Mustang Bass production. 

Notable Players:  Bill Wyman, Tina Weymouth, Fred Smith

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Mustang Bass
Finish
  • Dakota Red
  • Daphne Blue
  • Olympic White
Year
  • 1966 - 1969
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Alder
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Color Family
  • Blue
  • Red
  • White
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Model Family
  • Fender Mustang Bass
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Strings
  • 4-String
Offset Body
  • Yes
Pickup Configuration
  • Split-Coil
Pickup System
  • Passive
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Series
  • Fender Vintage CBS Era

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