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. Starting in 1969, Fender introduced a set of snazzy “competition” finishes which added a double racing stripe to the body.
This one apparently has a 1967 neck and a 1969 body, at least that’s what John Neff told me, the guy I bought it from.
- Years of Production: 1966 – 1981
- 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: Competition Red was part of the Competition series of finishes introduced in 1969.
- Notable Players: Bill Wyman, Tina Weymouth, Fred Smith