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Small, lightweight, and punchy.

The Fender Mustang Bass is a reissue of the '64 classic. This is a great bass for smaller players or anyone who likes a lightweight instrument with a short, fast neck. 30" scale length. Alder body. Maple neck. One split single-coil pickup. Rosewood fretboard with dot markers and nickel frets.

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  • 30" scale length
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Split single-coil pickup
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot markers and nickel frets

Get it while you can. This is a limited edition reissue.

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FenderMustang Bass
 
4.6

(based on 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • School bands (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb Bass!

These new Japanese made Mustang Basses are simply awesome. I used to have two different vintage '70s Music Master short scale basses, so I thought I knew what the Mustang would be like,...Read complete review

These new Japanese made Mustang Basses are simply awesome. I used to have two different vintage '70s Music Master short scale basses, so I thought I knew what the Mustang would be like, but I was wrong.Last summer my friend Eddie Watkins, Jr. - who is a bass GOD and has played with the Temptations, Crusaders, and a zillion others (as well as playing on literally hundreds of charted hits like "I Will Survive") - brought a Mustang Bass to a gig we did in San Diego. When he showed up with it again at a gig in Denver in February, I had to try it out. It felt SO much like my Japanese made Marcus Miller J Bass - same neck style, same finish...just smooth as butter.I have always loved short scale basses, and I also currently have a Hofner Club Bass - but have been playing both 34" Jazz and Stingray Basses in my live gigs for about the last 7-8 years. Unfortunately my hands are small, and for most Rock and Pop that's OK. But when I'm playing fast Jazz or when I'm music directing for artists who have songs with complex funk parts, I just don't have the reach, and end up cramping or straining. I purchased this mustang two months ago, and I am so happy with it. The craftsmanship is truly excellent. I added a custom made ebony thumb rest to it. Every FOH mixer I work with just LOVES the sounds of this bass, in all size rooms. I'm stunned by their reactions and comments.The only thing lacking was the right strings. I use La Bella 760FL flatwounds on all my solid body basses, but while the Mustang is short scale, it's strung through the body, so shorts don't fit! I contacted Eric Cocco at La Bella, and he created a *NEW* set specifically for the Mustang. "La Bella 760FL Mustang" strings.Now I have the absolute best Bass playing experience. Fender Mustang Bass with matching La Bella Flatwound string! They are fanstastic!I can't recommend this bass HIGHLY ENOUGH! And I really can't understand some of the negative reviews I've read here at all. What in the world are they looking for? If you like short scale basses RUN OUT and get one of these Mustangs. Truly a gem!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

an AVERAGE short scale bass

I own this bass. It seems that reviews may make you think it is better than it really is. Believe me, it's just average. For Japanese made Fender, the build quality is...Read complete review

I own this bass. It seems that reviews may make you think it is better than it really is. Believe me, it's just average. For Japanese made Fender, the build quality is excellent. It even comes with nice strings. The bass came set up well and the frets were all dressed perfectly. It has nice tuners, a smooth neck and high quality bridge. I have the red colored version. It really nails the classic short scale vibe. Plus, if you need something short and light than this bass is for you.However there's a down side to this bass. The sound and intonation are off all the time. Reasons for bad intonation include the fact that it's a short scale (which I didn't realize right away) and there is no definition in the notes. They don't really sound muddy just fuzzy and not ?defined? with no considerable oomf in the mids or low end. The second very big problem I have is the underpowered pickups. I know others who have owned or even played this bass and they agree that an electric bass is only as powerful as its pickups (soundwise by how much it puts out). And this bass does not put out much sound. I'm not saying you need humbuckers, but this babies pickups are weaker than a standard p bass. That's sad because she's like a 'mini p bass' with all the vintage vibe. I HAVE EVEN TRIED DIFFERENT AMPS and SWITCHING THE PICKUPS. I'm trading her for a classic 50s p bass instead which is basically the same but without the intonation problems and more output.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LITTLE BIG BOTTOM

By Jerry Bone

from Arkansas

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Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

I have several high dollar bass's that I use ... I have to make note that for recording and capturing those old school P bass grooves this sweetheart is the berrries ..If you want to lighten your load and still have plenty of BIG bottom this baby will deliver the goods ..Small but Mighty
One trick pony that covers the bases
Light weight with fast neck ...Sound is deep and wide!
Priced a little high but no regrets

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb Bass!

By Doug LeBow

from L.A.

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Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

These new Japanese made Mustang Basses are simply awesome. I used to have two different vintage '70s Music Master short scale basses, so I thought I knew what the Mustang would be like, but I was wrong.Last summer my friend Eddie Watkins, Jr. - who is a bass GOD and has played with the Temptations, Crusaders, and a zillion others (as well as playing on literally hundreds of charted hits like "I Will Survive") - brought a Mustang Bass to a gig we did in San Diego. When he showed up with it again at a gig in Denver in February, I had to try it out. It felt SO much like my Japanese made Marcus Miller J Bass - same neck style, same finish...just smooth as butter.I have always loved short scale basses, and I also currently have a Hofner Club Bass - but have been playing both 34" Jazz and Stingray Basses in my live gigs for about the last 7-8 years. Unfortunately my hands are small, and for most Rock and Pop that's OK. But when I'm playing fast Jazz or when I'm music directing for artists who have songs with complex funk parts, I just don't have the reach, and end up cramping or straining. I purchased this mustang two months ago, and I am so happy with it. The craftsmanship is truly excellent. I added a custom made ebony thumb rest to it. Every FOH mixer I work with just LOVES the sounds of this bass, in all size rooms. I'm stunned by their reactions and comments.The only thing lacking was the right strings. I use La Bella 760FL flatwounds on all my solid body basses, but while the Mustang is short scale, it's strung through the body, so shorts don't fit! I contacted Eric Cocco at La Bella, and he created a *NEW* set specifically for the Mustang. "La Bella 760FL Mustang" strings.Now I have the absolute best Bass playing experience. Fender Mustang Bass with matching La Bella Flatwound string! They are fanstastic!I can't recommend this bass HIGHLY ENOUGH! And I really can't understand some of the negative reviews I've read here at all. What in the world are they looking for? If you like short scale basses RUN OUT and get one of these Mustangs. Truly a gem!

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Very Nice Short Scale Bass

By Richard Maddox

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

This BASS comes Setup with Good Quality Round Wound Strings. I Myself prefer Flatwounds. I tried the LaBellas suggested by a previous reviewer. Had them Professionally Installed. Big Mistake! Since this BASS is Thru Body Strung the angle of the Strings at the Bridge is Sharper and the Windings on the LaBellas Seperated Badly. The Low E String core snapped. The LaBellas have no silk wrap at the Bridge end allowing the strings to cut into the body. I switched to D'Addario Chrome Flats Medium Scale. If Strung properly the Silks will land in the perfect place. California Girls Sounds so Sweet on this Bass
If you like The deep Roar of a 5 String. Then this is NOT the Bass for You. But for Classic Rock Blues and Soul You Can't go wrong with this Bass. Although there are times when you will still need the Deeper Sounding 34 inch scale, for most 60's Rock this Bass will fit the Bill to a Tee. This Bass is Fast Smooth and just flatout FUN to Play.
High Quality and The finish is absoloutley Beautiful

(7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

an AVERAGE short scale bass

By RushFan1000

from Buffalo NY

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Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

I own this bass. It seems that reviews may make you think it is better than it really is. Believe me, it's just average. For Japanese made Fender, the build quality is excellent. It even comes with nice strings. The bass came set up well and the frets were all dressed perfectly. It has nice tuners, a smooth neck and high quality bridge. I have the red colored version. It really nails the classic short scale vibe. Plus, if you need something short and light than this bass is for you.However there's a down side to this bass. The sound and intonation are off all the time. Reasons for bad intonation include the fact that it's a short scale (which I didn't realize right away) and there is no definition in the notes. They don't really sound muddy just fuzzy and not ?defined? with no considerable oomf in the mids or low end. The second very big problem I have is the underpowered pickups. I know others who have owned or even played this bass and they agree that an electric bass is only as powerful as its pickups (soundwise by how much it puts out). And this bass does not put out much sound. I'm not saying you need humbuckers, but this babies pickups are weaker than a standard p bass. That's sad because she's like a 'mini p bass' with all the vintage vibe. I HAVE EVEN TRIED DIFFERENT AMPS and SWITCHING THE PICKUPS. I'm trading her for a classic 50s p bass instead which is basically the same but without the intonation problems and more output.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another great fender

By LevittownUke

from Levittown PA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

    This bass is well made, sounds wonderful, so easy to move around on. I put some flatwounds on it, it is a dream to play. Having fender on the headstock doesnt hurt either.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The BEST Short Scale Bass!

    By Bassique1217

    from Warren, OH

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      I personally own a mid-70's vintage model, which is MUCH heavier than this new one. The tone is spot on with the original, though! The neck is small & fast with EXTREMELY low action and no buzz. This thing can emulate an upright very convincingly if you add the string mute kit, which is one reason I have kept it all these years. Of all the short scale basses, this one has high end features like a massive bridge, string-through-the body construction, and a split coil pickup to cancel hum. A solid short scale bass that makes a big boom for the money! Play one & hear what I mean!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A nice Fender bass for guys with short fat fingers

      By Bob at Kokopelli Guitars

      from Battle Creen, Michigan

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      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      Very nice short scale "P" bass. Most everything to say about this has been said by others, so I'll keep it short. I like everything about it except I think it's a little over priced & there is not a reasonably priced hard case for it. It is a FENDER!, (not that off brand if that matters to ya) Quality is at least as good as any MIM Fender I own, which I've never had a problem with.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      left 34

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      I own 4 short scales basses( Mosrite, Danelectro, Ampeg & this Fender)and I play this bass 85% of the time. I have played (on & off) for 47 years so I am over trying to impress people with playing a 34" scale bass (P-Bass), etc. I have smallish hands (& 3 fingers, LH) and I LOVE this neck. To me, this plays better than any new Fender American bass I've seen. I have Fiesta Red which is a little more orange than other Fender "Fiesta Red" guitars I've seen. I like the "keep it simple" approach for the pickup and controls. If you have a good amp (AMPEG USA) you can tweak most basses... I don't care about how many frets it has, as I play LOW notes (it is a bass). If you heard this bass live, thru a good amp (AMPEG USA) with your eyes closed, it sounds just as good as any other quality bass, regardless of scale. Short scale basses will probably always get a bad rap compared to 34" full scale. Don't worry about impressing people with your gear, play what works for you.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bass

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      I just recently bought an antique white after wanting one for years . All I know is I love mine . Great Fender solid quality and that pickup which I thought would be replacing but after a setup it's just that punchy . Killer lil bass . If anything to scrutinize it should come with some lighter strings . 95s would be superb . All I can say is if you're wanting a shortscale this would be it .

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Bass

      By Edward Lea

      from Bayou State

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      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      This bass is good looking and great sounding too the pickups do a great job with the tone I have it running through an ampeg head and it is just fgreat
      Bought used but looked as new in perfect condition
      Beautiful bass
      Saved money over a new one and you can't tell difference

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      eeehh...

      By bruh

      from atl

      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      ive had this bass for a while now, i also have a jazz bass. i have small hands and i thought this bass would be a dream come true. maybe if i was 40 and had tendonidis it would be. for fast punk, this bass is a no no. strings dont have enough tension like a full scale. i found it hard to get a good set up with it, the frets always buzzed with a pick. it also has sort of a generic, vintage tone. not like a p bass like others say, a precision has a more in your face tone. will some one please buy this bass back from me? or trade for a P bass. if you are into country, blues, or anything thats sorta slow, this bass could be your soul mate. if your into punk jus stick with the good ole MM stingray or a Precision

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Little Pony

      By Bassfiddleriddle

      from Starkville, MS

      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      This is a great reproduction of the first run Fender Mustangs. I own an original from the sixties and have always enjoyed using it in any group I have been in. Recently while on a trip to Nashville I played the new ones and was extremely empressed with the quality and tone of these new mustangs. The only difference in these with the one I use is that mine is beat up and the finish is worn off. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a good solid bass. Another advantage that I particuraly like is how easy transitions between high and low neck playing is due to the short scale leangth. This is a first rate instrument!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      CIJ Mustang Bass

      By BigKidd

      from Raleigh, NC

      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      Waited two months for the (back-ordered) Vintage White for my wife. She loves it. I adjusted the "string action" for her and put flatwounds on it. She played a '78 Precision for years, but she now has finally find "her guitar". It was a bit neck-heavy, but a wide white strap anchored it on her small frame. Very "punchy" sounding and super "playable" for her. A finely crafted bass for smaller players. Quality Bass!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One Great Bass

      By Jeff from K Falls

      from Klamath Falls, OR

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      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      OK I have waited over a year to write this in order to allow the honeymoon period to pass. It's kind of still there. I love this bass almost as much as I love my wife. I am a trained guitar addict with over 40 years of playing time. I also have short fingerrs making short scale basses almost a necessity. For the last 7 years I have immersed myself in bass theory and exercise. This is a quality instrument, excellent workmanship, especially the well finished neck. Great fret work super smooth finish. It did need some intonation, but I do that with all my guitars as soon as I bring them home. For the dude that complained that "real" bass players look down on this, what can you say! I have had many great players tell me how well it sounds on stage and on a recent CD we recorded. Get over the vanity dude! I also prefer simple basses. 2 knobs, split coils and go. I run mine currently through a 450 Peavy Max with 4X10 cab, either through the house or when recording sometimes miked or directly in to mixer. Not the greatest for slapping, perhaps best suited for country, old rock, worship and can get a nice jazz tone from tweeking the amp. I do recommend heavier strings and preferably flat wounds. Make sure to order medium gauge as this is strung through the body, and short scale strings are too short. If the cloth material is a little long on your medium scale strings, simply peel it off, it's just decoration anyway. Yes I do enjoy this beauty if you have not noticed by now. Can't go wromg with this one.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow

      By wahman

      from Bedford TX

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      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      I played one of theese and i was impressed i started playing guitar but i play bass too and the samll frets and lightweight body made me feel like i was playing a guitar. It sounds beatiful and looks really cool. I highly reccommend it to anyone especially if you have small hands.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By fifthmortgage

      from Anaheim, CA

      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      This bass is great. It has a nice punchy sound and is short scale for the bassist with small arms or one who is used to playing the guitar. It's a really good bass although, the cost is more than some can handle, but it's worth it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great bass at an awesome price

      By Speedie John

      from Los Angeles

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      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      I like this bass so much I bought two of them. One red & one white. The Seymour Duncan pick-ups are great, it gets a sound very similiar to my vintage Precision. The lightweight body makes it easy to endure long rehearsals or gigs when I have to play multiple sets. The small neck makes it really easy to play, which is perfect since I have problems with carpal tunnel syndrome. I only wish Fender would make a competition Mustang Bass available. If they did I'd buy another!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful feeling to play

      By PinkPumaBass

      from Alton, IL

      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      This bass feels great to play, how it rests at your side. Its neck is fast and smooth and its strings sound clear and bright. I was disappointed with the color I received. I was hoping that it would be red, but this does not demerit this bass in any way. A wonderful bass with a wonderful feel to it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Cool Fender Bass!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      Great lightweight, (7.5 pounds) easy playing bass. Great replication of a Fender classic.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great short scale bass

      By mustangman-A3ocD

      from Michigan

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      Comments about Fender Mustang Bass:

      This is an impressive bass. I could not believe the sound on this thing. It was great, especially for parts like Alice Cooper's "Schools Out", but not if you want to play low funky bass parts.

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