1966 Fender Mustang "Customized" model?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by lwender, Mar 7, 2022.

  1. Hey everyone, I have in my temporary possession an all original 1966 Fender Mustang which is on loan from a friend and local bassist. I am in the process of cleaning it up and doing a fret levelling job and setup to get it back in playing shape. I was just curious if anyone here on TB knew anything about the headstock "Customized" decal? I've looked everywhere and can't seem to find another like it, just wondering if it's super rare or something?
    The owner bough this bass in 1978 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and played it mostly during his teen years. It has been sitting in his basement unused for many years.

    And before I get flamed, I did NOT install those strings!...lol I'll be restringing with flats....

    I posted originally stangstock.jpg this over in basses forum but not getting much interest, thought I'd try here....


    Anyway, check it out, it's a super cool bass! casestang2-jpg.jpg headstockstang-jpg.jpg neckdatestang-jpg.jpg neckplatestang-jpg.jpg pickups-stang-jpg.jpg potsstang-jpg.jpg potsstang2-jpg.jpg
     
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  2. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    Neat old bass - that customized script looks like the old "Letraset" rub-on transfers we used to use all the time for pre-computer office and academic work. Can you take a pic from an angle that will show any background or decal layering? You should be able to take a pic of the headstock with a bright oblique light that will highlight the thickness of the original Fender decal. Those old decals were floated onto decal material, whereas the Letraset transfers had no such decal backing. They were individual letters or pre-done words and phrases that were rubbed onto another surface through the transfer-paper. If the "customized" is a full-on era-correct decal (doubt it), it will have a clear surround of decal material that allows it to be floated as a single piece. The right light angle will definitely allow you to see this.

    Suffice it to say, I don't think that's original and it's more likely to be an add-on done later, but you never know. Have you discovered anything about it that might lead you to think it's a 'customized' Mustang? I ask because it looks pretty bone stock to me. :D
     
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  3. skycruiser

    skycruiser

    Jan 15, 2019
    Subbed with the hope that you'll post some "after" pics! Cool bass.
     
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  4. As per request, here are some more pics of the decals and more! stanglogo1.jpg stanglogo2.jpg stanglogo3.jpg stangstock1.jpg stangblem1.jpg stangblem2.jpg stangblem3.jpg stangblem4.jpg stangfull.jpg stangdots1.jpg stangdots3.jpg
     
  5. I tries to get the light as "oblique" as possible, trying multiple angles but couldn't see any outline surrounding the decal itself. It is most definitely under the finish though and not applied after.

    I've included some shots of the unusual "melted" finish blems as there's an interesting story behind them. The owner was playing a mosquito infested outdoor show many years ago when one of the well meaning audience members decided to spray him mid performance with some kind of bug spray! He said he never thought much of it at the time, finished the show and put the bass back in it's case. Next time he took it out he noticed the damage...in one of the pics you can see the imprint of the case liner in the melted finish!

    Also included some shots of the side dots... not sure if these are standard or not for that era but they look like mother of pearl (heavily laquered over).

    Whatever the case, it plays and sounds great now, I'm waiting on some Labella 760F Mus flats to come in so I strung it with some old flats I had laying around...two Sadowsky on the bottom and two Labella on the D&G...still sounds great...I really don't want to give it back!

    I think it looks perfectly at home in my stable... basses.jpg
     
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  6. Qlanq

    Qlanq

    Jul 9, 2007
    Swansea
    Nice.
    Did you take any pics of the pick-up?
    Had a Mustang in the early 80's, bought it for a weeks wage. Lovely to play.
    I still have the pups. Swapped them out for Dimarzio Ps.
    The numbers on my pups are: 7869.
    This was a bass I really shouldn't have let go.
     
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  7. No I never removed the pickguard or pickups, but you can feel the pole pieces under the plastic covers, either from wear or just the plastic moving with age I guess. They sound wonderfully full, very old Pbass like but a bit smoother midrange.
     
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  8. Clipped

    Clipped

    Aug 9, 2014
    Jersey
    A week older than me. Very nice bass.
     
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  9. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    That decal isn't from Fender. And the bass is dead stock, so it's a bit meaningless anyway. Sweeeeeet Mustang, though!
     
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  10. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    The only not stock thing going on with this bass is that the headstock strap button is missing. The hole looks to be filled.
     
  11. Seems to be a consensus so far re: the decal....must have been put there by the original owner maybe? I'll ask the current owner more about it, might be a story there. I also noticed looking through pics online that the Mustang Bass part of the logo with the "speedy lines" only seems to appear in basses from 1971 or so...which appears to be at odds with the date stamp on the neck heel. Anyone know if this is the case or was this type of decal in use earlier than 1971 and I just haven't been able to find an example?