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Dating a Fender Mustang Reissue

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DeanT, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    And I don't mean taking one for dinner and a movie.

    I'm trying to tell the date of manufacture by the serial number. In particular, if the serial number starts with S + six digits (04 being the first two digits), when was it made? Can I assume it means 2004?

    The Fender web site doesn't have a listing for CIJ Fenders starting with S (it ends at R). I know the Reissues were introduced in 2002, so obviously it has to be 2002 or later.
  2. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    Haha, that is the first thing I thought of when I read the thread title. :D

    Sorry I can't help you with what you need, so I guess this post is rather useless. :D
  3. GoesThump


    Jul 13, 2007

    S should be 2005-2006 IIRC. Usually the letters are used for two years, sometimes more. 2002-2004 began with Q, 04-05 w/R, so S is most likely 05-06.

    If you want to be absolutely sure, send email to Fender customer relations - I've dealt w/them a few times & they've been very prompt on inquiries.

    We need a Mustang club here. :)

  4. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    Thanks Guys -

    I knew the headline would catch your attention!

    GT. I have one on the way. It's white with a Tort pickguard. I'm thinking of changing the pickguard though, since I'm not crazy about Tort. I'll live with it for a while though before I do anything.
  5. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    GT, you were close. The Mustang was made in 2007.

    I emailed Fender customer service and he's what they told me:

    Here is the information we have on that bass:
    Date: 2/5/2007
    Model Name: MustangĀ® Bass
    Model Number: 025-3900-(Color#)
    Series: Classic Series
    Body: Alder
    Neck: Maple, “C” Shape,
    (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
    Fingerboard: Rosewood, 7.25” Radius (184mm)
    No. of Frets: 19 Vintage Frets
    Scale Length: 30”
    Width @ Nut: 1.50” (38mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Standard Vintage Style
    Bridge: Strings-Thru-Body with 4 Individually Adjustable Saddles
    Pickguard: 3-Ply White Pearloid on (540) Fiesta Red,
    4-Ply Tortoise Shell on (541) Vintage White
    Pickups: 1 Special Design Split Single-Coil Mustang Bass Pickup
    Pickup Switching: None
    Controls: Volume, Tone
    Colors: (540) Fiesta Red,
    (541) Vintage White,
    (Polyurethane Finish)
    Strings: Super 5250XL p/n 073-5250-002 (Short Scale, .040, .060, .075, .095)
    Unique Features: Dot Position Inlay
    Source: Japan
    Accessories: None
    U.S. MSRP: $799.99
    INTRODUCED: 7/2002
    COMMENTS: Uses Case pn# 0996182200 $169.95
    WRENCH SIZES: 1.5mm Hex Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench
  6. kevmc28


    Feb 28, 2008
    Somerset, NJ, USA
    That's good since they never put out.
  7. GoesThump


    Jul 13, 2007
    Cool! Good info here.

    Sorry, this thread fell by the wayside for me. How are you digging your mustang?

    I didn't like the tort much either - ended up w/the white pearl PG on mine, looks pretty.

    Great bass! :)


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