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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B-Mac, Sep 14, 2018.
What is this? Can you tell me anything?
It's a long scale Mustang. American made, I think. From the 80s? Cool basses. Tele head stock. Chunky neck. I've only ever seen them in some sort of butterscotch/yellow color.
Yeah likely USA made. There were both USA and Japan models. And I think they even overlapped in production at some point.
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Every time those pickups were installed in a bass, they made an audible “dink” sound.
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I think they came in both 30" and 34" scale.
That one in the picture was stripped, and has the wrong knobs.
Early 80s, entry-level-model. I remember the necks being quite thin, actually, but there might have been several profiles offered. Pickup is meh at best IMO, other than that a decent starter instrument and then some. Excellent modding platform in my view, but not a "forgotten gem" by any stretch of imagination.
My $0.02 only...
Correct. It has been stripped and re-finished. I'll have more to tell you about it in a few days. I like the finish on the fretboard.
My first instrument was an '84 Squier Bullet - the pickguard has a bit different shape
Nope. You got the knobs right. But they actually made that bass in a walnut finish with a black metal guard.
I stand corrected, then.
Those must have never made it to Europe in any significant quantities back in those days because I don't even remember seeing that colour as an option...and I worked for someone who sold a *lot* of Fenders at the time...
yes they did
Maybe they did make some different profiles, because the two I played had MASSIVE necks. I love the huge neck, it’s one of my all-time favorites on this bass.
Unfortunately, the body is pretty small, and doesn’t offset the neck size at all. The 34” Bullet neck dives like Dracula on a teenage girl.
as I remember the bullet series was basically entry level budget offerings that used up surplus parts (bodies, necks etc..). Some where pretty decent- there was a bullet guitar (Maybe a Lead I or II ) that had a great tele neck. Then they had an awful one that had a metal pickgaurd that was bent up 90 degrees at the end with the strings saddles attached to it. Most were nothing to get excited about.
I'm going to have nightmares tonight for sure.
It was surely the thing that nightmares are made of!
great way to get a vintage fender bass on the cheap. those mustang pickups sound great. love the walnut color. i don't love the chunky necks and maple but it's cheap and vintage fender you can't get everything you want.
Naw man. My buddy still has that Bullet guitar with the metal pickguard. He bought it new in 83. It's fantastic. If you think of it like a strat you'll probably be disappointed. They're much closer to a duosonic or a mustang. They're selling for around $800-$1000 on Reverb these days.
I had a red bullet bass , all maple neck , made in USA . Tele headstock , no contours (like a stingray classic). I always thought of it as a precision with a mustang pickup. Nothing felt cheap, really, just odd to have a mustang pickup on a tele/precision .
If the price is right , I’d grab it.
Another smoothie from the Fender blender.
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