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fender Mustang... or is it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by picnic1, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. picnic1


    Apr 29, 2009

    I have a Fender Bass and i am trying establish what make it is. Normally you might say that this would easy however this case seems a bit tricky as this bass seems to made of different parts perhaps.

    See photos here


    The plate on the back has a "F" fender style but no number. the head says Fender but thats it, it could be a fake i dont now. I have just removed the neck and the butt has a stamp for "Webright" & the codes 0400 426 & 4265 are present on the butt of the neck. The body has somw smudged numbers (looks like 4digits) which are hard to decipher.

    I have had this bass for ten years and only now am i tryiong to figure out what i have.

    Any insight would be much appreciated.
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I had a real 60s Mustang and the headstock was nothing like this! In fact it looks fake to me - not even Fender...?
  3. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Looks real to me EXCEPT: one replacement (G) tuner from a G&L or Musicman methinks, repro pickguard, fake logo. Everything else looks legit to me.
  4. picnic1


    Apr 29, 2009
    Weird, the Tuning paegs are defo fender...?? hmmmmm
  5. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    While I admire it, I don't believe any student model was ever made out of ash - I could be wrong. They were usually paint grade, alder at best. I am aware of a very VERY few mahogany bodies.

    I bet it sounds killer.
  6. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    All the natural finish '76-'80 Mustangs were ash. No serial number on your neckplate because it was on the headstock before the s/n and logo were removed.
    Simple as that!
  7. the art guy

    the art guy Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2008
    I agree. Looks like a real Mustang, but the headstock logo is wrong. And the knobs, I believe.
  8. What other manufacturer, including aftermarket parts suppliers, used rosewood 'veneer' fingerboards other than Fender? This is not a rhetorical question, I really would like to know because this bass appears to have one.
  9. picnic1


    Apr 29, 2009
    Cheers, yeah i have to agree (after much research) that i believe new knobs have been added.

    The headstock logo is just down right bizarre (has anyone seen that before..??)

    The quest to date this continues.

    So basically i have a 70s mustang body and a Fender neck ( of some era) which has been doctored somewhat logo wise.

    Yeah the sound is so distinctive and i used to get some brilliantdeep woody sounds throuh my old Hartke set up :)

    Any further theories are welcome on what i may have :)

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