Plexiglass electric bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Marc PG, Aug 7, 2021.

  1. Marc PG

    Marc PG

    Jul 25, 2021
    In an interview, Bill Wyman said "I also played a see-through Plexiglass Fender Mustang for a while..."

    I've been trying to find a photography of the instrument he mentions, but I can't. I know of an Ampeg Dan Armstrong plexiglass electric bass and there are photos of him playing it, so it makes me doubt a lot.

    Does anyone know if that plexiglass Mustang has ever existed or if he just told wrong? And when was the Dan Armstrong plexiglass bass introduced?

    Thank you!
  2. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    The Dan Armstrong was introduced around 1969. I think Wyman's memory may be playing tricks on him here, and what he actually had was a D.A.
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    He was playing the Mustang in the same period as the Armstrong. The 1969 Stones tour used an all Ampeg backline and both Bill and Keef had Armstrongs. The "Get Yer Ya Yas Out" back cover shows Keef with his Armstrong. It also shows Bill with his Mustang.

    I've never seen a plexiglass Fender, but i have seen plexiglass FSOs.
  4. He’s most likely thinking of the Dan Armstrong and crossing it up mentally with the Mustang.
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  5. Clank Plank

    Clank Plank Inactive

    Dec 26, 2020
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    The Custom Shop will make them. And I remember Nile Rogers playing a clear Strat with Chic in the 70's, but I don't know who made the body. Me, I'll pass. I'm trying to lose weight on my basses, not add it!
  7. Williethump


    Sep 10, 2017
    How do they smell? Is this the model with the acrid odor?
  8. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    I have a bunch of screw drivers and nut drivers with the same nasty smell.
  9. Yeah, I had an Ibanez DA plexi copy 6 stringer (non-bass) in the early 70's and it weighed very heavy on my shoulder! I still regret selling it, though.....
  10. Like this?
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  11. You can Google "acrylic bass" and look thru all of the different designs, but I've not seen any in the Mustang design. Some are somewhat close, but no cigar. Like Jimmy said, Fender's Custom will do them, so maybe they offered to make him one.

    Fender CS Lucite Bass.jpg

    This is the closest I could find to the Mustang by Fender.

    Fender Lucite Bass.jpg

    Edit: Appears Fender refers to them as Lucite.
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  12. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Anyone thinking that these are cool - well, they are cool to look at. Just know that Acrylic is dense stuff - about 2x as dense as the wood they normally use on basses.
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  13. I have seen the odd picture of a Fender plexiglass guitar. I believe they were meant for salesmen to take around to the dealers in the 60’s to show what was going on under the skin and to possibly display for customers. Then off to the next store. I am not aware of a mustang made that way.
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  14. Rock stars can get things that mere mortals can only dream of, get over it.
  15. whero


    Aug 28, 2016
    I see what you did there...
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  16. Just to provide a data point, I just weighed my MIJ Dan Armstrong copy. It weighs 9lbs 13oz.
  17. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I have a full scale bass that's 6.6 pounds. 9 pounds 13 ounces is well beyond what I'd ever play. Yes, there are heavier basses, but that's pretty hefty for a short scale.

    I'd guess the body on those is a bit thinner than normal (to keep things somewhat reasonable) - how thick is yours?
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  18. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I played a Dan Armstrong when they were first introduced circa 1969 it was incredibly heavy, the neck was weird. Just not my kind of bass. I know they had removable pickups that you could swap out on the originals.
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  20. Mine was probably just like the one on the right. It had the same bridge.