Why no natural finsh for Mustang!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fuzzy beard, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Small rant!

    I know the mustang isnt the most sought after bass. But come on my only choices are white from fender or black, and sunburst from squeir!

    And no i cant find a natural finsh used:( I have been looking!
  2. Well - might be time for a trip to Home Depot for some sandpaper, a sanding block, sanding sealer, and a can of wipe on poly. :D
  3. Trust me i have thought about it! Are they one piece bodys?
  4. Squier also offers sunburst.
  5. Howzit


    Aug 23, 2011
    Pella, IA
    I'm wishing/waiting for a Jaguar bass is natural.
  6. arsie


    Jan 19, 2011
    That's it right there.

    The Mustangs have always been marketed as a lower end instrument, so they are more likely to have non-matching woods which mean a flat colour finish. I am sure there are exceptions, but we've not striped them all to find out.

    I've stripped an MIJ 90s Strat to find a veneer top and a giant knot on it. There goes the idea of a trans finish.
  7. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
  8. Not very bass friendly options for a mustang bass.
  9. Also i think the best one to sand would be the sunburst.Should have nicer looking wood.
  10. Only if around the edges it isn't painted black to cover the end of the pretty wood and it's pug-ugly.

    You may not like what you find.

    Ohh. Ohh! I had another epiphany! OSB with a nice vernier top.
  11. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Chances are the wood under there won't be very attractive.

    If you strip one, be ready to paint it a solid color again.
  12. bwoodman

    bwoodman Supporting Member

    You could always have John K build you a duplicate body out of swamp ash. He's building me a MusicMan Stingay 5 body now out of light swamp ash so I end up with an 8# bass instead of the 10+# boat anchors that most MM basses are! I always wanted an old Mustang from the 70s in natural, but the ones I've seen are always over $1500 or so.

    johnk vintage basses
  13. SlapHappy99


    Dec 27, 2010
    NY Metro
    I tried the sanding thing with a MIM Strat body and found all kinds of bits and pieces glued together under there. I guest there's a reason they're painted in solid colors.
  14. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    The 1976 Fender catalog:


    Me, 1979, with my '77 natural/maple Mustang!
  15. Love that natural/maple!!!!!
  16. Staunch

    Staunch Inactive

    I see stripped mustang bodies on ebay all the time... and the wood always looks interesting.
  17. 'Interesting' is such a catch-all word.

    I think OSB with a thick clear coat might be interesting too.
  18. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Me, 1979, with my '77 natural/maple Mustang!
    lowbrowmaxs.jpg [/QUOTE]

    That's one cool pic.
  19. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    I know that this is a Jag Shorty, but you could probably expect results like this:


    I bet that they do the same thing in that they use 3 or 4 pieces of wood for the body.
    I don't think it looks all that bad but YMMV.
  20. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    The wood is probably alder, which is not as attractive as ash. A friend stripped a Duo-Sonic (similar, low end guitar) and refinished it natural. I remember that it was two or three pieces, and it didn;t look like much. My natural ash FSR P has a very neatly matched two piece body, but Fender won't put that kind of care into a Mustang.
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