Hi everyone! The reviews from people with actual hands on the new Pawn Shop Fender Mustang are few and far between. If you have one or have tried one out in your local shop we encourage you to share your opinions in the official review thread located here:
We often like to feature content from the forums on the blog. Forum member HNB has been working on some Mustang modifications and recently finished them up.
Mods: Hard tail with 6mm bolts and washers, metal dome knobs, SD JB trembucker, custom pickguardian.com parchment pickguard, and ’85 MIJ strat bridge pickup in the neck.
For more photos and details visit the Forum Thread Here.
Another new Mustang variant is now available from Fender! It’s being labeled as the Pawn Shop Mustang Special with the tagline “guitars that never were but should have been.”
Available in Lake Placid Blue and Candy Apple Red the MSRP for these is $999.99 which comes to a list price around $799.99. Some of the features that jump out are the 9.5″ radius neck, hard tail stratocaster bridge and additional pickup switching options.
Here’s the quote from the Fender series site about the guitar.
The Pawn Shop Mustang Special has a modified offset Mustang® body, ’60s “C”-shaped 24” short-scale maple neck, and dual Fender Enforcer™ humbucking pickups with ’70s-style covers and unique switching. Other features include a rosewood fretboard with modern 9.5” radius and medium jumbo frets, pickup toggle switch, three-way coil selector slide switch for each humbucking pickup (enabling 18 different tonal options), mint green pickguard, ’70s-style hard-tail Stratocaster® bridge, vintage-style tuners and strap buttons, and deluxe gig bag.
Links to check out for more info:
Fender recently put up a really good article on the history of the Fender Mustang. The article is definitely worth a read. [The Fender Mustang Guitar @ Fender.com]
Small excerpt from the article below:
Fender was keenly aware in the mid-1950s that there was much to be gained by offering “student” instruments for retailers who offered in-store music instruction. The thinking went that if beginners with beginner guitars stuck with it, dealers who offered lessons were well placed to launch them to the next level by selling them full-size Fender Telecaster® and Stratocaster® guitars. Hence the arrival in 1956 of Fender’s first two student guitars, the single-pickup Musicmaster® and the two-pickup Duo-Sonic™. Both were short-scale guitars (22.5” compared to 25.5” for the Telecaster and Stratocaster) at the low end of the price list ($119.50 and $149.50 respectively). Fender revamped its student guitar line in 1964 by offering both guitars in both short and medium (24”) scales and by introducing an entirely new guitar that August, the Mustang.
Via multiple gaming news sites comes news of Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5. (ign and evil avatar) The tracks in the game are Smells Like Teen Spirit and Lithium.
Looks like they have Cobain playing the humbuck-ified Fender Mustang in the game. See the photo and video below for a look at the virtual guitar and the lithium track as played in game.
I wanted to use this post to highlight a great thread in our forums. It is a post in the Fender Mustang section titled “Pics of Everyones fender mustangs“. It was started back in summer of 2008 and has over 5500 views at the time of this posting.
Below is a selection of photos from that forum post. If you have a Fender Mustang and haven’t jumped in on sharing your photos yet we encourage you to do so!
(Click an image for larger version)
We’ve kept a backup copy of the brillant Mr Maxima’s Fender Mustang Story web site at jag-stang.com for many years since it disappeared. We were recently contacted by Mr Maxima that he has revived the web site.
It’s now located at: http://fendermustangstory.com
We’ll be updating our copy of the page shortly to refer folks to the new site.
[Edit: Hope everyone had a fun April Fools Day and didn’t believe anything posted today, April 1.]
It’s a Jaguar Bass. It’s a Mustang Bass. No. It’s a Jag-Stang Bass!
Similar to how the Jag-Stang was created it looks like Fender has taken features from both the Fender Jaguar Bass and the Fender Mustang Bass and created the Jag-Stang Bass. There are not many details available yet but we did get a hold of a couple images.
Fender is expected to announce the Jag-Stang Bass at the Summer NAMM show.