Category Archives: mustang

Eric Byrne’s Fender Mustang Collection – Part 2

There are a couple more Gearwire vids of Eric Byrne’s Mustang collection. He even has Mustang, Jaguar, and Bronco bass guitars. Visit the links below to check them out.

Eric Bryne’s basses

Guitars And Guns Go Hand In Hand

Fender Mustang, Fender Squier Bronco, And Fender Jaguar: A Day At The Zoo With Erik Byrne Fender Basses

If you have an affinity for collecting mustangs, jaguars, jazzmasters and other similar guitars let us see your collection.

The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars from Blender.com

We like Best/Most/Worst/etc lists. They seem to generate great discussion in all kinds of directions.

So here we present you with Blender.com’s “28 Most Recognizable Guitars”. The Fender Mustang, as made famous by Kurt Cobain, comes in at a very respectable 14 on the list.

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

This list is shown below. You can also check out the Blender article which includes great descriptions and video links for each entry. (Blender article link)

  • 28. Buck Owens: Red, White and Blue acoustic
  • 27. Les Claypool – Primus: The Rainbow Bass
  • 26. Michael Angelo Batio: The Reverse Double-Neck
  • 25. Dave Grohl – Foo Fighters: Dan Armstrong/Ampeg ARMG-2
  • 24. Michael Anthony – Van Halen: Jack Daniel’s Bass
  • 23. Angus Young – AC/DC: Gibson SG
  • 22. Ace Frehley – KISS: Laser Guitar
  • 21. Albert King: Gibson Flying V
  • 20. Zakk Wylde – Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society: The Grail
  • 19. Jerry Only – The Misfits: The Devastator
  • 18. Billie Joe Armstrong – Green Day: Blue
  • 17. Bootsy Collins: Space Bass
  • 16. Dimebag Darrell Abbott – Pantera/Damageplan: The Dean From Hell
  • 15. Rick Nielsen – Cheap Trick: Hamer Five-Neck
  • 14. Kurt Cobain – Nirvana: Fender Mustang
  • 13. ZZ Top: Dean Spinning Fur Guitar/Bass
  • 12. Gene Simmons – KISS: Axe Bass
  • 11. Eric Clapton: Blackie
  • 10. B.B. King: Lucille
  • 9. Jack White – White Stripes: 1964 J.B. Hutto Montgomery Airline
  • 8. Bo Diddley: The Big B
  • 7. Willie Nelson: Trigger
  • 6. Prince: Purple Glyph Symbol Guitar
  • 5. Paul McCartney – Beatles: Hofner Violin Bass
  • 4. Jimmy Page – Led Zeppelin: Gibson SG Double Neck
  • 3. Elvis Presley: Martin D-28 Acoustic
  • 2. Eddie Van Halen – Van Halen: Frankenstrat
  • 1. Jimi Hendrix: Fender Stratocaster

Tightening that Dynamic Vibrato tremolo arm

A common question of new owners of guitars with a Dynamic Vibrato is how to keep the tremolo arm in the tailpiece bar. The tremolo/bridge unit of the Fender jag-stang and most mustangs is a Dynamic Vibrato, so this article applies to both the jag-stang and mustang.

The first thing to know is that the tremolo bar itself does not “snap” or screw into place like the tremolo bar of a stratocaster. The tremolo bar is held in place by pressure from a small allen screw in the tailpiece bar.

The photo below points to the location of this allen screw. Note the location indicated by the blue arrow pointing into the end of the tailpiece bar.

dynamic vibrato tremolo screw

So to hold your tremolo bar in place get the bar in a position you are comfortable with and then snug the screw in the end of the tailpiece using a 4mm (or 5/32″) allen wrench. Don’t over tighten this screw. (see below)

dynamic vibrato tremolo screw

So another very common problem is that the screw in the end of the tailpiece bar will be missing. They fall out very easily.

There are not a lot of options for finding a replacement screw. You may have to buy an entire dynamic vibrato tailpiece that includes the screw. Or another option would be to pull the tailpiece bar off the guitar and take it into your local hardware store looking for a screw that will fit.

[If anyone has found an exact replacement for this screw please let us know the details and we’ll add it to this article.]

Modified MIJ Fender Mustang – User Video

Dave Fisher has put together a great video showing off his modified 1996 Fender Mustang. You can check it out below. His modifications include Rio Grande neck pickup, new wiring, blocked bridge, graphite nut / string tree, and more!

If you have a video showing off your modified (or even non-modified) jag-stang, mustang, jaguar, jazzmaster, etc.. feel free to let us know about it and we can post it up here for all to see. Fill out the contact form to get in touch with us.

Nice mustang Dave!

The Fender Mu-uar: part Mustang, part Jaguar

So if you’ve looked into the Fender Jag-Stang a bit you know the name jag-stang comes from combining the names of the Fender Jaguar and Mustang. Even though the jag-stang is mostly a weirdly shaped, un-contoured, mustang with a humbucker and very little jaguar influences it still has the 1/2 and 1/2 name.

Sindre Bremnes has created a conceptual design of a Mustang and Jaguar combination that he calls “the antithesis of the jag-stang”, the Fender Mu-uar. He’s even done an amazing bit of photoshopping to create some images of his conceptual design.

Fender Mu-uar

Fender Mu-uar (blue)

Here are the technical specs of his conceptual design:

  • Neck: Maple, 24.75″ scale length
  • Fretboard: Rosewood, 22 frets
  • Body: Alder, modified Mustang (left) and Jaguar (right) shape
  • Pick-ups: Mustang single-coil (neck), two Jaguar single-coil pick-ups (bridge)
  • Controls: Master volume, master tone, four-way pick-up selector
  • Bridge: Hardtail Strat style

I have to admit it has a very cool look and vibe to it. It does seem to have some similarities to the recently discontinued Fender Cyclone that we talked about last week in this article. Nice work Sindre!

You can see a larger photo of his Fender Mu-uar by following this link.

If any of you have come up with any other conceptual designs for “alternative” Fender guitars contact us and we may feature your design on jag-stang.com in a future article.