In this Fender interview with the Cribs, brothers Ryan and [Gary Jarman](http://equipboard.com/pros/gary-jarman) talk about some of the Fender guitars the use and love: Ryan: “I use a pawnshop Mustang, exactly like this actually, Lake Placid Blue, I have the Pawn Shop Mustang and the [Venus](http://equipboard.com/items/fender-squier-venus-electric-guitar) are the two guitars that I use mainly. When [The Cribs](http://equipboard.com/band/the-cribs) first started I use to use vintage Mustangs, 70s ones. Because of the amount of touring we do…” Gary: “We’re pretty hard on our guitars, so we’ve stopped taking vintage stuff out. So it was really cool, Ryan got the Pawn Shop Mustang, it became like a workhorse guitar…” Ryan: “If there’s one thing I can say about this guitar is that it’s super reliable, really hard wiring.”more
I live in a typical London terrace. Space and storage being an issue and having previously played mandolin, I picked up a parlour size acoustic as my first guitar and soon found that small short scale guitars pleased my aesthetic. This mongrel of a Mustang features a smaller, thinner body than traditional Mustang but packs two Fender Enforcer humbuckers which can be each split into single coils. This delivers an instrument that, sonically, is remarkably versatile, yet in an extremely compact form. The Enforcer pickups make for a hot output too; here's a lithe little instrument that punches well above its weight. It's versatility is such that its pickups offer some 15 different tone positions. This allows me to reasonably approximate Strat, Tele and Les Paul style pickup configurations using just this one guitar, albeit with shorter scale response. So, rather than fill up my modestly proportioned living room with classic guitars, I now have a powerful weapon with which to resist such Gear Acquisition Syndrome. The Fender Mustang Pawnshop Special is a unique Swiss Army Knife of a guitar that will perhaps frustrate purists. It makes a fine upgrade for a beginner who perhaps wants to explore broader tone options; it's a fine guitar for a pro who wants to minimise the gear they carry around; it's brilliant for someone of a smaller frame and it's perfect for someone minimalist like me who wants a tidy 'all in one' quality instrument.