A well built guitar, with some technical flaws. Stock pickups are weak, crappy bridge, mediocre tuners, and the finish on mine decided to develop a huge crack from the tremolo to the side of the guitar (may have been my fault, undetermined cause as of right now). I essentially modded it to the Kurt Cobain specs. It plays incredibly, and is built incredibly solid for being a Squire. Squire has really stepped up their game, rivaling some of Fender's MIM stuff. All in all a good guitar with some modification.
"Out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. They're cheap and totally inefficient, and they sound like crap and are very small. They also don't stay in tune, and when you want to raise the string action on the fretboard, you have to loosen all the strings and completely remove the bridge. You have to turn these little screws with your fingers and hope that you've estimated it right. If you screw up, you have to repeat the process over and over until you get it right. Whoever invented that guitar was a dork. I guess I'm calling Leo Fender, the dead guy, a dork. Now I'll never get an endorsement." -Kurt Cobain, 1992
I, like many others, found profound inspiration and catharsis through Nirvana's music. I had bought the Jagstang in 1995 and was hooked on the hot and unrelenting sound the guitar's pickups had on a Marshall stack. Our cover of Territorial Pissings has this feedback crescendo that felt authentic enough to feel chills upon playback.
I just recently bought the Squier Vintage Modified Mustang for live purposes as I am looking for the same sound and feel the Jagstang provided me in the studio. The '65 body (no contours) and lightweight construction keeps me playing for hours without strain on my back. Seeing as I'm taking on lead guitar in my band, I plan to modify it, adding a Seymour Duncan JB to the bridge position, and fix the tailpiece to block the vibrato (which Kurt Cobain had done to keep it in better tune). He would remove the two springs for the vibrato bar, add washers to the posts beneath the bridge plate, which locked it down to the plate, then flip the tailpiece around allowing the strings to feed directly through the tailpiece, not under, and the ball ends of the strings would fit in the tailpiece's recesses. The Mustang's pickup switches are recessed from the original, making it less likely to become accidentally switched during play (a feature missed by Fender when mass producing the Jagstang) making it a bonus for me, seeing as I play rather aggressively.. All these and a kill switch button will be added to my axe by time we hit the road, giving me the reliability I need from an abrasive, stage ready facsimile of the Jagstang, the guitar solely responsible for shaping my sound. Any player looking for that sound (or a foundation for an affordable classic collection) would be glad to get their hands on the Modifed Mustang.