When I noticed these guitars popping up on social media, I was ecstatic. I missed the boat on getting a Mustang with P90s when Fender discontinued the Modern Player Mustang. I was also very happy to hear that these guitars were to be made in Mexico rather than in China like the Modern Player line.
I was very excited when my local Sam Ash got one of these instruments in white. The neck has a satin finish on the back, and the headstock is finished in gloss. The fingerboard is rosewood, and the neck is a little beefier than say the '65 Mustang Reissue. The hardtail bridge is convenient without having to worry about the traditional mustang tremolo causing your instrument to go out of tune.
The one point where the guitar falls short is the pickups. The guitar seems to use the left over Modern Player P90s from previous year models. Though the bridge pickup sounds great for rock or driven guitar, the pickups do not have that characteristic P90 snap. The pickups are very dark, especially in the neck position. Though I usually put new pickups into my guitars, these pickups really fell short out of the box and that kind of let me down. I will be replacing these stock pickups with Porter Pickups Vintage wind P90s.
In the final chorus of the song ["California Bound"], there are these distorted guitar bends at the beginning of each bar, walking up the scale. That was a Fender Mustang 90 with a Dimarzio Tone Zone in the bridge.