Fender Mustang Electric Guitar
The Fender Mustang is a solid body electric guitar produced by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. It was introduced in 1964 as the basis of a major redesign of Fender's student models, the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic. read more
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I've always thought the Mustang was a very cool, edgy guitar. I have a thing for vintage Fenders, and would LOVE to get a 1965 (pre-CBS) all-original Mustang in Dakota Red. Don't really care about the condition - some nice wear, dings, and scratches are cool with me.
killer guitar with some drawbacks
I have two 1965 Mustangs, both in Dakota Red; one has a 24" scale and the other has a 22.5" scale. The guitars are very easy to play for me; I have small hands and the spacing of the frets on a full-size Fender sometimes makes it hard for me to play certain chords. On the Mustangs I can easily make chords that were out of reach on my 25.5" Stratocaster.
The downside is the guitars sound a bit thin when you play clean, as they are small and have single coil pickups. But when you play through distortion this is not a problem.
What is a problem, however, is the placement of the pickup switches just above the areas of the pickguard where a guitarist will be moving his or her hand back and forth while picking and strumming. This can result in a sudden accidental silencing of the guitar, if you have one pickup turned off and then accidentally knock the other one into the off position.
I have had many different guitars, including the most popular ones, but the reason I love the Mustang is that I love the short scale size (especially as a gal), dig the comfortable curves (like a Strat, not just a block body), drool over the possible pickup combinations (out of phase Tele sounds!! And love how you can turn the pickups off so you can flick the switches to cut your sound in and out), and honestly just think it looks so cool. I have the fiesta red (FAVE Fender red...looks amazing in person, like it's a salmon-y/orangish red that has been faded after 50 years.....sigh) Kurt Cobain model. ALSO, I love how the switches don't stick out as much and also love the hot Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge. Can I say love more?
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The Fender Mustang is a solid body electric guitar produced by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. It was introduced in 1964 as the basis of a major redesign of Fender's student models, the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic.