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.
In this photo, John Frusciante's red Fender Mustang can be seen next to him. In an interview with Vintage Guitar, he says: > I also have a red Mustang, and it’s fun. I feel like a different person on it, too, but it feels really comfortable, like an extension of me… but also that it’s a toy instead of a guitar. The same for the Duo-Sonic. Interview found [here](https://www.vintageguitar.com/3743/john-frusciante/), originally from Vintage Guitar's April 2009 issue.more
According to a Bonhams auction listing, Jimi Hendrix played a Fender Mustang electric guitar, in a Daytona Red finish. John Mitch Mitchell, formerly the drummer with Jimi Hendrix Experience, said that this guitar "was used by Jimi Hendrix at the Olympic Studio, London for the recording of "Alxis Bold as Love" and "Electric Lady Land" and was used by him on these two album." The auction continues to say that this Fender Mustang was "..part of the L series, which were among the last Fenders made before the company was taken over by CBS..." The original source can be found [here](http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/13055/lot/6781/).more
In this photo, Thurston Moore can be seen playing a Fender Mustang. On [this](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr134.html) website, it is said: "Used by Thurston: 1988 1988 -- GABDEG?? NOTES: A sunburst Mustang almost identical to Lee's that Thurston apparently used for a while in 1988. He can be seen using it at a photograph from the Roxy in November 1988, and it's on display (with the other sunburst Mustang) in the "Put Blood in the Music" documentary. I suspect it may have been in GABDEG... Sunburst body 2 black single coils Rosewood fretboard Pearl pickguard"more
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez poses backstage for a "1 photo and 1 photo only" with his 1974 Fender Mustang that's he's had since 2000. It's been seeing much action these days, it's his main guitar on this tour. Antemasque, The Observatory NP, San Diego, Calif. Used on various TMV recordings. This [article by Guitar Player Magazine](http://www.guitarplayer.com/artists/1013/the-methodical-madnesss-of-omar-rodriguez-lopez/11905) about the Octahedron Sessions states that the Mustang was made in 1964.more
On Sonic Youth's [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr25.html, it says, about Lee Ranaldo's Mustang: "Used by Lee/Jim: 1987-2009 1987 -- EADGBE (Beat on the Brat, Loudmouth, I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You, Today Yr Love, Tomorrow The World, Hotwire My Heart) 1988 -- EEEEF#F# (Cross the Breeze) (probably) 1989 -- EEEEF#F# (Cross the Breeze) 1990 -- EEEEF#F# (Cross the Breeze) 1999 -- DFCDFF (Nevermind, Small Flowers Crack Concrete, NYC Ghosts & Flowers) 2000 -- DFCDFF (NYC Ghosts & Flowers - JIM) 2001 -- DFCDFF (NYC Ghosts & Flowers - JIM) 2004 -- ?? (Eric's Trip - JIM) 2007 -- EEEEF#F# (Cross the Breeze - LEE) 2008 -- EEEEF#F# (Cross the Breeze - LEE) 2009 -- EEEEF#F# (Cross the Breeze - LEE) NOTES: The first of several Mustangs acquired by Lee, modified w/ a humbucker between the 2 single coils. After the gear theft in July '99, Lee dug this out to use on the new "nyc ghosts" material, then replaced it with a Jazzmaster for the 2000 tour, allowing Jim to use the Mustang. Lee returned to this guitar for 'Cross the Breeze' on the Daydream Nation shows beginning in '07. Sunburst body 2 black single coils, 1 humbucker taped in Rosewood fretboard Pearl pickguard Switches removed 2 knobs Infinity logo on upper wing Mastery bridge added circa 2009 Used by Lee in "Sugar Kane" video Listed as "MUSTANG" on 2000 set lists."more
Pat talks about his 2nd guitar here: How long did you play the ES-140? I didn’t have it very long when my family took a plane to Minocqua, Wisconsin, to see my grandparents, on Ozark Airlines. I checked my guitar, and when we got to Minocqua, I opened the case to find shards. It was heartbreaking for me. Ozark Airlines said, “How much is that guitar worth?” And my dad, knowing that I paid $60 for it, said, “It’s worth $100.” (laughs) So they gave me 100 bucks and I went to a music store and bought a Fender Mustang. No idea why. It didn’t work for me at all.more
1:30 in the video gives the first clear shot featuring Blixa with the Mustang. The blue Mustang seems to be Blixa's instrument of choice and has remained so for all of his Bad Seeds career. Blixa's even less talkative about gear than Rowland was, so there doesn't seem to be any information about regarding specifics, but it's probably a fairly safe bet that Blixa's used the same Mustang as his main since he got it, since it's always a Sonic Blue with a white pickguard, and it seems improbable that Blixa's ideology would allow him multiple identical instruments.more
"That’s correct. I was having the guitar refretted by my friend Maureen Pandos [of MDP Bassworks in Portland], and when she was setting it up she said, “Do you still want to just do five strings?” I said, “Yeah,” and she said, “Do you want to commit to it? If so, I can make you a 5-string nut and then you’ll be able to use more of the fretboard.” I said, “Fuck it.” So there it is. It is nicer with the 5-string nut. Before, there was a 1/4" of the neck that wasn’t getting utilized—now the strings are nice and equally spread out." He actually plays 2 5-stringed Fender Mustangs, one from 1964 and one from 1965.more
PUNK GLOBE: Are you still primarily playing Fender Jaguar guitars? Eric Erlandson: I play anything and everything. The days of vintage guitar snobbery are over. Boring. Leave it for the lawyers, brokers, and collectors. My favorite is my baby blue 60s Fender Mustang, because it has so much soul. I was happy to see the guitar player in Savages using one. But, really, sound and magic come from the person playing, not the quality of the wood or instrument. "The days of vintage guitar snobbery are over. Boring. Leave it for the lawyers, brokers, and collectors."more
"Last up is a modified Fender Mustang with a Duncan JB in the bridge, a stock neck pickup, and a Tune-o-matic-style bridge. DePoyster strings this bad boy with D’Addario EXL116s, and tunes it to dropped D," states [this](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/20659-rig-rundown-the-devil-wears-prada) rig rundown, by Premier Guitar.more
(Editors Note: When Melvin Taylor was growing up, the guitar was unquestionably the most popular item in the house. But he didnt have one to call his own until he reached his teen years and obtained a Fender Mustang. Soon after, he stepped up to a Wes Montgomery-style Gibson ES-120 hollowbody, and a love affair commenced.)more
amazing guitar that i acquired at a great price. Great tone on the single coil pickups, great in/out of phase sounds. my only complaint is the terribly loose tremolo system and the fact that it is a pain to string.
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?
I bought one for half off, it had a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge. Monster guitar. It feels a little small because of the scale length and neck shape, but you get used to it. I was in love the first time I played it.