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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / Pawn Shop Series



May 19th, 2011 08:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Those look very cool- especially the Mustang Special. I wonder if it has a coil splitter among it's switches. Anyone know? Might wait a while till some used ones start showing up...I think the Mustang Special would look really nice sitting next to my '73 Sunburst Mustang!



May 25th, 2011 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

I found out that the two slider switches above each pickup are indeed coil splitters! Now I have bad GAS for one!

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White Bear Lake, MN

May 30th, 2011 12:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I love the Mustang neck and shorter scale. The only drawbacks of the original (I owned and played a '66 in a HS rock band) were the slightly weak pickups and the bridge/trem system. It looks like the Mustang special took care of both of these concerns. I want one...bad! Are they in stores like GC yet? I only buy what I can touch and test.

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White Bear Lake, MN

May 30th, 2011 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, GAS got the best of me, and I ordered a Lake Placid Blue Mustang Special from the Guitar Center near me. Got the Memorial Day 15% off. It should be here by Friday. I can't wait!

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May 30th, 2011 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Reminds me of the Swinger/Musiclander and others: "new" designs intended as a way to use up various parts in stock.

But you know me...I'm all about mutt guitars!

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White Bear Lake, MN

May 30th, 2011 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

If this don't make you want one, nothing will...

Fender Mustang Special (CAR)

Wayne Campbell


Not just a place, but a state of mind
Jun 1st, 2011 10:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played a few of these today and was very impressed! The '72, while looking a bit strange, really sings



Jun 21st, 2011 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played a Candy Apple Red Mustang Special Friday @ Guitar Center. Hoping they have some good sales over the 4th (they always have holiday blowouts)...maybe pick one up then!

Since I have a '73 vintage sunburst 'Stang, a Jag-Stang, and a Jaguar, I figure I need this to add to the collection ! (wife may not agree LOL)...Pickups are definitely good. The bridge I really don't care one way or the other. I've never had a problem with the '73 Bridge or the Jag-Stang ever. Kinda wish they would've put the original style bridge on it actually...but they are sweet sweet guitars!! GAS GAS GAS!!!!



Jul 9th, 2011 03:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

What on earth are Fender thinking about making these crazy things? It's like they're parodying themselves. If they go on like this they're going to lose credibility.

(This message was last edited by luke589 at 09:01 AM, Jul 9th, 2011)



Jul 15th, 2011 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Getting GAS bad. Should have enough gig money squirreled away by August to get a Red Mustang Special. They really are a nice guitar and it will be totally gig-worthy since Fender was smart enough to equip it with the Coil Taps...nice...



Jul 15th, 2011 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

If anyone is interested, I just ordered a red Mustang Special. But there is a large backorder on the Mustangs- Estimated Delivery date is October! Not that I'm in a hurry. Just FIY...



Sep 29th, 2011 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

My Candy Apple Red Mustang Special showed up yesterday! I must say it exceeds all expectations. From the finish quality, feel, and msot of all, how it sounds. The fender Humbuckers that come with it sound awesome! I played it through both my Peavey Classic 30 tube amp, and my new Mustang III DSP amp. For the heavy rocker songs, it has a beefy low end tone to it that will rock with anything out there! Split the coils and it gets a nice Fender twang. It probably isn't as authentic as the true single Strat coil in my '82 Bullet, but, once it really does sound good IMO. Maybe more prescence than the Strat single coil.

Someone mentioned the body is bit smaller than the original Mustang. I sat it side by side with my '72 Mustang, and yes, it is a bit shorter. However, when you look at by itself you won't notice the difference. One difference I noticed is the neck is a bit fatter than the vintage '72 neck or the neck on my Jag-Stang. But it's still a nice feeling neck!

My only addition and suggestion would be for Fender to add a nice "skunk stripe" on the back. My '82 Bullet and '04 Jaguar HH have those and I think it would look nice.

Anyway, you should really try this- it plays so smooth and sounds awesome! Loving it!! GAS is satisfied (for the moment anyway ;)

John P
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Heart of Dixie USA

guitar players have their pick
Oct 6th, 2011 09:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

My blonde '51 just arrived. It is visually stunning and plays great. Haven't heard it through an amp yet (I had it delivered to work). If it sounds amywhere near as good as it looks I am gonna be one happy camper.



Oct 6th, 2011 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey John, I will be very interested to see how it sounds. I've read good things about the '51.

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Oct 6th, 2011 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Don't see the stripe getting added, none of the other Mustangs have them from Japan and both models are RI (65 like we have here and a 69).

My 69RI has the usual thin Mustang neck, makes my MIM Jag CP's feel like a bat, not in a bad way, but it's a bat.

Biggest difference on the MIJ Mustangs I noticed immediately (and still notice after a few weeks) is the weight.

They don't weigh anything.



Oct 7th, 2011 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I played a 72 Surf Green Pawn Shop at a local music store and fell in love with it immediately. The Mustang looked great, but the neck was too small for my hands. Plus the Mustang was a bit too muddy in the tone dept...and I played it through a few amps. As soon as I played the 72, WOW! And it's a fairly heavy guitar too. It looks light, but it's not.

So I sold my 1950's Surf Green Mexican Strat on Ebay to get this guitar. It's AMAZING! One of the best necks I've ever played. The tones are superb. The blender knob is really cool, I love the versatility of it.

And it stays in tune really well. I played a show 3 weeks ago, put it in the gig bag, took it out a dozen or so times to practice it on it without an amp, played a rehearsal with my band this past week and it was still in perfect tune! I've never had a guitar that did that. I'm one happy Fender camper!



Oct 7th, 2011 09:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

BTW, I bought this guitar through the Music Farm online for only $639. with Free Shipping. A great bargain. It was $789. at my local guitar store.

I was concerned that the neck would not be as good as the one at my local music store, I don't like buying guitars over the internet. But the neck was just as fast and the frets were perfect. It's just the coolest guitar I have ever seen. I know a few folks have said that it is ugly, but not to my eyes. Fender created a beauty IMO.

Now I'm saving up for a nice blonde vintage Strat since I sold my Surf Green Mexican 1950's Stratocaster. Part of the fun is in the hunt!



Oct 7th, 2011 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is cool SurfStrat- thanks for the review.

I actually thought the Mustang Special sounded pretty bright and crisp when you engage the coil splitters. The trick is the Mustang slider switches do different things than an original Mustang. In the middle position, the full humbucker is on. Slide it one way or the other and you engage the coil splits- but it gives you a choice of which part of the humbucker to split. You'll have to experiment a bit to see what you like. I play mine through my new Mustang III amp, and with the '65 Twin Reverb Clean patch, it sounds amazing! It sounds awesome through my Peavey Classic 30 tube amp too!

These are all really cool guitars IMO. The Mustang Special is a bit lighter than my '72 Mustang. I think due to the bottom of the body being a tad shorter. I do notice that the neck of the Pawnshop Mustang seems a bit 'chunkier' than my '72 Mustang or my Jag-Stang. It doesn't bother me- it's just different. I do like the jumbo frets.

John P
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Heart of Dixie USA

guitar players have their pick
Oct 8th, 2011 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile  


I have been playing through a Fender Mustang I amp and the '51 sounds great through it. The neck pickup does not have as much character as the neck pickup on my Tele (8502) but it has a nice clean tone by itself. When mixed with the bridge pickup it actually produces some really sweet jangly tones. The bridge pickup alone is excellent- not as hot as the humbuckers on my Mira but really sweet. I'm not in love with the coil-split sounds of the bridge pickup but it might be useful for specific tunes.

The build quality is excellent especially the neck. Everyone that has seen it says it is beautiful. I agree. Absolutely no regrets.



Aug 7th, 2012 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Everyone who has seem my CAR Mustang Special loves it. Nothing "ugly" about it! And I owne a 1972 original Mustang in suburst! They are both beautiful guitars and compliment each other a lot!

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