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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / Mustang Special Tweaks



Dec 31st, 2011 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Got the CAR Mustang Special from the Pawnshop series. It came with 9's on it from the factory. I use all 11's on my guitars since I do rhythm, and with the shorter neck of the Stang, (I have a vintage '73, and a HH Jaguar), they respond and sound better IMO with 11's. Especailly since our band plays tuned down a half steo.

So I go to the music store and pick up some 11's and restring it. While playing it, the action seem way higher than it did with the 9's. And several of the strings are going out of tune badly. That's when I notice that 3 of the 6 strings have popped out of the nut! I put them back into the slots but guess what? They don't fit very well into the grooves! I pull out my '82 Bullet which has a new nut and 11's. The strings sit nice and tight in the grooves. Ditto for the '72 'Stang and the Jag. Hmm...so it looks like I have to replace the nut to use 11's on this. Why in the world would you design or make a nut that can't accomodate common gauge strings? So, at the moment, it's unplayable till I take it into my fav guitar tech and have him do a full setup, and figure out whether he can salvage the existing nut, or custome make another one for me like he did before! I really wanted to gig with it this weekend too!

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Dec 31st, 2011 08:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Can you open up the nut slots a bit so the strings fit? Take care to not make the slots deeper--just a tad wider.

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Dec 31st, 2011 10:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pretty much factory stuff is set up for 10s at most; 11s even on Mustangs aren't necessarily common.

I use 10s on my 'Stang and Jaguar.



Jan 3rd, 2012 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I got the Mustang Special tamed yesterday. I decided to lower the action and by doing that it helped nestle the 11's into the nut. They still don't fit as nice as my '73 Stang or my '82 Bullet- both with 11's. But they stay in. Also did an intonation as I was getting an out of tune sound even though it was in tune with open strings. It defintely was way sharp on several strings at the 12th fret.

So, it plays great now with the 11's. Low action and in tune!Whenever it does go in for a full setup in the future, I may have them file the nut a bit to help the strings fit even better.

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