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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / New 2016 Fender Mustang



Oct 14th, 2016 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Last week I went to Rainbow Guitars here and tried out the new offset Fenders. Tried out all four models unplugged. Heard the Duo-Sonic with the humbucking pickup briefly through a Kemper on high gain. With all of the gain it could have been a Starla, or the like, if I didn't actually view the guitar being played.
Played the olive Mustang through a Magnatone Varsity (reverb model). The bridge pickup got somewhat snarly...nice surprise. Both pickups can get "Tele-bright". Short scale makes bending quite easy of course...thought the .010-.046 strings were a lighter gauge. Neck is a decent thickness and is the typical "C" profile. Tight grain. Nice maple fingerboard. No dead spots and no fret buzz. I really liked it. Looks really cool in person.
Went back today with fresh ears and it still sounded good (used the same amp as last week...I use a current-model Magnatone Varsity non-reverb model). Asked them to have a tech lower the action. They did promptly. Played great.
Bought it about two hours ago. The age of the stealth guitar is in full swing.

FDP Data Goon

When I sin

I sin real good
Oct 14th, 2016 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I should love them. I've played Mustangs since '90 or so.

But a Mustang without the funky trem just doesn't work for me.



Oct 14th, 2016 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Probably played my first one back around 1968 or so but I am just not as much a purist anymore. Like my Magnatone Varsity amp...in no way is it close to the originals...and that's a good thing.

FDP Data Goon

When I sin

I sin real good
Oct 15th, 2016 05:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, if it's a good guitar, it's a good guitar.

Mustang for me has to have two things: the pickup placement (including angle) and covers (for the classic Floyd whale-sound harmonics fretting the B and E on the pickup itself) and the trem system (which I use pretty much as a divebomb only, and that by lifting the lipstick with my palm versus the bar).

Missing either and I'm not a happy person, but those are the two things that make it magical for me.

Otherwise I'll just take a Jaguar for my 24" scale fun. ;)



Oct 15th, 2016 05:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Re: your last sentence: I have accidentally called this new guitar a Jaguar. More than once.



Sep 2nd, 2017 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Update: My Mustang remains at #1 in my electric guitar trio nearly a year later. Second is my Danelectro 59MJ and bringing up the rear is my-now-for-sale Anderson Classic. Only amp is a newer Magnatone Varsity (non-reverb model) and play with no pedals. I use the newish NYXL strings from D'Adarrio and had the following Fralin pickups put in to boost it a hair. My review is the first one.

BS pickups



Oct 14th, 2017 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Today marks my one-year anniversary with this guitar. It remains #1. Emphatically.

Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

I'm an old guitar hassler
Oct 26th, 2017 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My local dealer has several Mustangs and Duo-Sonics in stock. They're pretty nice-looking guitars, except maybe for the pumpkin one.

Have never tried one out, but probably will one of these days when I'm there. Glad you're enjoying yours!


Mesa, AZ

Oct 29th, 2017 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Joe, give them a try. Despite being able to palm a basketball I really like the 24" scale...slinky bends and a little less 'harsh' tone.

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