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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Mustang clone project

Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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May 13th, 2019 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had a 1965 Fender Mustang since the mid-80s, and it sounds fantastic. The 24" scale makes it easy to bend strings, and strung with 11s or 12s it really punches.

I don't play it these days because it has a B neck that's pretty thin, which causes cramps in my fretting hand. These guitars were originally made for the student market, so small hands of the intended players were considered when the guitar was enginerded by the guys at Fender.

For many years I've considered sticking a fatter neck on it...but I never took the plunge. About two months ago I decided to do something aboout this. I'd just leave the guitar as is, and build one from the ground up that looks the part but has all the features I like.

So I collected the parts and ordered a '59 Roundback neck with SS 6100 fret wire from Warmoth. I leveled and polished the frets, shot it with amber nitro, applied a repro decal, bone nut, and clearcoated it. Pickups are Duncans. Switching is authentic to the original controls (on-off-on for each one) and there's the single volume and single tone controls.

This could very easily knock the R8 Les Paul from the #1 position. It is so easy to play and it sounds really thick for a "little" single-coil guitar.

Fiesta red PartStang

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May 13th, 2019 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Look pretty good. Did you source the body finished?

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I qualify!
May 13th, 2019 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dang.

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May 13th, 2019 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mucho like!

A ‘74 Mustang was my first electric guitar.

Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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May 13th, 2019 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

The body is light ash I cut from a slab while I was in TX. I used a tracing from my '65 Mustang. It's the same dimensions and like the original body with no tummy cut and no forearm relief.

Te 52

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May 13th, 2019 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice work! How long did you let the lumber season for?

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 06:39 PM, May 13th, 2019)

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May 13th, 2019 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Man that is awesome. Looks like the dark rosewood option from Warmoth.

I really need a Jag. 24" scale is really fine!

Great work!

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May 13th, 2019 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like it.....a great piece of work. Warmoth makes good stuff.

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American-made in Oz!!
May 13th, 2019 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice P!

Looks like a bought one ;^)


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Planet Peegoo

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May 13th, 2019 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

It does from the front...except there's no "Dynamic Fender Vibrato" stamped into the bridge plate because it's a knock-off.


"Nice work! How long did you let the lumber season for?"

Thanks! The ash sat in a west-Texas wood shop storeroom in rough-cut condition for more than 10 years. I think it's plenty dry :o)

a real one

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 07:47 PM, May 13th, 2019)

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May 13th, 2019 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I say we stamp you a plate, have it plated. Pee-goo-bar Pat. not Pend.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 13th, 2019 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Har! I'm not really a wang bar wanker. I rarely use one and only if someone requests that I do. It's not part of my playing style, I guess.

I do bend the neck to get wobbles and dips on chords and harmonic chimes. I was playing an open mic a week ago and I was bending the neck on my PRS. The other guitar player looked like he was going to fudge his Huggies. He asked me later if I was concerned about breaking the neck off. "Nope," I replied. If I were, I wouldn't do it."

I'd never do that move on another person's guitar though. It is risky. On a Gibson, it's tempting a disaster to occur. On a Fender, the worst that can happen is you strip the truss rod :o)

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May 13th, 2019 09:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Just *how* much pitch change are to bending to?

:^)


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Planet Peegoo

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May 13th, 2019 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not a lot, but enough to hear it. Maybe a third of a half-step or so.

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May 13th, 2019 10:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Too cool, and I love the story behind it!!

Achase4u
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May 13th, 2019 10:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Har! I'm not really a wang bar wanker. I rarely use one and only if someone requests that I do. It's not part of my playing style, I guess."

Ohhhhhh then how about "DO NOT USE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES"

:-)

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Planet Peegoo

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May 14th, 2019 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

"No Tugging"

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I'm back with the otters again
May 14th, 2019 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Absolutely beautiful. I love these student level guitars and basses and occasionally you meet one with tons of mojo. The originals were built with great quality materials and honest simplicity. Its a thrill to see someone with skill generating heart twisting riffs and tear pulling blues licks.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 14th, 2019 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

That would not be me.

But it might be a guy like Adrian Belew, who often played Mustangs in the studio and onstage.

Here he is with one of his modded 'Stangs, showing how he gets those weird sounds he's famous for.

Go to about 4:50 in the vid.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 20th, 2019 06:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Played the Mustang at an all-day jam on Saturday. The pickups sound quite different from my '65; I played ZZ Top stuff with it and it nailed that thick dirty tone really well. Very happy with the result of this project.

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