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Peppy



Tucson

Oct 14th, 2016 07:37 PM        

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. <br /> 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. <br /> 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. <br /> Bought it about two hours ago. The age of the stealth guitar is in full swing.



reverendrob

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Oct 14th, 2016 07:50 PM        

I should love them. I've played Mustangs since '90 or so.<br /> <br /> But a Mustang without the funky trem just doesn't work for me.



Peppy



Tucson

Oct 14th, 2016 09:03 PM        

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.



reverendrob

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Oct 15th, 2016 05:19 AM        

Yea, if it's a good guitar, it's a good guitar.<br /> <br /> 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).<br /> <br /> Missing either and I'm not a happy person, but those are the two things that make it magical for me. <br /> <br /> Otherwise I'll just take a Jaguar for my 24" scale fun. ;)<br />



Peppy



Tucson

Oct 15th, 2016 05:53 AM        

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



Peppy



Tucson

Sep 2nd, 2017 10:15 AM        

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.



Peppy



Tucson

Oct 14th, 2017 02:21 PM        

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



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