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The Fender Mustang Bass was introduced in the mid 60's as a partner to the Mustang guitar. Both featuring shorter than normal scales and simplified controls over what was available at the time these 'student' style guitars became a hit in alternative scenes where the Strat and Tele were just not quite right.
If you go back to the 60's and 70's most of the Mustang Bass guitars featured a single split coil pickup similar to what you would see on a P bass but a lot slimmer. Now this more modern and updated version is fitted with a very popular PJ setup featuring a P bass pickup in the neck and a J in the bridge. This gives you a great range of sounds at your fingertips so everything from hard rock to classic jazz is possible.
Short Scale Design
By shortening the scale compared to other bass guitars this model is incredibly easy to play as there is less tension on the strings. It also gives it a slightly different sound by adding some interesting midrange frequencies that are really not that often heard in bass guitar. Just for the big difference in feel and sound it is worthwhile having something like this in your collection as it will be like nothing else you own.
Here's what Fender say about the Mustang Bass
Since its original release in 1964, the Mustang Bass has been one of Fender's most enduring bass designs, finding its way into the hands of bassists ranging from The Rolling Stones to My Chemical Romance. This updated version of the short-scale underground hero adds the power of our venerable P Bass and J Bass pickups to the traditional Mustang design for flexible, thunderous bass tone with smooth playing feel and slick visual style.Powered by a time-tested pair of pickups, the Mustang Bass PJ is packed with flexible tone that can match any sonic requirement.
A punchy split single-coil P Bass middle pickup is joined by a growling Jazz Bass neck pickup in an unbeatable pairing that combines the best of both sonic worlds. Master volume and tone controls, along with a conventional three-way pickup switch get you to all available sounds. Not only is the 30" scale more comfortable for smaller hands, it reduces string tension, creating a looser playing feel that lends itself to nimble playing styles while adding a fat, "blooming" quality to the lower notes and sweetening the higher notes. Topped by a 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard with 19 medium jumbo frets, the "C"-shaped maple neck is comfortable for all playing styles.This bass' smaller body easily fits those with smaller frames while maintaining Fender's classic stylistic appeal, and is also great for energetic stage performances thanks to its light weight.
In a nod to its roots, this modernized instrument includes vintage-style Fender tuning machines and a vintage-style disc string tree, along with a four-bolt neck plate and standard four-saddle string-through-body bridge-all finished in gleaming chrome. A classic instrument, upgraded with features for the modern bassist, the short-scale Mustang Bass PJ is sure to please with its flexible sound, easy playing feel and slick style.
- Neck Pickup: P-Bass Pickup
- Bridge Pickups: Jazz Bass Pickup
- Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
- Pickup Selector: 3-way toggle
- Scale Length: 30"
- Neck: Maple
- Neck Shape: 'C Shape'
- Neck Finish: Satin Polyurethane
- Tuning Heads: Vintage Fender Bass
- Fretboard: Pau Ferro
- Fretboard Radius: 9.5"
- Frets: 19 Medium Jumbo
- Bridge: Hardtail Top-Mount
- Body Finish: Gloss Polyester