The Fender Mustang is a really interesting guitar that has been around since 1964. While there are plenty of versions of the Mustang available today none have the same vintage style and great value price of this Mexican Offset model. Featuring a vintage look and a pair of single coil pickups this certainly looks and sounds like a vintage guitar but the feel has been updated for better playability.
Single Coil Pickups
The Mustang is well known for coming with this classic pickup setup using two very low output single coils. While later versions features P90 and humbucking pickups in one or both of the positions its was this configuration that stayed in peoples minds. With bell like response mixed in with a great mixture of punchy mids these are full sounding pickups that work amazingly well with the shorter 24" scale length.
Speaking of that short scale it is one of the things that makes this guitar very special. At 1.5" shorter than your standard Fender guitar it has a bit more low end warmth and less harsh attack than you may hear on something like a strat. This means a smoother overal sound that is commonly described as 'hoopy' reffering to the very open midrange.
It also effects the feel of the guitar, making bends a lot easier as you have less tension on the string to get it up to pitch compared to a longer scale. Some will prefer this for the feel, others for the tone, and some for both all we know is that if you don't have a short scale guitar like this in your collection you are missing out.
Here's what Fender say about the Mexican Offset Mustang
Since 1964 the Mustang model has been bringing Fender sound and style to the stage and the studio in the hands of trend-setting players ranging from Nirvana to The 1975. Upgraded with performance-oriented features, this new Mustang sports classic style with modern electronics in an ultra-comfortable short-scale form that's easy to play all night long.Tonally flexible, the pair of angled single-coil pickups make every note and chord pop with authentic Fender tone.
These low-output pickups have a balanced voice with bell-like upper harmonics, punchy mids and thick lows for a sound that easily cuts through a mix. Master volume and tone controls, along with a three-way pickup switch craft your sound. Topped by a 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, the "C"-shaped maple neck is comfortable for all playing styles and ideal for players with smaller hands, or those who use extended chord forms. The six-saddle string-through-body hardtail Strat bridge increases sustain while the bent steel saddles add a touch of "cut" to your tone, and are adjustable for spot-on intonation. The 24" scale adds a bit of warmth and thickness to the guitar's inherent tone, while granting a slinkier playing feel, making it easier to perform multi-step bends.The guitar's smaller body is perfect for energetic stage performances and ideal for those with smaller frames while retaining Fender's famous ergonomic design aesthetic.
A gloss polyester finish protects the body while the neck bears a satin polyurethane finish for fast, easy playability. The aesthetic appointments add a touch of classic Fender style to this modernized design for dazzling style under the spotlights. A cult favorite, the Mustang has evolved from a student-oriented model to the underground champion that laid the foundation for grunge and modern alternative rock.
- Neck Pickup: Mustang Single-Coil
- Bridge Pickups: Mustang Single-Coil
- Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
- Pickup Selector: 3-way toggle
- Scale Length: 24"
- Neck: Maple
- Neck Shape: 'C Shape'
- Neck Finish: Satin Polyurethane
- Tuning Heads: Cast/sealed
- Fretboard: Maple
- Fretboard Radius: 9.5"
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Bridge: Hardtail Strat through body
- Body Finish: Gloss Polyester