The original Fender Mustang was introduced in 1964 as part of the Fender Student model range, which incorporated the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic guitars. However, the Mustang would be discontinued in 1982. This was until a host of alternative rock bands, like Nirvana, decided to start using them and Fender decided to re-release the guitar in the 1990s.
Demand was high and the Mustang appeared on stages and shop floors everywhere. Fast forward to today and the Fender Mustang is the dark horse of the new Offset guitar Lineup.
Well-equipped for almost anything you can throw at it; the Fender Mustang has established itself as a versatile axe for any style of music.
THE ALL-NEW FENDER MUSTANG
A POWERHOUSE OF TONE & PERFORMANCE
Perhaps made most famous by Kurt Cobain, the Fender Mustang has gone from its roots as a student model guitar, to a pro-level option that players love. Associated with grunge, alternative rock and a myriad of different genres, the powerful, cutting sound of the Mustang really sets this guitar apart from any other offset option. Now updated with modern reliability, sustainable tonewoods and in a range of different series’, there’s never been a better time to get your hands on a Mustang guitar. With the launch of the Fender American Performer Mustang, gigging players can now benefit from an American-Made Mustang at a very attractive price point. The new Vintera series Mustang is an affordable option for players who want a Made In Mexico guitar and the Squier Mustang offers incredibly playability and performance for a small budget.
WHAT DO THE SLIDE SWITCHES ON THE FENDER MUSTANG DO?
In short, the two slide switches found above the Mustang pickups turn the neck or bridge pickup on or off. This means you can isolate the pickups or blend them. When the switches are facing the same direction, whether towards the bridge or neck, both pickups are on in parallel and in phase. Go the opposite way and the pickups are then out of phase. However, should you put both the switches in the centre position, they will be turned off.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FENDER MUSTANG & FENDER JAZZMASTER/JAGUAR
The Fender Mustang has a few key differences that set it apart from the other offset guitars. The Fender Mustang has a 24” scale, like the Jaguar, but smaller than the Jazzmaster. The Fender Mustang has two single-coil pickups, which are angled. There are only two on-off-on switches on a Fender Mustang. This streamlined functionality allows for quicker sonic changes and is sometimes more suited to those players who don’t want to change their sound as much as a Jaguar would facilitate.