The small guitar with a fat sound, Fender's Mustang electric has a satin-finished neck for easy, fast playing and single coil pickups for full-range tone.
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Submitted April 17, 2019 by Mark Garner in Metairie, LA
"One Mustang To Rule Them All"
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I just finished giving my new Olympic White Fender Mustang 90 a test drive.Wow... Awesome guitar.I'm sorta small framed (5'9" & 140 lbs) so the short scale neck and smallish body are a perfect fit for me.This is my third Mustang but first hardtail w/P-90's and it is definitely a stand-out model.I tested it using a vintage Marshall Valvestate VS-15R with an aftermarket Celestion Eight 15 speaker. (This amp has two pregain knobs so it can dial in a seriously saturated fuzz tone. I dimed both pregains and was rewarded with a massive tone that was very pleasing to this huge fan of the Beck & Page era Yardbirds.)The clean tones are nice as well but aggressive playing will cause the notes to break up. These pickups are really potent.This guitar can play old 40's Les Paul style jazz. Just switch to the neck pickup, roll back the tone and pick softly.The pau ferro fretboard is smooth and the medium jumbo frets allow for easy bending and for a smooth finger vibrato technique. The hardtail Strat style bridge is sturdy and nicely suited for palm muting.The tuners appear to be top quality - I was pounding away and executing some wild bends for a good 45 minutes and the strings didn't slip one bit.The volume and tone pots are smooth and allow for gradual adjustments unlike some pots where most of the changes occur in the last third of the pot's range.The finish is flawless and the overall construction of this Mexican Fender appears to be top notch.My only complaint is with the fret edges. They are pretty sharp. My Indonesian Squier VM Mustang has better dressed frets. ("C'mon Fender, you can do better, can't you?!")I would recommend HIGHLY this guitar. That it isn't too expensive only makes it more attractive.I LOVE THIS GUITAR.
Former semi-pro now a stay-at-home jammer.
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