Since its release in 1964, the Fender Mustang has been made famous by a whole range of brilliant musicians, from David Byrne of Talking Heads to Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. The new Fender Mustang released for 2016 hails from Fender’s Offset series, including a set of modern, up-to-date appointments that make this guitar just as stage-ready as its predecessors.
The initial shape of the Mustang came about from a redesign project, where Fender overhauled some of their student models. The unique shape of the Mustang has attracted a plethora of famous guitarists over the years, and its short-scale body makes it feel so comfortable to play, even for the more enthusiastic performers. The solid body is constructed from alder and treated with a protective gloss polyester layer.
NECK Firmly joined to the body is a maple neck which has a comfortable “C” profile. In a similar way to the body, Fender treat the neck with a satin polyurethane finish to add protection as well as to improve the overall feel. The neck is topped with a maple fingerboard with a 9.5 inch radius, providing a smooth playing surface beneath your fingertips. There are 22 medium jumbo frets to explore, helpfully adorned with black dot inlays to guide you with confidence. Fender have kitted this 2016 model out with two MUSTANG single-coil pickups, set to an angle which enable both of the pickups to soak up every note and project with classic Fender style. Each pickup opens up a versatile range of tones, covering all frequencies with chiming harmonics, dense lows and those punchy mids, too.
The Mustang features Master Volume and Master Tone controls, plus a 3-way pickup toggle switch. The combination of a short-scale body with these Mustang Single-Coil pickups allows you to experiment with a fantastic range of cool Fender tones.
For incredible, accurate tuning as well as enhanced resonance and sustain, Fender have equipped the body with the 6-saddle strings-through-body Strat hardtail bridge with bent steel saddles. The Fender headstock features Standard Cast / Sealed tuning machines for easy re-stringing and tuning of your guitar.
HARDWARE AND FINISH
The stunning finish of the body is completed with a 4-ply aged white pearloid pickguard for added protection against scratches. The Fender Mustang with a Maple Neck still remains an absolute classic, and with its modern upgrades opens up an even bigger world of sound.