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The Fender Mustang is an electric guitar by the Fender Musical Instruments Company, introduced in 1964 as the basis of a major redesign of Fender's student models then consisting of the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic. It was produced until 1982 and reissued in 1990. Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... It has been suggested that Fender Amplifier History be merged into this article or section. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Musicmaster is a guitar by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... -1... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ...


It attained cult status largely as a result of its use by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Early examples are generally seen as the most collectable of all the short-scale Fender guitars. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... Nirvana was an American rock band originating from Aberdeen, Washington. ...


The Mustang features two single coil pickups with an unusual switching configuration, and a unique tremolo arm shared with only its derivative the Jag-Stang. It was originally available in two scale lengths: Three magnetic pickups on an electric guitar. ... A tremolo arm, tremolo bar, vibrato bar, whammy bar, or twang bar is a lever attached to the bridge and/or the tailpiece of an electric guitar or archtop guitar to enable the player to quickly vary the tension and sometimes the length of the strings temporarily, changing the pitch... Fender Jag-Stang The Jag-Stang is a hybrid of two Fender electric guitars: A Jaguar, And a Mustang. ... In a string instrument, the scale length (often simply but confusingly called the scale) is the sounding length of the strings. ...

  • 22.5 inches (3/4 length), the same as the existing student models.
  • 24 inches (confusingly known as full scale but still shorter than Fender's 25.5 inch standard scale).

These were made available by having two different necks, the 22.5 inch scale with 21 frets and the 24 inch scale with 22 frets, both matched to the same body. The reissue is only available with the 24 inch neck.

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History

In August 1964, Fender released a new guitar called the Mustang, an economy model intended for more advanced students and featuring a new, original Leo Fender-designed tremolo arm. The few surviving examples in original trim are now worth around $5,000 each. Image:Leo Fender tinkering. ... A tremolo arm, tremolo bar, vibrato bar, whammy bar, or twang bar is a lever attached to the bridge and/or the tailpiece of an electric guitar or archtop guitar to enable the player to quickly vary the tension and sometimes the length of the strings temporarily, changing the pitch...

Profiles of a 1956 Musicmaster (left) and a Mustang, both with 22.5" necks and Musicmaster headstocks.
Profiles of a 1956 Musicmaster (left) and a Mustang, both with 22.5" necks and Musicmaster headstocks.

The Mustang has an offset waist, reminiscent of the Jazzmaster, but its overall styling closely followed the existing student models the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic, the slight waist offset being the main change. After the release of the Mustang, the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic were redesigned using the Mustang body; These were branded the Musicmaster II and Duo-Sonic II but the decals were not consistently applied. Image File history File links Fender_student_scale. ... Image File history File links Fender_student_scale. ... 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst The Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar was introduced in 1958 and was designed as a more upmarket instrument than the Fender Stratocaster, which itself was introduced in 1954 as a higher-priced product than the companys Telecaster series. ... The Musicmaster is a guitar by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


All three Mustang-bodied models (Mustang, Musicmaster II and Duo-Sonic II) were offered with optionally the 21 fret 22.5-inch (or 3/4 scale) neck, or a 22 fret 24-inch neck, but the 24-inch was overwhelmingly more popular and 3/4 scale examples are rare. 24 inches is still relatively short, the same as the Fender Jaguar but a full inch and a half shorter than the Stratocaster and three-quarters of an inch shorter than the Gibson Les Paul. The short scale neck makes this guitar perfect for people with small hands, and also enhances the ability to use the tremolo arm for upbends. In a string instrument, the scale length (often simply but confusingly called the scale) is the sounding length of the strings. ... The Fender Jaguar is an electric guitar that was introduced in 1962. ... A Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard and three-tone sunburst finish. ... For the jazz guitarist, see Les Paul. ...


This short scale, combined with a unique and extremely direct tremolo arm and the use made of it by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, would make the Mustang a cult guitar in the 1990s. Before that, its relatively low cost and marketing as a student guitar made it an obvious candidate for aftermarket upgrades, particularly pickup changes and also amateur finishes. Its wiring with the original pickups also led itself to custom modifications. A tremolo arm, tremolo bar, vibrato bar, whammy bar, or twang bar is a lever attached to the bridge and/or the tailpiece of an electric guitar or archtop guitar to enable the player to quickly vary the tension and sometimes the length of the strings temporarily, changing the pitch... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... Nirvana was an American rock band originating from Aberdeen, Washington. ...


In 1964 Fender also issued the Fender Mustang Bass. A new bass body was designed for this with a similar offset body style to the Mustang guitar, and a short (30-inch) scale was used. A Fender Musicmaster Bass and Fender Bronco Bass also exist using the Mustang Bass body and neck. The Fender Mustang Bass is an electric bass guitar model produced by Fender. ... The Fender Mustang Bass is an electric bass guitar model produced by Fender. ... The Fender Mustang Bass is an electric bass guitar model produced by Fender. ...


In 1967, a fourth variant, the Fender Bronco, was added to the Mustang-bodied range. The Bronco had a single pickup, like the Musicmaster, but in the bridge rather than the neck position, and yet another Leo Fender designed tremolo arm. As well as the Mustang body it used the 24-inch 22 fret Mustang neck. The Fender Bronco was an electric guitar model produced by the Fender company from mid 1967 until 1981. ... Image:Leo Fender tinkering. ... A tremolo arm, tremolo bar, vibrato bar, whammy bar, or twang bar is a lever attached to the bridge and/or the tailpiece of an electric guitar or archtop guitar to enable the player to quickly vary the tension and sometimes the length of the strings temporarily, changing the pitch...


In 1968 Fender released the "Competition" Mustang with "racing stripe" paint and painted headstocks. After mid '71 matching headstocks were no longer applied.


In 1969 Fender discontinued the Duo-Sonic II. Since the model was only produced for five years, it is a rare Fender that has growing collector value. Many players prefer the Duo-Sonic II to the Mustang because they regard the Mustang tremolo bridge as impractical. See Fender Duo-Sonic. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


In 1982 Fender discontinued both the Mustang and the Musicmaster II. These were the last Mustang-bodied models, as the Bronco had been discontinued in 1981. The Mustang Bass had also been discontinued in 1981. Fender replaced the Mustang line with the short-lived Fender Bullet line of guitars and basses before relegating production of their "student" guitars to their Squier division. The Fender Bullet Bass is an electric bass guitar model produced by Fender. ... Squier is a second-line brand of the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. ...


In 1990 Fender re-issued the Mustang, largely as a result of the vintage movement prevalent at the time. Among grunge and punk rock guitarists, Fender's discontinued models (budget models such as the Duo-Sonic and high-end models such as the Jazzmaster and Jaguar) had become extremely popular; Such models had Fender quality, but were less expensive secondhand than vintage Stratocasters and Telecasters. Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst The Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar was introduced in 1958 and was designed as a more upmarket instrument than the Fender Stratocaster, which itself was introduced in 1954 as a higher-priced product than the companys Telecaster series. ... The Fender Jaguar is an electric guitar that was introduced in 1962. ... A Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard and three-tone sunburst finish. ... 1950s-style Telecaster with natural finish, with metal bridge cover removed. ...


The reissued Mustang is made in Japan and available in only the 24-inch scale. As of 2006, the only current Fender guitar with a 22.75 inch (approximate) scale was the 22.72 inch Stratocaster Junior. Other Fender student guitars included the Fender Cyclone at 24.75 inches (Gibson Les Paul length), and the Squier-branded Bullet Mini, a hard-tailed Stratocaster lookalike with a very short scale of 20.75 inches. While original Mustangs used mostly poplar wood for the body (with some rarely documented cases of mahogany, [1] the reissued Mustang uses only basswood as this wood is much more plentiful in Japan and is regarded as a fairly neutral-sounding wood. 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Cyclone is the name of an electric guitar made by Fender. ... For the jazz guitarist, see Les Paul. ... Squier is a second-line brand of the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. ... The term hard-tail can have several meanings: A hard-tail electric guitar or archtop guitar is one without a tremolo arm or vibrato tailpiece; See tremolo arm. ... This article is about woody plants of the genus Populus. ... An example of Mahogany The name mahogany is used when referring to numerous varieties of dark-colored wood, originally the wood of the species Swietenia mahagoni, sometimes referred to as Spanish or Cuban Mahogany. ... Basswood is the common name of timbers of Tilia species. ...


Electronics

The Mustang has two angled single-coil pickups, each with an adjacent on-off-on switch, and a master tone and volume control.


The Mustang is unusual in having neither a pickup selector nor a circuit selector switch, instead just using the two pickup switches to allow the pickups to be used either singly or in parallel. The second on position reverses the phase of the selected pickup, allowing the pickups to be either in or out of phase when in parallel. This phasing option was also unusual for 1964.


It also meant that, as both pickups were floating with respect to ground, it was possible to modify the wiring to put the pickups into series either in or out of phase without excessive noise. The unusual switching could also be replaced by a conventional pickup change switch using the unused body routing already provided for compatibility with the Duo-Sonic, requiring only modification of the pickguard, and freeing the two eight-terminal pickup switches for other uses. As with many student guitars, aftermarket pickup additions and changes were also popular.


Tremolo arm

The Mustang introduced the Fender Dynamic Vibrato tailpiece, which together with a floating bridge forms the Mustang trem or 'stang trem system. The floating bridge concept is common to the Fender floating tremolo developed for the Jazzmaster, but on the Mustang the saddles have only a single string slot, while on other Fender guitars there are multiple slots to allow limited adjustment of the string spacing. The tailpiece is an element found in all musical instruments of the violin family. ... 1962 Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst The Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar was introduced in 1958 and was designed as a more upmarket instrument than the Fender Stratocaster, which itself was introduced in 1954 as a higher-priced product than the companys Telecaster series. ...


The tailpiece was unique when introduced and remains the most unusual feature of the Mustang; Only the Jag-Stang shares this particular mechanism. While not nearly so popular as the Stratocaster synchronized tremolo, some guitarists prefer it over all other tremolo mechanisms. Most notably, Fender incorporated it in the custom design which became the Jag-Stang. Which is quite remarkable, as Kurt never used any tremelo in his songs, or at all. The tremelo in production Jagstang's was different from Kurt's Jagstang's as he used a Gibson style tune-o-matic bridge in all of his mustangs, Jaguar's and Jagtang's. Fender probably used the Mustang style bridge due to the lower cost of producing it compared to the Gibson style stop-tailpeice which Kurt requested in his design instructions for the Jagstang. Fender Jag-Stang The Jag-Stang is a hybrid of two Fender electric guitars: A Jaguar, And a Mustang. ...


No previous Fender student guitar had a tremolo arm at all, and the subsequent Fender Bronco used a completely different mechanism, without a floating bridge. The Fender Bronco was an electric guitar model produced by the Fender company from mid 1967 until 1981. ...


The Mustang was the last of the Fender floating bridge models to be withdrawn, and the first to be reissued. Mustangs have developed a cult following in Japan.


Colors

The Mustang has been produced in the following colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Candy Apple Red
  • Sonic Blue
  • Vintage White
  • Blonde
  • Black
  • Olympic White
  • Daphne Blue
  • Fiesta Red
  • Lake Placid Blue
  • Dakota Red
  • Surf Green
  • Competition Red

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Mustang players

Some noted players of the Fender Mustang are:

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Frank Black (born April 6, 1965 as Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... Rob Buck Robert Buck (August 1, 1958, Jamestown, New York- December 19, 2000, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a founding member and guitarist of 10,000 Maniacs from 1981 until his death. ... 10,000 Maniacs is a United States-based alternative rock band, formed in 1981 and active with various line-ups since that time. ... Eric Victor Burdon (born 11 May 1941, in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne) was the lead singer of The Animals and later of War. ... David Byrne (born May 14, 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland) is a Grammy Award, Academy Award and Golden Globe winning musician best known as a founding member and the principal songwriter of the New Wave band Talking Heads. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... William Patrick Billy Corgan, Jr. ... The Smashing Pumpkins (circa 1995) left to right: James Iha, DArcy, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin. ... 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See also

The Mustang Bass is an electric bass model produced by Fender. ...

Trivia

  • Kurt Cobain stated that the Fender Mustang was his favorite guitar, and that he bought his first Mustang for only $20, where as now they can be purchased for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
  • The Jagstang is a collaboration between the Mustang and Jaguar.

Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... The Jag-Stang is a hybrid of two Fender electric guitars: a Jaguar and a Mustang. ...

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