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Fender Mustang Bass - Vintage White Reviews

4.0 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • Travis
    from United States November 20, 2013Music Background:
    Effects Pedal Builder, Amateur Musician

    Small Scale, Big Tone

    Preface: I own both this Fender MIJ and a Squier VM Mustang bass, so I will compare them naturally.

    The Fender Mustang bass is a great, but not quite perfect short-scale bass. It is very easy to play for us smaller guys/gals, sounds much like a P-Bass (maybe a bit thicker), and feels solid as a rock.

    If you are one for bending or vibrato, you'll find it much easier on this bass. The pickups react very well to all effects types: fuzz, drive, octave, chorus, flange, phase, etc. The potentiometers are smooth, easy to turn. You can actually hear the tone control work. Rosewood fingerboard really works with the pickup, as the Squier's maple sounded harsh with roundwound strings (flats get it closer to this, but not as thick).

    Cons: Heel truss rod access makes adjusting the action a tedious, painful process. Finding strings just for a string-through, short-scale bass is nearly impossible (long scales work fine). Neck feels a bit sticky due to the glossy finish. Chords can feel tiring from the vintage neck radius (easier on the Squier VM).

    Overall I would definitely recommend this bass to anyone looking for a "vintage" feeling and sounding bass. It isn't perfect, but none of the Mustang options currently are and this one is close.

    In short: Sounds like a Precision, plays like a Jazz!

  • John
    from Indiana December 25, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist, Play gigs, bars, parties and special events.

    great bass

    This bass has all the tone of the full scale basses.. Its just an easy paying bass.

  • Stephen Bockrath
    from Burleson, TX USA February 1, 2013Music Background:
    ex pro musician, hobbyist, singer-songwriter

    Very good bass

    Great bass. That said you can save $400 and get a better bass if you purchase a Squier by Fender Classic Vibe Jazz Bass 60's, Olympic White. I have both, identical cosmetics (color, pick-guard, rosewood fingerboard) If you prefer a short scale, the Mustang Bass is nice and is the best short scale I have played, but the Squire Classic Vibe Jazz Bass 60's is just an outstanding instrument at a steal of a price. I played the original Jazz bass in a band late 60's, early 70's, and when I picked up the Squire I was emotionally taken back; the "Classic Vibe" moniker is really true, at least it is for me.

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