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Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard Sonic Blue

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Since its original release in 1964, the Mustang Bass has been one of Fender’s most enduring bass designs, finding its way into the hands of bassists ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic instrument with flexible sound, easy playing feel and slick style, upgraded for the modern bassist.

Since its original release in 1964, the Mustang Bass has been one of Fender’s most enduring bass designs, finding its way into the hands of bassists ranging from The Rolling Stones to My Chemical Romance. This updated version of the short-scale underground hero adds the power of our venerable P Bass and J Bass pickups to the traditional Mustang design for flexible, thunderous bass tone with smooth playing feel and slick visual style.

Powered by a time-tested pair of pickups, the Mustang Bass PJ is packed with flexible tone that can match any sonic requirement. A punchy split single-coil P Bass middle pickup is joined by a growling Jazz Bass neck pickup in an unbeatable pairing that combines the best of both sonic worlds. Master volume and tone controls, along with a conventional three-way pickup switch get you to all available sounds. Not only is the 30 in. scale more comfortable for smaller hands, it reduces string tension, creating a looser playing feel that lends itself to nimble playing styles while adding a fat, “blooming” quality to the lower notes and sweetening the higher notes. Topped by a 9.5 in.-radius rosewood fingerboard with 19 medium jumbo frets, the “C”-shaped maple neck is comfortable for all playing styles.

This bass’ smaller body easily fits those with smaller frames while maintaining Fender’s classic stylistic appeal, and is also great for energetic stage performances thanks to its light weight. In a nod to its roots, this modernized instrument includes vintage-style Fender tuning machines and a vintage-style disc string tree, along with a four-bolt neck plate and standard four-saddle string-through-body bridge—all finished in gleaming chrome. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Neck		
Shape: C
Wood: Maple
Neck joint: 4-Bolt
Scale length: 30 in. (762 mm)
Truss rod: Yes
Finish: Satin polyurethane
Pickups
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Pickup configuration: PJ
Neck: Not applicable
Middle: Vintage-style split single-coil Precision Bass
Bridge: Vintage-style single-coil Jazz Bass
Brand: Fender
Series or parallel: Parallel
Active preamp: Not applicable
Special electronics: Not applicable
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 9.5 in. (241 mm)
Fret size: Medium-jumbo
Number of frets: 19
Inlays: White dot
Nut material: Synthetic bone
Nut width: 1.65 in. (42 mm)
Neck width at 12 fret: Info not available
Body
Cutaway: Double cutaway
Construction: Solidbody
Body wood: Ash
Top wood: Not applicable
Body finish: Gloss polyurethane
Orientation: Right handed
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, master tone
Pickup switch: 3-Way
Coil tap or split: Not appicable
Tone switching: No
Special switching: Not applicable
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: 4-Saddle standard
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Fender vintage-style
Color: Nickel/chrome
Other
Number of strings: 4
Pickguard: Yes
Special features: Not applicable
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: Info not available
Country of origin: Mexico

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FenderMustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (10)

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100%

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Cons

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    • No (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One teeny tiny problem

Love the punch of this bass. The short scale doesn't hinder the performance, It only enhances it.

The only problem is the Master volume and Master tone knobs. There needs to be...Read complete review

Love the punch of this bass. The short scale doesn't hinder the performance, It only enhances it.

The only problem is the Master volume and Master tone knobs. There needs to be individual volume knobs on a bass like this. For the price you're paying for Volume between 7 and 10 is absurd. I like keeping my tone down near 2 or even just 0. On this bass turning down the Master tone knob robs the overall volume. That toggle switch is only good for the guitars. I'm going to take this to my shop and have him turn the already existing knobs into individual pickup volume knobs and replace that toggle switch with a master tone knob. That's the only weak spot on this quality built bass. They should have put more thought into the controls instead of following the guitar design....

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Offset truss rod

I received my bass boxed from the factory in Mexico. Beautiful subtle cosmic blue. Action a little high but easily adjusted. Great Fender sound.
I was going to take some bow...Read complete review

I received my bass boxed from the factory in Mexico. Beautiful subtle cosmic blue. Action a little high but easily adjusted. Great Fender sound.
I was going to take some bow out of the neck and noticed the truss rod was loose. Then I noticed the truss rod opening was offset. Every guitar I own has the truss rod centered on the neck. This one was centered almost over the A string. I checked the images on the site and saw they were also a little off but not over the A string. I watched a YouTube video and the demo Mustang truss rod was dead center. I called Fender and sent a pic of my guitar and they said that was the way it was designed. I'm a little dubious of that statement. What advantage could an offset truss rod have?

I called MF and sent it back the same day. I'd like to get another one with normal neck. I'm still waiting on my refund and I see a mustang on the site very much like the one I returned as an open box.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Offset truss rod

By BassMental

from Lanham, Maryland

Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

I received my bass boxed from the factory in Mexico. Beautiful subtle cosmic blue. Action a little high but easily adjusted. Great Fender sound.
I was going to take some bow out of the neck and noticed the truss rod was loose. Then I noticed the truss rod opening was offset. Every guitar I own has the truss rod centered on the neck. This one was centered almost over the A string. I checked the images on the site and saw they were also a little off but not over the A string. I watched a YouTube video and the demo Mustang truss rod was dead center. I called Fender and sent a pic of my guitar and they said that was the way it was designed. I'm a little dubious of that statement. What advantage could an offset truss rod have?

I called MF and sent it back the same day. I'd like to get another one with normal neck. I'm still waiting on my refund and I see a mustang on the site very much like the one I returned as an open box.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun bass

By Nock

from Los Angeles

Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

This PJ Mustang Is great. I mean seriously great, in every way. It has a tight punchy sound that causes me to explode with excitement every time I pick it up! Oh, and it looks slick AF! The fact that it is a little bit smaller than an average bass makes it so much more controllable, and it's light weight too (but not in a cheap way). Buy it, you won't regret it!!!

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  • No

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One teeny tiny problem

By Dave the Rave

from Harrisburg PA

Pros

  • Great sound

Cons

  • Master Volume and Master Tone. That's it?

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

    Love the punch of this bass. The short scale doesn't hinder the performance, It only enhances it.

    The only problem is the Master volume and Master tone knobs. There needs to be individual volume knobs on a bass like this. For the price you're paying for Volume between 7 and 10 is absurd. I like keeping my tone down near 2 or even just 0. On this bass turning down the Master tone knob robs the overall volume. That toggle switch is only good for the guitars. I'm going to take this to my shop and have him turn the already existing knobs into individual pickup volume knobs and replace that toggle switch with a master tone knob. That's the only weak spot on this quality built bass. They should have put more thought into the controls instead of following the guitar design....

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Super Hot New Mustang from Fender

    By Lee Johnson

    from Huntersville/Charlotte NC

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • C Shaped Neck
    • Jazz Pickup
    • P Bass Pickup
    • Toggle Switch

    Cons

    • Could use a better bridge
    • Would be better with 20 frets

    Best Uses

    • Gigging
    • Practice

    Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

    Love this thing. The short scale neck makes reaching from 1st fret to 3rd or 4th so easy. Great tone differences with both pickups. Nice to have toggle switch for both. Very light and again easy to play. Ive never had a short scale bass and Im loving it. Wish it had the 20th fret but it's a Mustang. I also put a P Bass chrome bridge cover on it. Love the sea foam blue. Such a beautiful axe!!!!

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great bass for a guitar player!

    By Touchdown

    from Harrisonburg, VA

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    Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

    First, a couple of corrections to the specs. The strings are not through the body. They anchor to the back of the bridge. Also the width at the nut is 1.5" not 1.65". This is the same width as a jazz bass and feels great to me (I'm 6' 2" and 200lbs). Another review here says the truss rod is off center but mine is dead center. Because of the normal variable string spacing it appears to favor the A string side but this is correct. If you measure the picture the other reviewer sent it appears his is centered also. Of course it is hard to measure a picture so his may be off center somewhat.
    I am a guitar player who just wants to play a little bass so the 30" scale feels great to me. I was concerned that because of the smaller body the bass might be neck heavy but with a good strap that is not an issue. As pointed out in another review the tone knob does effect the volume but I don't see that as a big issue. The build quality is first rate. I have no complaints. You can get great sound in all three positions. Personally I like the middle position (both pick ups on) best but that is just personal preference and also depends on you amp. If you want a short scale bass and want a fender this is the one.

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great build quality, and it has a great sound

    By Antisyzygy

    from Seattle, WA

    Pros

    • high quality
    • light
    • thin
    • versatile

    Cons

    • 3-way switch might turn some off

    Best Uses

    • punk
    • rock

    Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

    I was impressed with the build quality of this bass. It also had a very good low-action setup from the factory.

    I really dug the sounds you could get on this bass.

    The switch actually worked well I think. You could rapidly shift between a sit-in-the-mix mode (neck), a slap mode (middle), and a punchy, bright solo sort of mode (bridge). The solo mode still had some low-end which was a huge surprise.

    I found the bridge pickup useable. It's what had some low-end to it, though not as much as the neck pickup. I'd probably lower the neck pickup some to lower output and match the sonic energy of the bridge. Then you'd have one heck of a versatile bass and I could see switching between pickups mid-song.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    My new favorite toy!

    By Bassman320

    from Xenia, Ohio

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everything and Anything
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

      I bought the Alpine White model of this bass about 3 months ago and I couldn't be happier with it. The fit and finish on mine is flawless and it has gotten me many comments on how good it looks every time I have had it out. I've used it for practicing, recording and multiple gigs and it has performed exceedingly well at everything I've thrown at it. I really dig the satin finish on the neck and the pao ferro fingerboard (my first experience with one) is sweet to play on. The fretwork is clean with no snags or sharp points and the neck is very easy to adjust (no offset truss rod problem on mine) and to get around on. I dropped a set of Thomastic JR324 strings on mine and, after some minor setup work at the bridge, its one of the easiest playing basses I've ever picked up with all the growl and snarl of its long scale cousins. Sure it could use an upgrade in the electronics dept but personally I don't care since I typically run both pickups all the time with the tone knob dimed anyway. My band covers just about every genre of music there is to play at our shows and it held perfectly in the mix with a deep, tubby tone that is rarely found on a long scale bass. I also dropped a black solid brass Fender style thumb rest, a set of Duncan Dual Design strap locks and a Levys 3" padded neoprene strap on mine and, combined with the light weight, its a rig that hangs very stable with no neck dive that you can play for hours without a problem. For transporting it I have read that the hard shell case for this little bass is not the greatest so instead I can highly recommend the Fender Urban Short Scale Gig Bag. They're not hard to find, very affordable, high in quality and it fits the Mustang (and the Squire Bronco Bass too for that matter) like it was made for it. So all in all if you are looking for a quality short scale and you love the classic PJ sound then look no further cause this little guy ticks every box and then some.

       
      5.0

      Works great.

      By Sandy

      from Carmel, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

      This is my first bass (I have 3 guitars) - easy to play and sounds great. Another great Fender produict.

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Wonderful Bass

      By JimEddie

      from Midwest

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      Pros

      • Punchy sound
      • Sharp looking
      • Well built

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

          There is nothing not to like about this short scale bass. Easy to play, sounds great. I always buy from MF when they are having a sale, plus you get backstage points, which is a really good deal. Sonic blue is attractive also.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          I'm really a guitar player

          By JazzGuitarGuy

          from Tallahassee, FL

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfort
          • Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Practice

            Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

            I'm a guitar player. I've been looking for a bass as a 'secondary' instrument for many years. This was a terrific choice for me. I've tried full sized basses in the past and the length of the neck just did not appeal to me. This short scale feels very comfortable. But the big surprise was how great it sounded. (I bought a Rumble 25 to go with it,) The difference between the 'P' pickup and the 'J' pickup is amazing. I will use this for creating bass lines for some of my original music -- and for self-improvement as an artist. Only a true bass player can evaluate this instrument as a 'bass' but, if you are a guitar player looking to play some bass, this is a great choice.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Finally, a good quality short scale

            By Jay

            from Denver, Co

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            Pros

            • price
            • short scale
            • sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • everything

              Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

              I love short scale basses.
              I have a few squire jaguars that I modify and update t get a jazz sound, but I have to say this needs no mods.

              I know there is the 'rascal' but I personally didn't like it. The lipstick pickups are just not for me. Plus, the neck gets wide on the high frets where the neck meets the body.

              This bass, though, has plenty of punch. It'll change your mind about short scale basses not being as good as a jazz. I have small hands and the 4 inch difference from my Jazz is amazing. The neck is skinny and you wrap your hands around it. It has the pickup selector and when you are in the middle position, you get a deep full sound.

              If you think a short scale bass can't deliver the deep tones, try this one.

              I like the 'old school' paint, but I wouldn't mind a deep metallic color on it.

              Made in Mexico, but it seems to be good quality.

               
              5.0

              Very nice

              By RNR Mark

              from Austin TX

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              Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

              I play upright bass and my daughter is an advanced cello player who wanted to play bass guitar. She a little on the small size so the PJ Mustang fit the bill, well.
              One issue: Hey Fender, you need to make a hard case for this bass or team up with someone who does.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              4.0

              Coolness

              By Ezra Shade

              from Lancaster, PA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • configuration.
              • Small, Light, Nice neck and set up, good pick up

              Cons

              • long scale.
              • Short scale doesn't have the depth in tone as a

              Best Uses

              • Situational gigs and fun to play.

              Comments about Fender Mustang PJ Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard:

              Being a very active bass player I bought this open box Mustang Bass on a whim. It is a very nice instrument. the pick up configuration is much better than the single coil found on older Mustang versions. I was surprised at the punch and depth the tone has. It is light and fun to play, although the short scale take some getting used to after playing Ps and Jazzes for years. It is a very pretty little bass abd the set up is very good out of the box. I might use it for some small gigs, but I would probably take my P along for just in case. I think it would be a great bass for someone with small hands. I don't have large hands, so it is very easy to play. For me it is kind of a diversion form my usual Fenders. If you are looking for a very cool machine that is a lot of fun, and I think, gig worthy, I would recommend the new Mustang.

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