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Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar

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The Fender Mustang Bass Guitar is a truly classic bass guitar model from the mid-1960s. It returns in the sleek, short-scale form of the Squier Vinta...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic, short-scale bass with a Duncan Designed split single-coil pickup.

The Fender Mustang Bass Guitar is a truly classic bass guitar model from the mid-1960s. It returns in the sleek, short-scale form of the Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass. The instrument honors its 1966 ancestor with a basswood body finished in Black or Three-color Sunburst, 19-fret maple neck and 30 scale perfect for players of all kinds who appreciate the comfort of a short-scale instrument. Other features include a Duncan Designed split single-coil pickup, three-ply pickguard, chrome tuners and distinctive Mustang Bass four-saddle bridge.

FEATURES
  • Duncan Designed split single-coil pickup for superior tone
  • Short scale neck offers smooth playability
  • Light body and compact size equals better comfort
  • Fantastic value at this price

Looking to move forward with an easy-to-play bass that sounds great. Order this Squier Mustang and don't look back.

SPECIFICATIONS
Body
  • Body: Basswood
  • Body Shape: Mustang
Neck
  • Number of Frets: 19
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Natural Satin
  • Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
  • Scale Length: 30" (76.2 cm)
  • Neck Plate: Chrome Squier
  • Truss Rods: Single Truss Rod (Adjustment at Headstock)
  • Truss Rod Nut: 4 mm Hex Head
Electronics
  • Middle Pickup: Special Design Split Single-Coil Mustang
  • Bass Pickup Controls: Volume, Tone
Hardware
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Strings-Thru-Body with 4 Individually Adjustable Saddles
  • Tuning Machines: Standard Open-Gear Tuners
  • String Nut: White PPS
Miscellaneous
  • Strings: Fender USA NPS, (.040-.095 Gauges)
  • Unique Features: 30" Scale Length, Black Dot Position Inlays, Black Numbered Volume and Tone Control Knobs, Squier Engraved Neckplate, Synthetic Bone Nut Accessories Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black Included Accessories: 1.5 mm and 4 mm wrenches Control Knobs: Black Stratocaster Knobs
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SquierVintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another great Squier

By chillmon

from FL, USA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

I recently "downgraded" from an AVRI '62 P-Bass to this Squier Mustang. I gotta say, it feels more like an upgrade. The fit and finish on the Squier are terrific, the setup and intonation are dead on, the neck is comfortable, the controls are smooth and the instrument is completely noise-free. Tone-wise, it's got a great chunky P-Bass tone, especially when played with a pick using flatwounds. But guess what? This thing SUSTAINS forever too. Not what you'd expect for a cheap short scale. I had planned to upgrade the electronics, but when I opened 'er up, I noticed the pots were Alpha minis and the cap looked to be of better quality than the usual flat ceramic disc ones.

The only cons I can think of were that the fretboard edges were a little sharp, the chrome plating is a bit cheap (but when does that really matter?), and it's not as light as some Squier basses I've played (it's certainly not heavy though). I recommend this particularly to those who are considering ponying up for the MIJ Mustang bass. It's just not worth the extra four to five hundred dollars, unless you absolutely must have a rosewood fretboard. Otherwise, the Squier is the one to beat.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid Bass -- Good Deal

By Daniel J Emerson

from Mass

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

In sum:

What I like --versatility, design, playability, neck feel, and body finish.

Two things I wish I could change -- the finish on the neck is very pale and pasty -- aesthetically it really needs some warmth -- ideally I'd prefer a rosewood fretboard.

The pickguard scratches if you look at it. I now wish I hadn't taken off the plastic cover (but it had some bubbles so...). Not sure if this is common with all pickguards or just shows more on the black. Utlimately, it's a very MINOR point almost not worth mentioning.
Has all the features I would expect from a Mustang.
As a former guitarist, this short-scale bass has a very nice feel and playability. The construction is solid from the finish to the joints and electronics. It is responsive to articulations and I am able to elicit a nice variety of sounds from the instrument.
I am sure one would find deficiencies if they stacked the Squier Mustang up against a five times the price bass, but I would be hard pressed to fault it in comparison to my MIM some MIA Fenders. It is not simply a cheap bass-shaped-object -- it's a solid instrument.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squier Mustang Bass

By Mathew Garcia

from Arizona, USA

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Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

Overall, it's my favorite bass as of now. The only con I can find about it is that it has a string-thru body, so it has a small selection of strings availiable (medium scale).
The features of the Mustang bass are fairly simple. A split Mustang pickup, a tone, and a volume control. A short scale satin maple neck, and a string-thru body (this means that you'll have to buy medium-scale strings, for short-scale strings will be too short.)
The quality of this bass if fantastic! The neck is fast, the action was set to my liking (very low) right out of the box and it has almost no fret buzz. The grain of the wood under the sunburst finish looks great. Tuners are great as well. It is so light, too! Lightest bass I've ever played. The bass is prone to denting, however, for the wood used is fairly soft.
For the money, I think you're getting a great value. A classic Fender Mustang sound at such a low price. Looks beautiful, plays well, and is light as a feather.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Playing Bass

By Captain Ron-IDFkk

from Charlotte

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Pros

  • Everything
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • The setup was very good

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

    The setup was very good from the factory. I don't like roundwounds so I put a set of Chromes ECB 81 M's medium scale strings on it. Made all the difference in the world. The weight and balance are very comfortable, and the playability is great. I have a room full of basses, and this little dude is rapidly becoming my favorate. It did take a little pushing and twisting to get the Chromes through the string holes on the bottom, but well worth the effort. I have a few short scale basses that cost a couple of grand each, but this one is a steal at the price.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Another great "Vintage Modified" guitar

    By Steve

    from Rhode Island

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    Pros

    • Comfotable Neck
    • Duncan Pickup
    • Sustain
    • Through-body Strings

    Cons

    • Color Choices
    • Maple Fretboard

    Best Uses

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

      I have carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand so it's pretty hard for me to play full scale bass. I took a chance buying this short scale bass and to my surprise it's very good and most importantly easy on my wrist.

      Setup was okay from the factory, but I tweaked it a little for my personal preferences. I have noticed other reviewers saying that the frets protrude from sides of the neck but I have not had this problem.

      The Duncan Designed pickup is great. I love the sound I'm getting from it. I immediately junked the Fender strings and installed flatwounds. The pickup really brings out the warmth of the flats quite well. With a little mid boost on my amp I'm getting a tone I just can't get enough of. As far as stings go I recommend installing the heaviest gauge you can stand playing. Due to the short scale, I was having an issue with low tension (floppy E string, mainly). I installed 55-110s and it's mostly gone. The strings are nice and tight now just like a standard scale bass.

      This thing sustains forever, too. The baswood is very resonant. When I'm playing I can feel the note ringing through the body. I really like that.

      Two minor things I don't like: the maple neck and only a two color choices. I would have preferred a rosewood neck and a vintage white body with a tortoise pickguard. It's not a huge deal. I may purchase a Fender pickguard for it later on which comes in a tortoise pattern, just to dress it up a bit. Black on black is pretty bland in my opinion.

      Overall this is a great bass. If you're just starting out I highly recommend getting a bass somewhere around this quality/pricepoint. Anything less and it won't be enjoyable to play, which means you won't want to learn. This thing is a joy to play. I look forward to picking it up after work every day, and that definitely says something. Junk the Fender strings and do a quick setup if you'd like and you're good to go!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      "Great bang for the buck"

      By .......todd.......

      from kentucky

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      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

      "I rate this bass a 9 out of 10"
      What a lot of people don't realize is that these squire basses and guitars are a little better than they think.This is the 5th one of these guitars I bought and I will have to say after a little tweakin they play just as good as an expensive one.Alot of people cover up the name but not me,I don't care.I think these guitars are awsome for the money.I did get one with a bowed neck staight out of the box,but after adjustments it plays fine.Even though we could'nt get the bow completely out.One secret to fixing this is to put a heatin pad on it with no strings and then reajust it.That usually works (but not always)..............A word of knowledge from the old people is...........After all it's not what you got, it's what you can do with what you got..............I give this bass a 5 star rating.......And would buy another.........
      "Better than a lot of others that cost more"
      " Alot higher than expected"

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bass for the Price

      By Seasoned Goat Bassist

      from UT

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

          I've always been a fan of Fender Mustang basses. One of my first decent basses was a Mustang back in the late 1970's. So, I bought one of these and a Mikey Way Mustang--both great basses.

          This bass plays well, sounds good, and the short scale is great for small, old hands like mine. It is, of course, faster playing as well. The DD pickup sounds really good. But when I first got it, after I set it up, it still sounded a bit dead, muffled, and indistinct to me (similar to flatwound strings). I've been around that block before many times and I knew it wasn't the bass--it was just dead strings (from the factory, no less!). So I put a new set of D'Addario Stainless steel strings on it and it sounds killer. If I want a more muffled sound, well, that's what the tone knob is for.

          If you restring yours, you might want to get heavier strings. I'm not sure why they always string short scale basses with lighter strings. They are just too floppy. Put 105s or bigger on it and you'll get a great feel--not super tight, but then again, not floppy.

          Anyway, great bass. If you like Mustang basses and their sound, you'll certainly like this one.

          Oh... by the way. The fret ends sticking out has more to do with your humidity than poor workmanship. If you live in a dry area, it's going to happen. The wood dries, shrinks... and the frets do not. It can happen on $3000 basses as well. Easy fix. It's called a concave fret file and it takes 10 minutes to fix if you know what you're doing.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Decent for what it is.

          By Alucard817

          from Tampa Florida

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Rosewood Fret Board Op
          • Sharp Frets
          • So-so Construction

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

          I got this since I injured my wrists and can no longer play long scale basses.
          All in all it's not bad, but it could be better.

          Neck feels okay I guess, least it feels fast, some of the frets protrude from the side of the fretboard on the higher frets, but I don't really notice it when playing. Also would be nice if it came with a rosewood fretboard rather than maple. Maple makes it a little too bright sounding.

          Pickup is the best part about the bass. It gives some really good high/mids and some decent lows. The DD pup's output is really good. Stronger then i expected.

          The Basswood doesn't seem as soft as your typical basswood so maybe Squier decided to use a higher grade with this bass.

          The tone is Fender-ish. Not as close as some other VM/CV basses or guitars, but close enough till I can get a real Fender.

          Strings have got to go!!!
          I do not understand why Fender puts steel strings on their basses. They are way too bright and sound terrible to my ears.

          Overall not too bad, needs some improvements to be on par with other VM/CV Squier basses. Still fun to play though.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing bass for the money!

          By Greg H.

          from Marion, Ohio

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

            This is the bass I have been searching for as long as I have been playing. It is basicliy a small Precision body with a short scale, slim taper jazz neck. I like the neck almost completely straight, and the action extremely low. That said, it didn't take long to get my settings the way I like. I've owned my share of basses over the years over the years, and this one really delivers!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I like this bass!

            By 2ManyTaylors

            from MIssouri

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            Pros

            • Comfortable neck
            • Frets Not Too Sharp
            • Fun To Play
            • Just The Right Size
            • Needed Minimal Set-up
            • Paint Work Well Done
            • Solid hardware
            • Well made

            Cons

            • Body Should Be Sculpted
            • Fender Strings

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

            I like this bass. I have never owned a Squier before, but have owned several Fender Strats, Teles, and a P-Bass. Honestly, I think this Squier is just as well made as any Fender. My first short-scale bass, I can no longer hold a full-size bass, and it is a good size. But it is heavy, and the back should be sculpted for more comfort. But for the price, you can't go wrong. I don't like Fender strings, and I am going to re-string it with Rotosounds as soon as I finish this review.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good bass for the price

            By Michael Tolocka

            from North Carolina

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

            This Squier Mustang bass would make a good starter bass, especially for kids younger than 16. The maple neck is nice and it was set up well from the factory with only a small bit of fret buzz, but nothing too bad. The tone straight away is good for a short scale bass, and has pretty good variability from the Seymore Duncan P-style pickup. If you're looking for a passive bolt-on short scale bass, it's hard to beat this Squier for the price. The instrument is surprisingly well put together and appears to be sturdy (as opposed to some Chinese products I've seen.) I use this for practice through a 50W amplifier and the short neck really makes it easy to play quickly and accurately.

             
            5.0

            Great Short Scale Bass

            By Jackson

            from Austintown, OH

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Would Prefer A White Pick

            Best Uses

            • Church band
            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass Guitar:

            I'm 61 years old and was having trouble playing my 6 string ESP. I sold it and purchased the Squier because of the positive reviews on the MF site. I didn't want to pony up for Fender Mustang Bass. I called about a used one and was offered the new one at a discounted price. Kudos to MF.

            The quality is very good, the sound is great, the neck is fast and the short scale makes it a pleasure to play. The factory setup was spot on with a low action and proper intonation.

            The original strings were slightly loose when tuned. They played ok. I changed the strings to GHS_3020 GHS Precision Flats, short light. I had to trim some of the silk so it wouldn't interfere with the nut. They sound warm, mellow, have a great feel and are firmer on the neck. Great for the music our church band plays. I may try some half rounds next time.

            Very satisfied with the sound, quality and look of my new bass. I also have a MIM P-Bass, and a Fender T-Bucket, Grand Concert Acoustic Bass. The Squier is the easiest to play.

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