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Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar 3 Color Sunburst Rosewood Fingerboard

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Overview

  • Compact Mustang body made of alder
  • '60s C-shaped maple neck with 24" scale length
  • HH pickup configuration with extensive tone control
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Compact Mustang body, short scale length and powerful humbucking pickups with extensive tonal control.

The Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar has a modified offset Mustang body, ’60s “C”-shaped 24” short scale maple neck, and dual Fender Enforcer humbucking pickups with ’70s-style covers and unique switching. Other features include a rosewood fretboard with modern 9.5” radius and medium jumbo frets, pickup toggle switch, 3-way coil selector slide switch for each humbucking pickup (enabling 15 different tonal options), mint green pickguard, ’70s-style hard-tail Stratocaster bridge, vintage-style tuners and strap buttons, and deluxe gig bag.

The Pawn Shop Series guitars draw inspiration from the eccentric and sometimes wildly innovative Fender creations of the mid-'60s and mid-’70s era that sometimes found their way to the outside world and into the more esoteric pages of Fender history. With this adventurous spirit in mind, Pawn Shop Series instruments emerge as all-new Fender guitars with a boldly creative alchemy of diverse Fender components. And while they are newer members of the Fender family crafted with thoroughly modern sound and quality, Pawn Shop Series instruments now take the stage with a remarkable new identity as "guitars that never were but should have been."

Features

  • Compact Mustang body made of alder
  • '60s C-shaped maple neck with 24" scale length
  • HH pickup configuration with extensive tone control
  • '70s-Style Hard-Tail Stratocaster Bridge
  • Deluxe gig bag included

So many tones and so easy to play. Choose your color and order today.

 

Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body
  • Body: Alder
  • Body Shape: Mustang
  • Body Finish: Polyester
  • Neck
  • Neck Shape: '60s "C" Shape
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Vintage Cream
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1cm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.650” (42mm)
  • Scale Length: 24" (61cm)
  • Neck Plate: Four-bolt
  • Truss Rods: Standard Truss Rod
  • Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
  • Electronics
  • Pickup Configuration: H/H
  • Bridge Pickup: Enforcer "Wide Range" Humbucking Bridge Pickup with downsized Wide Range covers
  • Neck Pickup: Enforcer "Wide Range" Humbucking Neck Pickup with downsized Wide Range covers
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Middle Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Special Electronics: Coil Selector Switch for Each Humbucker
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone; Pickup Toggle Switch; Coil Selector Switch for Each Humbucker
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: '70s-Style Hard-Tail Stratocaster Bridge
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Miscellaneous
  • Strings: Fender USA Super 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
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FenderPawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (12)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Small venues (7)
    • Recording (5)
    • School bands (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Playability and Versatility in Spades

    Two things make this a great guitar in my book. First, is its comfortable playability. The guitar has great sustain, especially for how light the guitar's body is. I set it up...Read complete review

    Two things make this a great guitar in my book. First, is its comfortable playability. The guitar has great sustain, especially for how light the guitar's body is. I set it up with 10s, since the stock 9s felt flimsy. It remained very easy to play with the heavier (albeit not exactly heavy) strings.

    Second is the tonal versatility. Each of the pickup selections makes a very audible difference in tone, and I have not found a bad tone on this guitar yet. This versatility makes it likely that this would be the "last guitar off the island" if things ever came to that.

    Mine is a Made in Japan model, and Fender moved production to Mexico around 2012 or so. The MIJ model was set up perfectly, well-intonated, and had a nearly flawless finish. I've got a USA-made Fender too, and this compares very favorably as far as workmanship and obvious pride in production goes.

    I'm not knocking MIM Fenders, BTW - just noting that my review pertains to the older MIJ model. The chief design difference is the MIMs have a better truss rod adjustment point (bottom of headstock for the MIMs). Smart move by Fender, as you have to remove the pickguard on the MIJ to adjust the truss rod. So on that score, at least, the MIM wins. (I'm still keeping the MIJ, though!!)

    Two minor gripes. First, the pickguard does not seem to be insulated, so when it's dry you can get a lot of static scratchiness if you touch the pickguard while playing. Some copper foil should fix this, but Fender should have addressed this in production. Second, the frets were not as well dressed as I would have liked. The wire was a bit rough at points, but this is not a big problem. As noted, these are minor gripes.

    Some of the "Pawn Shop" stuff strikes me as gimmicky tripe, but I think this guitar has the potential to become a collector's item on the order of a Gibson Blueshawk or some similar oddball yet intelligent guitar. If you're still reading, you owe it to yourself to give it a test drive. The bottom line is that I play this guitar more than any other, and it has been great for the 10 months or so that I've owned it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    If you like to retune, this is for you

    If I could just justify paying 499.99 for the pickup assembly only I would. Great sounds. Most of the time too many guitars have only one or two truly usable sounds though numerous combinations...Read complete review

    If I could just justify paying 499.99 for the pickup assembly only I would. Great sounds. Most of the time too many guitars have only one or two truly usable sounds though numerous combinations and switches. This pickup assembly delivers several pleasant tones. Intonation and tuning stability are SERIOUS issues on the one I received. Nothing helped. It was so bad that I gave up and went to spend time with my Gibson SG - ususally another notorious tuning beast. I will look for one at a store where I can lay hands-on it and find a good one; that is how one also can find an SG that is playable, tunable, and a keeper. Musicians Friend made the return very easy. I just do not want to get another Mustang-by-mail and be disappointed. After 35 years of playing, I do not want the frustration of constantly retuning the third and second strings. Other than that, it is a fun piece and I hope to find one without this troublesome issue.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Cool Vibe - A Few Issues

    By Kinky

    from Coos Bay

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Toggle Switch Connection

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

    The two main issues with quality I see are:

    1. Toggle switch has an issue going to low/bridge setting and sometimes needs to be "toggled" back and forth a few times to make the connection (not good if you are a pro player).

    2. Tuners need frequent adjustment, may just be the new strings and am hoping that settles down (may need to be replaced if you are a pro player).

    I had to adjust all of the following (in this order):

    - Neck Reielf to 0.010" at 8th fret with capo on 1st and fretted on the on low 6th string at last fret. (Fender recommended Setting).
    - File nut slots to lower the strings at 1st fret to: 0.022"/Low E gradually down to 0.011"/High e (my preferred setting - according to StewMac, many pros like 0.020" to 0.010").
    - Adjust String Height at the 17th Fret to 4/64"
    for all strings. (Fender recommended setting).
    - Adjust pickups at pole pieces to 4/64" with strings depressed at last fret (Fender recommended setting).
    - Set Intonation for all strings at 12th fret.

    I used the following tools to get the job done:

    - Feeler guages (.010", .011", .022")
    - 6" ruler w/ 1/64" increments
    - Capo
    - Fret Files
    - Painter's Masking tape to protect the neck when filing
    - Allen wrenches (included)
    - Phillips screw driver / cloth to protect the body when adjust the intonation screws
    - Electronic Tuner
    - Included Booklet by Fender / web research

    I am self taught from YouTube sites such as (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x65OBpNO5LM) and Web sites like StewMac. Setup techniques like adjusting the truss rod and especially filing the nut slots should be studied before attempting.

    Also, quality Nut Files are not cheap, but neither are good guitar techs (especially if you have many guitars that just need this basic set-up).

    Please double check all my recommendations in case I missed a typo error correction.

    After set up this is a fun and easy guitar to play with a variety of tonalities and great vibe.

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    4.0

    Cool but needs Tweeks

    By The Basement Hermit

    from Asheville, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

      This is a cool guitar. But, the intonation is a problem. I, like another reviewer, had to remove the low E saddle spring to crank the saddle back as far as it would go and its still around 5-6 cents sharp when depressing the 5th fret. I will try to notch the nut grooves deeper to see if that makes any difference. If not, then the whole bridge may need to be moved back by 1/4" or so, which will be difficult since its a string-thru bridge from underneath. For a decently expensive Fender guitar, this is unacceptable. I also switched the bridge PU out with a Dimarzio Tone Zone. If the guitar wasnt the perfect size and look then it would be returned for sure. I'm a Mustang fan, but this one definitely takes back seat to my 1996 '69 Reissue Japanese Stang. That thing is perfect!

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      3.0

      Factory setup Unacceptable

      By twotone

      from Denver CO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

        The guitar came from Musicians Friend in a sealed box, so the following issues are on Fender.
        1) Intonation was extremely far off.
        2) The string slots in the nut were not cut deep enough (2/64" vs .018") causing open chords played on the first few frets to be out of tune.

        Once the guitar is properly setup, it is a keeper. I have owned many electric guitars over the past 30 plus years and this one is by far my favorite. The tonal palette is amazing, everything from a warm double coil chime to a "chicken picken" twang. If you play in a cover band this could possibly be the only guitar you need, really. The light weight and short scale add to the fun but don't be fooled, this is a real guitar. The components are on par with any American Fender I have owned and it has a solid feel. I have read other reviews about noisy electronics but not with this one. There can be some static build up if you anchor the fingers of you picking hand on the pick guard like I do, that is until you remove the protective covering on the pick guard (Cough, cough). In short, if you buy one and don't work on your own guitars, count on a set up including intonation and some nut work.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        My least favorite guitar, perhaps ever..

        By Musicman971997

        from Vallejo, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • The Neck Is Well Made

        Cons

        • Horrible tone
        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Can't Think Of A One

        Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

        I bought this to round out my collection of Fender and other guitars- including Fender Stratocasters, Jaguars, Jazzmasters, and others.

        This guitar is unplayable. The tone is hideous. I can't even think of a song I could use for the jangly, tinny , distorted fog that emanates from these pickups. I actually thought my new amp was defective until I plugged in one of my other guitars and realized just what a horrible guitar this was.

        Even the woods they use on the Alder (Seguaro Cactus??) body were porous, they fill the rough grains of the woods with Varithane to smooth it out and it's another issue which made me decide it had to go back as a return. I never like to make returns, but in this case, I really had no choice, otherwise it would have been used as a doorstop.

        It may be that the Fender CE American Standards from Corona CA. sound better, ..they pretty much would HAVE to sound better than these made in Mexico - I might try another one at a store where I can play it before I go and buy another one, (and I'll ultimately buy it from Musician's Friend)

        Don't say I didn't warn you. This MIM Mustang is one of the worst sounding guitars I've ever played.

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        5.0

        2nd Mustang

        By Hojo

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

          I love this guitar! Its an entirely different animal than my 50 year old original Mustang & much more versatile. I'm having a little trouble getting used to the position of the p/u selector switch but I'll adjust. Great response & playability. This one is made in Mexico & I can't find anything wrong with it. Beautiful finish & the pick guard looks more off-white than mint green; nearly matches my Tele & Strat.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Not bad - worth a try!

          By Geoduck Dong

          from Pacific NW

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Versatile Pickup Options

          Cons

          • Intonation Is A Challenge

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

            I own more gits than most, and some get put aside quickly. Since its arrival, this one has been one of my favorite guitars for noodling with in the recliner. Down side was that it shipped with no effort to set the intonation. On the low E I had to remove the saddle spring just to get the saddle back far enough to just reach decent intonation. The saddle is now completely flush up against the bridge. That was scary, I thought I might have to remount the bridge. Upside = short scale guitars are fun to play, and with the choice of full HB or split to front coil or back coil, you might be surprised just how much tonal difference you get between the front and back coil on each pickup, so 3 x 3 gives you 9 different pickup settings. I'd like to give this guitar only 3 stars, due to the intonation issue that I was barely able to adjust (that makes you wonder about QC don't it?) but with fairly good sounding chimey pickups, that much tonal variation and a extra discount being offered now on this model, I give it 4 out of 5 as an encouragement to give this model a try.
            P.S. while these HBs may have the appearance of the Fender WR reissue pickups, they sound better (more chimey/vibey and Fender-ish) and they are standard sized HBs. Although not the best HBs I've heard (say, not quite up to Burstbucker standards) they offer a very good tone/value for the price of this guitar.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            pawn shop mustang review

            By none

            from tx

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

              It took me a little while to get used to the size. I am kinda a big dude though. I knew it was a smaller guitar but didn't remember it being that small. It sounds great the selector switch is cool to play around with, but I could see myself being happy with picking one variation. Overall I am happy with this purchase.

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              4.0

              super

              By Grandpa Gary

              from san diego

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

                Very nice guitar light and easy to play if you have small hands this is the one to get. Very happy with my Mustang. Thanks again Musicians Friend

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                5.0

                Love It

                By Albert

                from Winters CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Size Weight Playability
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

                  I have many guitars...including 2 Jaguars. I am now ready to sell all of them and keep this Mustang. The size and weight are perfect for me, when I'm playing it, I feel like dancing! I restrung it with 11's, tone now is very powerful, open string chords stay in tune, yet the strings are loose enough for easy full step bends.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I'm lovin it..

                  By Picksalot

                  from Smithville, TN

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

                    I own 9 guitars and this one is tied as a favorite with a MIM Stratocaster FSR that I also purchased from Musician's Friend. The one I got is the made in Mexico model. I wanted the Japan model but was put off by having to take the neck off to adjust it the truss rod if it ever needed it. I can not find one flaw with mine. I love the way it sits in my lap. I love the finish. The neck feels wonderful. I trade and sell a lot but this ones a keeper. Never will it leave me.. As far as quality goes, if it last till I'm dead I'll be good to go..

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