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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

SPECIFICATIONS

Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar

  • 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
 
3.9

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (5)
  • School bands (4)
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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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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Playability and Versatility in Spades

By I Am A Rodeo

from Georgia, USA

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Craftsmanship
  • Fit Finish
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Lightweight
  • Solid Electronics
  • Sustain
  • Value
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Static Buzz

Best Uses

  • Barre Chords
  • Fingerstyle
  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

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.

(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

If you like to retune, this is for you

By Gas Man

from St. Simons Island

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Intonation Issues
  • Lacks Tuning Stability

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

    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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    MEAN LITTLE MACHINE

    By John Franklin

    from Pennsylvania

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Build Quality
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Quality Craftsmanship
    • Solid Electronics
    • Well-balanced

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is worth every penny. I have small hands, and the neck feels great (the nut is 1.650", slightly bigger than a standard Mustang neck). I was concerned about the modified body, but it turns out that the guitar is still well-balanced (the proportion of body to neck is roughly the same as a Jazzmaster). But what excites me the most are the 15 tonal options. You can have two humbuckers, a single-coil and a humbucker, or two single coils––and you can select one or both pickups AND adjust the volume and tone. You can get a lot of different sounds with this guitar! I would not have chosen the mint green pickguard, but the rest of the guitar looks great and is well-built, especially for a Mexican Fender. Having a pickup selector toggle switch is a welcome addition to the guitar, since it was always inconvenient to move the individual slider switches. The sound of this guitar is surprisingly robust for a guitar of its size––it's no Les Paul, but it can definitely hold its own with more traditional humbucking guitars. I am not a huge fan of Fender's Pawn Shop series guitars, but this little guitar is an exception, having solved a number of the original guitar's problems (I don't miss the vibrato at all) and added some welcome features.

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great concept, flawed design

      By John Franklin

      from Pennsylvania

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      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Body Too Small
      • Poor balance
      • Unbalanced

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

      Conceptually, this guitar is really great. The 15 tonal options are a unique feature that comes in very handy, and is just a lot of fun! And the Enforcer pickups sound very good, especially in conjunction with the small scale of the guitar. Where the guitar suffers is the modified body shape, which reduces the original body by almost 1/4. This makes the guitar slightly neck-heavy, plus it doesn't feel quite substantial enough...something feels missing. The build quality is pretty good, considering it is a Mexican Fender (these used to be made in Japan). I had high hopes for this guitar because I always wanted a Mustang with humbuckers, but because of the undersized body I cannot recommend this guitar. It might be worth your while to just modify a stock Mustang (that's what I did).

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Complete Package

      By DC

      from USA

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      Pros

      • Neck Is Fabulous
      • Perfect weight
      • Short scale
      • Versitle Pickup Switching

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Use It Any Place You Want

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

      I like Mustangs because of theirs light weight and short scale. Mine weighs in about 7lbs 3oz. The versitility of the pickups switching is a blessing. I don't need several guitars at a gig. I have small hands and unnaturally short pinkys so the short scale is great. I have the Kurt Cobain Mustang too and it has a 7.25" fretboard radius, but I like the 9.5" much more. The 9.5" is more appealing because the strings match the radius better than the Kurt Cobain Mustang so I don't have to grip so hard to do bar chords. The pickups are very strong and sound good to me. I have no plans to change anything right now.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this GTR!

      By KJK

      from Scarborough, ME

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special Electric Guitar:

      Great vibe. Lots of interesting tones! Love the switching options. Feels great with short scale.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Cool Vibe - A Few Issues

      By KL

      from Southern Oregon coast

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      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.

      (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.

        (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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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