About Fender Mustang
The phrase Fender Mustang can refer to either the student-oriented short-scale Fender Mustang guitars or to line of Fender Mustang amplifiers. While the Fender Mustang guitar model has its roots in Fender's early history, the Fender Mustang amp line represents the company's drive to innovate and remain relevant well into the future.
The first Fender Mustang bolted off the assembly line in 1964, not long after the first Ford Mustang was produced. Ever since, it has been captivating players looking for something a little different. The Fender Mustang guitar was originally intended as an upgrade to Fender's student models, the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic, which at the time represented a fairly large portion of their guitar sales. It had several unusual features, starting with a rather unique switching and wiring set-up, with a separate on/off/phase reversing slider for each of the two angled pickups, without a dedicated pickup selector. The Fender Mustang guitar also featured a rather unique tremolo/vibrato, or whammy bar bridge system, which is more direct than the usual Fender spring-loaded type typically found on Stratocasters. As a student model, it was originally offered with either a 3/4-size, 22.5-inch scale length neck, or a 24-inch scale length, as opposed to the 25.5-inch scale length found on the Telecaster and Stratocaster models, but the 24" was far more popular. The body featured an offset waist, thought to make it easier to play when seated. The guitar soon found favor with the surf and instrumental bands of the day, and has since become popular with players as diverse as Kurt Cobain, David Byrne, and Thurston Moore. Today, Fender offers several Kurt Cobain signature models, a period-correct '65 reissue, and a Pawn Shop model, loaded with dual humbucking pickups in place of the single coils.
Fender Mustang amplifiers include the Fender Mustang GT 40, Fender Mustang GT 100 and Fender Mustang GT 200. The 40-watt Fender Mustang GT 40 amplifier is 40 watts and has two 6.5-inch speakers. The Fender Mustang GT 100 amplifier is 100 watts and one 12-inch speaker. Finally, the Fender Mustang GT 200 amplifier is 200 watts and has two 12-inch speakers. Fender Mustang GT amps are loaded with modern features like built-in amp and effects modeling, USB connectivity, and Fender's FUSE software, for editing, storing and swapping your effects and presets through your computer.
Discontinued Fender Mustang amplifier models include the Fender Mustang Mini, a battery-powered portable 7-watt amp with a 6.5-inch speaker. They also include the Fender Mustang I, II, III and IV combo amps and the Fender Mustang V 150-watt amplifier head with a matching 4x12 cabinet. The discontinued Fender Mustang Floor is a multi-effects pedalboard based on the amp models. The Fender Mustang I pushes 20 watts through an 8-inch speaker, while the Fender Mustang II pushes 40 watts through a 12" speaker. The Fender Mustang III is a 100-watt open-back combo with a 12" Celestion, and the Fender Mustang IV rocks 150 watts through dual 12" Celestion speakers. Highly versatile, these ponies rock hard right out of the gate, or connect to your computer and use the free FUSE software to store and edit your presets and effects, and even swap them with others in the Fender community. Whether you're saddling up the guitar or the amps, you've got another winner from Fender. Grab a matching set of Fender Mustangs and hold on to the reins!
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