Fender have just announced a new range of Mustang, Mustang Bass and Duo Sonic short-scale offset guitars. Based on classic designs from the Fender back catalogue, these were originally designed as student guitars. Nowadays, though, they have a real following, especially with guitarists playing in genres like indie or alternative genres.
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Information is very limited at the time of writing. However, these are all to be made in Mexico. Although they are based on some classic ’60s Fender guitars, they are to have some ‘upgraded’ stuff, as well as some original features removed…
The Duo Sonic has a splittable humbucker in the bridge, a hard tail bridge and will also have a modern 9.5″ radius neck. However, original features like the sliding switches (which can be a bit annoying on originals) have been removed in favour of regular Tone and Volume controls.
The Mustang features a choice of pickup, either Alnico 5 magnet or P90s. The Alnico pickups are different to the original 1960s Mustang pickups, being closer to the Stratocaster-style single-coil pickup in the way they are wound, which will probably annoy purists. There’s no information on the finer details of those pickups yet.
We will bring you more updates on this release as soon as ore information becomes available. Prices currently are only in US Dollars, but they look good and hopefully (if the pound hasn’t crashed already) we will actually be able to afford them here in the UK!
See the Reverb.com video below for some basic information on all three models.
Mustang bass USD $549
Mustang with P90 and Mustang USD $449
Duo Sonic price TBC