Squier VM Mustang vs Fender Mustang

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  1. bmoney1990

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    I'm in the market for a SS. As a man that bleeds Fender, I wanna know the difference between these two basses. Can also take comparisons with the Mikey Way or Pawn Shop. Having never owned a SS, I question whether or not it is worth the $800 for the Fender if I can get the VM for $300 and maybe mod it for less than I would have paid for the standard Fender. Thoughts?
     
  2. Gorn Captain

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    I don't know about the Squier, but the MIJ Mustang is fantastic. Of all the basses I've owned and sold, I regret selling the mustang the most. Recently there were a few in the classifieds that sold already for about $500. They also pop up on used.guitarcenter.com fairly often, but not right now unfortunately.
     
  3. sandman357

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    I cant compare it with the squire because I haven't tried one, but I just got the Pawn Shop Mustang a month ago and love it. Never had a short scale before and was not looking for one. I was just messing around, killing time at a music store and the sales guy convinced me to try it. The sound is amazing. The pickup is so hot! In reviews it is said it sounds like a P bass on steroids. Don't know what that means, but it definitely thumps! The short scale and low action make it a dream to play, but you still get the booming low end. I am in a classic rock cover band, and the sound is perfect for that type of music.

    So as you can see, I am a fan. The store was selling it new with a gig bag for $699. 100 bucks cheaper than I could find it online or at GC. If possible, go play one. You may be as surprised as I was.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Roland GR 88

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    My son has the MIJ and we love it. The build quality is top notch. It sounds big and fruity and is very much a mini Precision with a Jazz neck. Not a wide range of tones but that's not why you buy it. Minor niggle - the p/u mounting screw is right where I put my thumb and the screw head digs in when I'm on the E string. Easy fix and something I forget about 90% of the time anyway. Well worth the price IMO and should last for decades.
     
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  6. Mustang Surly

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    I bought the Fender RI during a 15% off sale @ MF. Great build quality: mine is flawless. Very comfortable to play. As others have said, not a super broad tonal range, but what it does, it does well. Dump the stock rounds and put flats on it!

    My only complaint is that the MIJ comes in only a single configuration: I would've preferred natural or sunburst with a maple FB. Oh well...

    I've come close to snagging a VM Squier several times, but thus far haven't pulled the trigger. They seem to get mostly quite favorable reviews.

    Note that the Squier sports a slightly flatter fretboard radius than the MIJ Fender (9.50" vs. 7.25") and MJ frets vs. the MIJ Fender's "vintage" sized. Note also that the E-G string spacing (at the bridge) on the MIJ Fender is 2" (as opposed to the more common 2-1/4"). Not sure which spacing the VM Squier uses. Maybe somebody who owns one will measure for us and chime in.
     
  7. Monster Truck

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    I've never played the Squier, but my CIJ Mustang is the bee's knees. Also, I believe a Fender will hold it's resale value better if you decide to sell it in the future.
     
  8. FerruleCat

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    It was the fingerboard radius that put me off the MIJ. For the money, the Squier VM is plenty good if you're OK with the maple FB. I just now got back from my local tech, who did a setup and restrung with GHS Pressurewounds. He had to tweak the nut slots and truss rod a bit, but it's dialed in very nicely.

    The only other Mustang I'd consider at this point is a Pawn Shop, which I'm pretty sure has the flatter radius. But honestly, $800 for a MIM instrument is a little hard to swallow given the value of the $280 VM.

    EDIT #1: One thing to note about the black VM is that it scratches like a motha - really my only complaint.

    EDIT #2: The Squier VM Mustang string spacing at the bridge is 2 1/16" center-to-center.
     
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