Dreaming about Mustang basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by superheavyfunk, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. superheavyfunk


    Mar 11, 2013
    Last night, I had a dream that I was going to film a music video and my bandmate told me that I should use my 1963 candy apple red mustang bass. I don't own a mustang bass, nor do I know if they came in that colour or if they were even made that early... I do, however, have some serious GAS for one now.

    How many of you own one? They always seemed like toys to me - they're so small and never struck me as something I'd like to own. What are the squier ones like, as compared to the vintage fenders?
  2. I have played 2 mustang basses from that era. Neither were red and both sounded decent. The upkeep on both kinda sucked. I don't know of they made them in 63 and I don't know if they came in red but I would never pay more than 500 bucks for one based on what I have played. My opinion shouldn't matter a whole lot though because short scale basses aren't my thing. Both had a good earthy tone though.
  3. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    No experience w/Mustangs, but the last bass I dreamed of had a transparent neck. Many of my dreams don't translate into normal reality. ;) That could be an interesting thread: "Basses that have appeared in your dreams"...
  4. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    Decent bass if you play with a softer touch. As with most of the short scale basses that I've played, the strings do not feel as taut as with regular scale basses.
  5. neo 7

    neo 7 The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I have a CIJ Mustang RI and I really like it. It was my main player until I got my medium scale Fernandes. You need to use a lighter touch, but after you get used to that it's a lot of fun to play, sounds good too.
  6. superheavyfunk


    Mar 11, 2013
    As the day wore on, my GAS for a mustang bass abated... I've never been a fan of short scale basses. I wouldn't mind trying one sometime, though. If one falls in my path, I'll probably give it a try but I doubt I'll spend even $500 on one.
  7. I have a Squier Vintage Modified Mustang Bass (which I bought to replace my Squier Standard Jazz Bass, which I in turn sold) and while I like it, I'm honestly starting to regret buying it as a primary bass. I had bought it because the Jazz Bass' neck was too long for me, but the Mustang's neck is a little too short for me and it's hard to play certain things on it because of this.
    I like the bassier tone, but it is tonally limited and doesn't have the versatility of a Jazz Bass or even a P-Bass, so I wouldn't buy it as a primary bass if I were you.

    That being said, it would make a good secondary bass, especially with flatwounds.
  8. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Good! This has to be the craziest motivation for buying a bass I've heard so far. :meh:

    [I have gear nightmares all the time.]

    I briefly was considering a Mustang but I think they're a little steep for what they are and after looking at this one and seeing that the strings are a full 3" too long realized that I was going to have to go through the shortscale $tring drama, and it's just not worth it.

    A shortscale is hugely easier on my destroyed hand, but they're all so problematic in one way or the other, and usually just plain Mickey Mouse. :(
  9. superheavyfunk


    Mar 11, 2013
    So a couple days after I started this post, the very bass that I dreamed of showed up in my Facebook newsfeed, with a Curtis Novak bisonic pup and it looked awesome! GAS returned for a few hours, while I googled a bunch of pics and then abated once again after I'd been away from the computer for a while.

    These basses do look great, though. One day, if I win the lottery or something and start a collection, I might consider buying one.
  10. Purchase a medium scale bass. I believe this will solve your problem regarding long scale vs short scale.
  11. superheavyfunk


    Mar 11, 2013
    I keep reading things on here about medium scale basses... What is the actual length of a medium scale and what makers/models are out there?
  12. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Usually 32".

    Everyone from Fender MIM to Birdsong and many other builders make them.