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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by George Mann, Sep 25, 2013.
Which one do you prefer, and why?
While I haven't actually played a Pawn Shop Mustang, I prefer the Fender Mustang. I like the feel of the 7 1/2" radius neck (Pawn Shop is 9 1/2"), and I like the "traditional" sound of the split-coil pickup. A lot of folks prefer the Pawn Shop's humbucker, and that's fine if that's the sound you're after. If it makes any difference to you, the Pawn Shop is made in Mexico while the current Fender Mustang is made in Japan. If you're undecided and can't find both at a store where you can play them, I recommend you order both from some place (like Sweetwater) that has a good return policy. BTW, the only hard shell case I've found that fits the Mustang properly is Fender's. They usually sell for $150, but sometimes show up on Amazon for $120.
I played a friends pawn shop mustang and it was great, but it prefer the pickup and smaller radius on my mij mustang. It's got a surprisingly wide array of tones and each sounds awesome.
Having played both, you get a really nice bass either way.
The Pawn Shop is definitely less trebly and more woofy. Normal Mustang is closer to a P.
I prefer the MIJ Mustang. Great neck and sweet sounds.
But some folks do prefer a flatter fingerboard. If the OP is choosing, I think he should try both.
i'm actually in the market for the pawn shop mustang right now, i'm looking for the Olympic white one with racing stripes, and I love the muddy humbucker sound
I thought so at first as well. But careful listening has uncovered what sounds like a flat, 2-dimentional tone.
Will the right strings make a difference?
I think it's easier to "muddy up" the split single coil tone with a VT Bass pedal (or some such).