I did a thing! American Performer Mustang ordered!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MustangMan78, Sep 21, 2022.

  1. MustangMan78


    Mar 20, 2021
    As my name implies, I love Mustangs. Being a guitarist, there’s just something about the 30” scale that feels “right” to me. I’ve tried playing 34” scale basses and it just doesn’t work. I’ve been wanting a backup bass (as well as something with a J pickup) now that I’m playing out regularly, so today I ordered the American Performer in arctic white. I’m probably going to eventually swap the Mustang split pickup out for a P, then I will have the option of all three single coil pickup types between my two basses. My 60s reissue will become my backup bass once this one arrives. At this point, I have no estimate yet on a delivery date from Fender. Hopefully, it’ll be sooner rather than later!
  2. CletusMarley

    CletusMarley Knuckle Dragger Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2018
    Nice choice!
  3. rpt50


    Jan 10, 2021
    Interesting that you had to order. Both my local GC and a local mom and pop have then in stock (at least they did last week). Both were set up well and sounded great! I would like to buy one myself, but I probably should sell something first. Make sure you give it a very thorough inspection before you start putting any miles on it. One of the examples had some finish flaws (it was that surf green color) that you would not expect in a relatively expensive instrument.
  4. neo 7

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

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I like Mustangs too
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  5. MustangMan78


    Mar 20, 2021
    Nice collection! Don’t they all pretty much sound the same, though?
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  6. MustangMan78


    Mar 20, 2021
    I’ll definitely scrutinize it. Sam Ash is my local store and they don’t have any in stock. That’s where my account is so I can get the no interest payment plan.
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  7. Congrats, Dude! Those Mustangs are pretty sweet.

    In related news.. what are your thoughts on the new Ford Mustang redesign?
  8. neo 7

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

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    For the most part....that's an old pic, I've sold two of the Mustangs.
  9. Bajo Clarkko

    Bajo Clarkko

    Aug 9, 2015
    I hope you like it as much as I like mine. 2004 MIJ with La Bella DTFs on it. Nice and thumpy.
    (Sorry for the slightly blurry pic.) 6B4AB8F1-5DC0-41A4-93F8-5D473EE1503E.jpeg
  10. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    I put a Nordy Mustang pickup under the covers on my short scale bass, along with a Seymour Duncan stack J-neck (bar instead of individual poles) as a bridge pickup to balance. The Nordy has a little more wire and dual poles per string, so the pickup is a hybrid between a P and a Mustang. Great, big, round, tone. And make sure you put a set of GHS Balanced Nickels on it; God's gift to short scale bass players, as I have posted many times their attributes in other threads.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2022
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  11. MustangMan78


    Mar 20, 2021
    Looks exactly like my ‘13.
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  12. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    My condolences.
  13. No Malarky

    No Malarky

    May 27, 2010
    The Mustang is Fender model I have played but never owned. I tried to buy a super clean all original '67 back in 2018, but we could not agree on a price.

    I may now revive the hunt.
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  14. Enjoy your new bass, Mustangs are great basses.
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  15. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    Nice. Love the arctic white. I'd like to have a Mustang, but these days I'm a 5 string guy. I wonder if they will ever do Mustang 5er?
  16. MustangMan78


    Mar 20, 2021
    I highly doubt it. I’d think that low B would be pretty floppy on a 30” scale. Plus, Mustang has always been a student model, which I’d say definitely doesn’t extend into the 5 string realm.
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  17. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    Very good choice. I have been eyeing getting another Mustang or Musicmaster myself.
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  18. DrBnz


    Apr 4, 2021
    I've sampled many Short Scales. Although I've never held a Mustang I didn't like.... Not all Mustangs are alike. The American Performer is my favorite - by far. But yer gonna need one with roundwound and one with flats.

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  19. MustangMan78


    Mar 20, 2021
    I'm probably going to put flats on my 60's reissue. Also have a set of nylon tapewounds I might try on there. I've always questioned how they would hold up to frets, however.
  20. Honkey tonk

    Honkey tonk Turn it up

    Feb 10, 2019
    Lower 48
    Bella flats , Thumps ...

    20200124_073841.jpg Fine choice,
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2022
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