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NBD: Short, Mexican, and beautiful.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jswigal, Feb 14, 2020 at 12:57 PM.

  1. jswigal


    Mar 20, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    So, I had always shrugged off short-scale basses as 'children's toys,' or at best a novelty that fits into some very specific situations, and it was with that sentiment that I picked up the MiM P/J Mustang that was hanging out at our rehearsal spot last week. I played a couple tunes on it and was amazed by the quality of the fit and finish, and how, well, just 'fun' it felt to play. It haunted me. I checked out another one at a local shop to make sure it wasn't a fluke...but I don't much like Pao Ferro finger boards, or pastel colors; so I was safe, right?

    But unfortunately we live in a world with the internet, and Fender decided to release P/J Mustangs with great paint-jobs and maple fingerboards: Don't let the crappy image quality of my phone's camera fool you; this thing is gorgeous!

    I dialed in the intonation pretty quickly, and the action wasn't too bad to start. I gave the truss rod about 1/16 of a turn and it responded nicely. I have a set of Chromes arriving this evening to go with it, and am expecting all kinds interesting responses from my band-mates when it shows up to the gig Saturday night.

    If y'all are interested in better photos, I can dig out the pro-camera; since I know there hasn't been much out there about these maple/sienna-burst Mustangs...


  2. Beautiful indeed, congrats! Enjoy it. I really like the new colours that the MIM PJ Mustangs come in - especially this one with the maple board.
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  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Yep, they're very nice. My Mustang LE P/J is one of the best sounding basses I've ever had.
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  4. Congrats on the new shorty! :thumbsup:

    I have TWO of those, however, they are both pastels. Love 'em. The sonic blue one has the darkest pau ferro I've ever seen too.

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  5. Not a big fan of the Mustang body shape but the pastel colours are fantastic, as is that sienna burst! Dang.
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  6. Nice bass! Enjoy!
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  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That is a beauty indeed!
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  8. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    dang, that looks nice! Love the color combo. I didn’t know they had this model in sunburst/maple
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  9. Very nice. I agree with you completely. The Mustangs have always interested me, but the colors and lack of a Maple fretboard option have always kept me from taking the plunge. This one is exactly what I have been waiting for.
  10. jgroh


    Sep 14, 2007
    Little lupe?
  11. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Isn’t it amazing how much better our lives quickly become once we abandon our preconceived notions about things and actually go and try them out for ourselves? :laugh:

    “Hands on” is everything. Play it well! :thumbsup::)

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  12. As soon as I read your title I thought “Mustang”, and when I saw P/J I knew for sure. If you enjoy yours as much as I’ve enjoyed mine you’re going to have a really good time!

    I’d love to put some flats on mine, but it has the best roundwound tone of any in my stable with the stock strings so I haven’t changed them. Maybe I need two...
  13. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    Needs tort.
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  14. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I was recently saved from a similar fate. I went to the big city for a medical procedure. I arrived on Wednesday with my stuff scheduled for Friday. When i got to town i stopped by GC for no other reason than to look at more than the three basses for sale in the little shop in my newly adopted home town. Among the slew of basses was an MIM PJ Mustang. I picked it up and played it for a minute and decided if i was still among the living come Saturday i would go get it, ugly green scratch plate and all. I (obviously) got out of the hospital alive but when i returned to GC someone had already beat me to the punch.
  15. soulstew

    soulstew Supporting Member

    May 15, 2014
    North Dakota
    As soon as I read it, I thought
    upload_2020-2-15_9-44-1.jpeg Salma Hayek:)

    That IS a beautiful mustang, though.
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  16. MCF


    Sep 1, 2014
    Nice! Join the Mustang Club thread. Warning: you’ll soon be GASing for a JMJ to run with your new beauty.
  17. Monterey Bay-ss

    Monterey Bay-ss Supporting Member

    Maple+black+burst=where it’s at! Congratulations.
  18. burgerdj


    Dec 4, 2006
    That sienna maple combo is fantastic!
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  19. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, erstwhile reed man Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    Don't be taking about me like that— oh nevermind, you talking about a bass
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  20. Pearl green with mint PG and maple FB. And it came with free lessons! AA6AD0B7-693C-4AD9-A5DE-235EC4491AFE.jpeg
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