Alright, I received my Fender Mustang Bass and here is my review:
Wow! This thing looks sexy. It looks shorter than I thought it would. Damn the neck is fast, and it sounds good unamplified. First I plugged it into my Bass POD which was set to the Eden amp, Sounds good. Next I dialed it to the Ampeg SVT setting and man what a fat tone I got, I’m loving it. Alright, a little reality check, I plugged it into my Behringer Thunderbird practice amp (8″ speaker). This thing even sounds good through my crappy little practice amp, nice warm tone. So far I am impressed! Fit and finish look great, I got it used so there is some pick scratched on the pick guard and a lacquer chip on the very top of the headstock, but otherwise this thing looks fantastic. I got the Vintage White one.
Okay, so now I’ve played it constantly for about two weeks now and I still love this bass! I put a set of D’Addario super light strings on it, not sure what was on it when I got it but the strings were obviously a heavier gauge. After the string change I had much fret buzz so a truss rod adjustment was needed. Well it turns out you have to completely remove the neck to get to the truss rod adjustment, what a major bummer. Anyway, new strings and adjustment and she still plays like a dream. Never really used strings this light and am still not sure if I like them or not but I am getting a decent tone with them so figure I’ll keep for a while.
The ultimate test, I took it to a jam session this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised at how well it sounded in the mix. The combination of short scale and light strings makes for super fast action and playability. Sorry P-Bass, the Mustang is my new favorite. Just writing about makes me want to play her, I think I will!