Short Scale, High Style
Mustang—a small bass with a big sound and identity
WHAT MAKES IT A
Small Offset Body
Its balanced silhouette offered greater comfort to budding musicians. Now, it’s the essence of unconventional vintage style.
Short Scale Length
The 30-inch scale length is great for small-handed players looking to navigate narrower frets. It also contributes to the bass’ fat, round tone.
Split Single-Coil Pickup
Though originally designed as a student model, the Mustang Bass delivers massive sound that makes it iconic among today’s post-punk artists, too.
HEAR THE SOUND
Omar AhmedYoungblood Hawke
HEAR THE SOUND
Mikey WayMy Chemical Romance
EARLY ’70S MUSTANG VIBE
Pawn Shop Mustang Bass
Pawn Shop basses evoke the more eccentric Fender creations of the mid-’60s to mid-’70s while delivering modern sound and quality with a fascinating mix of various Fender elements.
1977: New Wave, New Sound
Bands such as Television and the Talking Heads give birth to the new wave movement, challenging the punk-rock culture of the same era. The Talking Heads' Tina Weymouth plays a Mustang Bass, which complements the band's signature synth-infused art house sound.
1996: Fender in the Studio
Justin Meldal-Johnsen becomes Beck's musical director when the singer-songwriter releases the critically acclaimed album Odelay. The producer and musician gains industry credibility for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Goldfrapp, the Dixie Chicks and more, and often backs those recordings with a Mustang Bass.
2001: A Pop Punk Centerpiece
Mikey Way brings the historic Mustang Bass to the forefront of the pop-punk movement when he begins playing the instrument with My Chemical Romance.