I little while ago I got myself a Fender Mustang, and it didn’t cost me a cent!
Well… sort of… I swapped it for my Maton Mastersound MS503, which some people thought was crazy. Even though the Mastersound was a beautiful guitar, I just wasn’t using it, and the two humbuckers wasn’t the sound for me, I’m more of a single-coil kinda guy 😉
So, I made the swap. Here she is:
Time to get to work…
The first thing I did was to check out how the electronics work with the two 3-way switches, and take a look at how the vibrato works. I don’t use vibrato or whammy bars and much prefer fixed or locked down bridges, so I attempted to get this thing as tight as I could. I took the vibrato apart and moved the springs down a notch so that they would pull tighter.
I’ve read that you can remove the springs completely and get a couple of bolts to just bolt the stop bar down. I found this photo online somewhere (can’t remember where) of a guy who had mounted some bolts in wood in the old spring cavity.
I like this idea and might try it one day.
Next, I tried a couple of things with the electronics. To start with I re-wired it so that the first switch became a typical style pickup selector, like this:
- Neck Pickup
- Both Pickups
- Bridge Pickup
I used the second switch to disable the other controls on the guitar, like this:
- Bypass Volume and Tone (pickup wired directly to output jack)
- Bypass Tone (pickup wired to the volume and then to the output jack)
- Standard (pickup wired to volume, tone and then output jack)
Here’s how to do it:
It looks like this:
This was fun for a while, but it was not all that useful… so, I decided to try something else – a new pickup. I have owned a DiMarzio Fast Track 2 since about 1998. It’s been in and out of various guitars, and stored in the cupboard over the years, and never really found a home. Time to see how it goes in the Mustang.
With the new pickup installed, I re-wired the switches like this:
Switch 1 –
- Neck pickup in phase
- Neck pickup off
- Neck pickup out of phase
Switch 2 –
- Bridge pickup coil split (single coil in phase)
- Bridge pickup off
- Bridge pickup as humbucker
This is a much more useful configuration.
Here’s how you do it:
This configuration is perfect! 🙂
Mustangs are awesome little guitars!