Fender American Performer Mustang & Mustang Bass

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Re: Fender American Performer Mustang & Mustang Bass

Post by Ben17e » Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:53 am

Are the trems available separately somewhere already? They look excellent. Love the little bushing on the trem arm and the block underneath. So great to see Fender improving this design.

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Re: Fender American Performer Mustang & Mustang Bass

Post by timtam » Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:08 pm

Ben17e wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:53 am
Are the trems available separately somewhere already? They look excellent. Love the little bushing on the trem arm and the block underneath. So great to see Fender improving this design.
Parts manual now available ..
https://www.fmicassets.com/Damroot/Orig ... ustang.pdf

Trem is TREMOLO AM PERFORMER MUSTANG MODIFIED 7713264000. But no sign of it yet from aftermarket sources.

BTW the bridge also has its own part number ..
BRIDGE ASSY AM PERFORMER MUSTANG 7713209000

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Re: Fender American Performer Mustang & Mustang Bass

Post by Debaser » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:11 am

Also encouraged to see Fender pay attention to the Mustang vibrato. I played a Performer the other day, and noticed the new two-point fulcrum design—it better resembles the G&L two-point more than ever now. I was hoping they came up with a better ‘hot dog’ bar though, one that eliminates the wrap around and works with a string-thru design. Missing the “Fender” stamp too, wtf? :D
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Re: Fender American Performer Mustang & Mustang Bass

Post by CROSS_guitars » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:44 pm

Parts are finally popping up on Ebay

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2019-Fender ... Swa55cS7B8

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Re: Fender American Performer Mustang & Mustang Bass

Post by Tehz_ » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:48 pm

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Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:01 pm
Played one of these at Guitar Center tonight. I hate to be negative, but I thought it felt really cheap. The neck had that sort of satin finish that I associate more with Affinity series Squiers. I also had a very hard time keeping it in tune, and the fret ends were sharp at a couple points lower on the neck. The GC setup may have been to blame for this. I didn’t plug it in (I usually don’t at guitar stores), so I can’t speak to what the pickups are like. The finish looked nice, though!

I was honestly pretty disappointed, but it may have just been a dud. Minutes later, I played one of the Performer series Tele’s and I loved it; felt really good, stayed in tune, and the neck had a higher-quality satin finish, as well. So, there is still hope for the series, I would say. Either the Mustang I played was a pretty bad one or the Tele I played was a great one. I would be happy to try more of both, but my first impression of the Mustang was not very good.
Thought I would revive this thread cuz I played a different Performer Mustang today at a store and thought it was great! The neck finish still felt a little cheap - I played an American Professional Strat right after playing the Mustang and their respective satin finishes definitely feel different - but overall, I was kind of impressed. I still wouldn’t pay $1100 for one, but if they start popping up used for <$1000, I would certainly consider picking one up!

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Re: Fender American Performer Mustang & Mustang Bass

Post by Fendereedo » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:28 pm

I've got the one in penny colour. I have to admit the headstock looks a bit cheap, but I'm going to gloss spray logo front, make it look a little bit less like an affinity Squier.

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