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Anyone played the new Squier VM Mustang yet?
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Fine Swine
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, I wish this thing came with a bridge humbucker, like the Cobain Mustang...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whereas I'm pleased as punch that it doesn't Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fine Swine wrote:
Man, I wish this thing came with a bridge humbucker, like the Cobain Mustang...


Its a cheap mustang so if you want a humbucker cut it up and do it yourself.
Or buy a JB JR.

They cant make everybody happy.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

weeping_moon wrote:
Fine Swine wrote:
Man, I wish this thing came with a bridge humbucker, like the Cobain Mustang...


Its a cheap mustang so if you want a humbucker cut it up and do it yourself.
Or buy a JB JR.

They cant make everybody happy.


I...


I AGREE!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't wait until these are on the used market.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any word on lefty models? I'd love another mustang to mod as I'm happy with my current one.

Oh, and I blame this forum for getting me into mustangs. Bastards. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No left-handers, Squier already provides guitars for disabled people with their Green Day and Avril Lavigne signature models.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL

We'd get along irl.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Errr..... what haven't I covered ? Oh yeah, big surprise for me was the neck was quite chunky !!! Not what i usually like but feels nice on my hands at least. I'm sure it could put a few off perhaps. Jags and jazzys more tradition in that respect. Or perhaps a '65 era mustang do have a chunkier neck, I don't know ?

Any Qs, fire away. Good night. ZZZZZZzzzzzzz

Did the neck arrive straight and flat? Did you have to adjust the truss rod? Thanks for the review.


Yeah, that's a very helpful review, Othomas. Thanks. Love yer humor, EK. About the '65 neck and body shape...

Mine is a '65 and the neck is definitely not chunky. It's petite as you'd expect of a student model of that era. But Squier's preserving the 60s body shape. They were slabs of light-weight Poplar up to late '69 when the ergonomic tummy cut was added.

Last week I played a RI Mustang for the first time and was impressed with the neck being more substantial. And the RI is heavier, played more solidly, with a professional quality & feel to it that the '60s Mustangs lack. It felt like a completely different guitar from mine.

About the pickups, power and tones, Squier was aware of the dilemma, I'm sure. Reissuing a "vintage" '65 Mustang, do ya go for the true vintage sound? Or do ya give the 2012 musician a bit more hi-tech pups?

The correct answer from Marketing is probably to go with more hi-tech pups. I guess it would be the smaller market group of purist musicians who will prefer something closest to the '65 pups' vintage sound. It's really a matter of what ya like but I wonder with all due respect why buy this guitar if the first thing ya gonna do is replace pups... Wink

BTW, I've been told the 60s pups are the ones they used in the early 60s Strat, but have yet to verify that. Anyone know for sure?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ekwatts wrote:
No left-handers, Squier already provides guitars for disabled people with their Green Day and Avril Lavigne signature models.


Sad

Well you don't have to be a dick about it...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ekwatts wrote:
No left-handers, Squier already provides guitars for disabled people with their Green Day and Avril Lavigne signature models.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did lol too... Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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speedfish wrote:
Errr..... what haven't I covered ? Oh yeah, big surprise for me was the neck was quite chunky !!! Not what i usually like but feels nice on my hands at least. I'm sure it could put a few off perhaps. Jags and jazzys more tradition in that respect. Or perhaps a '65 era mustang do have a chunkier neck, I don't know ?


That surprised me too! I played one the other day alongside the VM Jaguar and was surprised at the chunkiness of the neck. In my head, a shortscale neck with that much shoulder is a Jaguar neck and a skinny shortscale neck is a Mustang neck, so it felt a bit odd.

Not that it's not a nice neck, far from it, it just didn't sit right for me for the five minutes I was playing it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read that the tremolo makes Mustangs go out of tune really quickly. Have any of you noticed the same with the VM? Is there a way to make the tuning more stable while still using the trem? I'm not aiming to do dive bombing and that sort of thing, but I do like to use a trem like I had with my BT Jazzmaster and Bullet.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
I gotta say Phil.. I like the idea of a TOM and agree with Owens extra mass=more sustain theory. I fitted a TOM on the Jag-Stang i built and im impressed with the Squier JMJM as well.
Thanks for the info though, some guys will no doubt want to keep it traditional.


They have a slightly different feel to them, but I like both - I appreciated the merits of the Adjusto-matic bridges on both the Fender Jaguarillo and the Squier JMJM when I reviewed them... I just wanted to point out the difference in fingerboard radius and the potential for issues if someone who prefers the regular Mustang bridge tries it on the VM Jag or JM.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

plaidbeer wrote:
I've read that the tremolo makes Mustangs go out of tune really quickly. Have any of you noticed the same with the VM? Is there a way to make the tuning more stable while still using the trem? I'm not aiming to do dive bombing and that sort of thing, but I do like to use a trem like I had with my BT Jazzmaster and Bullet.


i'm a big mustang trem user and i beat hard live.
You need to set up well and it doesn't go out of tune.
- move the springs to have more tension
- lower the tube where the strings are
- higher the bridge
- if the guitar is new you have to wait about 2 month for a perfect stability.

you have different topic about it here
i can give more details too
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is an old thread, but it helped me make a decision about buying the Squier Mustang, so I'll add some of my experience with it for anyone who's in the same position I was and is still looking for more information.

When I first got the guitar I had horrible buzzing from the bridge. I tried flipping it around as has been suggested but that didn't do it for me. I did a lot of adjustments on the saddles and still no luck, plus the guitar constantly went out of tune. I didn't want to block the vibrato as I personally love that feature, and I didn't want to put in a TOM bridge. What I did was install some Graphtech String Saver saddles, and I replaced the stock nut with a Graphtech TUSQ nut. After doing that, I replaced the stock trem springs with higher-tension vintage-correct springs from ebay, attached the ends of the springs to the lowest slots on the cigar tube prongs, and lowered the cigar tube as Johnny Noir suggested. The guitar stays in tune like a dream now, and I seldom go out of tune just by playing. I can do all the bends I want and do dives with the vibrato and stay in tune most of the time.

I also just ordered a single coil-sized humbucker for the bridge (Don't hate me Embarassed ). I love the neck single coil, and the bridge single coil sounded great for cleans, but I generally like my bridge pickup to handle gain well and the stock pickup was just too fizzy in my opinion. Plus I did a wiring mod where the neck 3-way switch acts as a pickup selector, so I can stick to the neck PUP for cleans and the bridge for dirt. It was a great base guitar for messing around with and modding. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot doing it, and with a bit of work and small investments, I ended up making a cheap guitar play pretty darn nicely.

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a genuinely worthwhile first post. I'm covered mustang wise but everytime I hear good things about the vm I get tempted.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BillClay wrote:
That was a genuinely worthwhile first post.



Agreed.
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