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Help with Fender mustang player bass PJ

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by dayman, Feb 26, 2021.

  1. dayman

    dayman TDPRI Member

    Jun 15, 2016
    orlando, fl

    I am a guitar player who plays in a band currently and am looking to get into bass for recording purposes as well as to become a better well-rounded musician. I might play bass in the band but i also sing and have sort of a “front man thing” going on. For that reason i am thinking about a shorter scale length because i jump around a lot. I’m seeing great reviews for the fender mustang bass PJ and i love the “aged natural” finish. Do you think this would be a good beginners bass?

    I also have a question. Does anyone know the difference between the “fender mustang player bass PJ” and the “Fender Specal Edition Mustang PJ Bass” on Sweetwater? Same guitar? I will provide links to both. Thank you!


  2. dpang2836

    dpang2836 Tele-Meister

    Sep 19, 2019
    Post Falls Idaho
    DSCN1604 (2).JPG Specs say to me same Guitar, just different Finish and Neck. Natural one (which I love) might be 2 piece Body, where the Painted one could be 3-4 piece. Plus Pau Ferro and Rosewood are more costly. I haven't played Bass in 45 years, so I am building a P Bass with a 30" Scale Rosewood Neck. Will post pics when done. Unfinised Tele shape Chambered Body with F-Hole. Cherry Red Nitro waiting till Wed. Did a full scale one for my Brothers 70th BD. Butterscotch Blond is his (damn)!
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2021
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  3. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 TDPRI Member

    Dec 15, 2020
    Hamilton New Jersey
    The aged natural one specifically says alder body, not sure about the cream one. I like the cream and maple board better and there probably isn't much of a noticeable difference between the two. As a guitarist you might like the shorter scale. Both seem like good options.
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  4. Bassman8

    Bassman8 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2018
    Centrally South PA
    The Mustangs are the same, the special edition is a color only Sweetwater sells and has a special edition sticker. The other bigger places have other special edition colors. I like Maple boards so got the Buttercream and it's nice looking. I really like the Mustangs, they are a small but serious bass.
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  5. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 3, 2021
    Austin, TX
    I’m not selling you on either. But they are both cool. The surf green and buttercream are both awesome.

    I think “special edition “ refers to a Sweetwater special color. So basically it’s a color that isn’t available elsewhere this year.

    An example is they have a special edition Champ with a Ragin Cajun speaker in tweed. They are such a big buyer they get programs from some vendors.

    oh, your question, surely they are the same because the special is the Player price.

    I don’t think the body would be any different, but if it was it wouldn’t be easy to tell apart. Maple or pao fingerboard is a preference.

    Have fun.

    And edit to say short scales are fun. They sound great and are easy to learn on. A P Bass is 34” because Leo said so, not because of any metric.
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  6. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Antelope, California
    I've got one of the Special Edition ones. It's nice. It's more than adequate for a beginner; it'll last you a lifetime. My only thing is the pickups are decent, but not great. The low E can seem a bit floppy, which is because of the 30" scale.

  7. Gunny

    Gunny Tele-Holic

    Jan 13, 2008
    Newcastle, Ontario Canada, near Toronto
    I've got a new one in goldmist (a stock colour as far as I know). Got it new on Amazon Jan 1 this year. I've got a Ric 4003, Hofner 500/1, Sting, VM Tele bass, and a Bronco that I modded.
    I wouldn't change a thing about the Mustang PJ. I'm not a fan of J PUPs but the bridge isn't overpowering like the Ric can be. Love the Precision PUP in it and yes, do mix in the J to suit.
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