Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by leokula » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:46 pm

I also loved both the SY sigs, but never saw either in person. I liked that they went with something so different, I never expected anything like them coming from Lee or Thurston. Def not for everyone, unlike the Johnny Marr or the J Mascis which were instantly mass adopted.
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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by tdbajus » Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:18 pm

I sort of feel like 85% of people who use the rhythm circuit on the JM is a regular poster on this board, and that in general, present company aside, no one knows how it works.

As a result of this conversation, I went and fiddles with my totally rusted out rhythm circuit which hasn't been used more than a few times in the last 20 years of being soaked in my gross ass sweat. Really does have a different sound than the neck alone, and a nice hump in the midrange, maybe?

Super good for ebow.

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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by BoringPostcards » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:09 pm

tdbajus wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:26 am
Danley wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:13 pm
I like the American Professional series and they're not even a bad deal - on the other hand the Sonic Youth models weren't really my cup of tea (also still glad SY got some credit.)

RE: the American Performer - In a weird way I'd rather have a Strat trem than a Tune-O-Matic/Vibrato; and yet I think my own American Special having a Tune-O-Matic and no vibrato is a few tiers above either. Not quite sure if I'm saying I like them or I don't, but my biggest 'issue' is I would grab a a Doheny first.
re: American Professional- they are about as rare as hens teeth in NYC and Berkeley (The two places I have lived since they came out) but I did play a couple of the rosewood necked jazzmasters as well as a Fender jazzmaster that had a bigsby. I guess it's those weird V-Mod pickups in them, but I thought they all felt nice (especially the rosewood necked one, despite the weight) but was not too inspired by how they sounded. I didn't realize they had the V-Mod pickups in them, at the time.

I wonder how they would have sounded with a set of decent pickups in them...

I think it was weird that G&L released the Dohenys with their strat-esque trem, but they friggin' rule. I have the import version of it, and when I get a sec, I want to find someone who can install a sustainiac. Those MFD JM pickups- even the cheap ones- have a really cool, kinda trashy sound. I sound just like the Grifters, which is a good thing.
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I'm not a fan of Thurston's model, but Lee's is gorgeous and sounds really good.
Also a big fan of the Doheny.
I didn't love the vintage frets on Lee's. My buddy has one, and I think the pickups are OK. I rather like the Thurston neck profile, but I wish it was a 9.5" radius. And had a WRHB in the bridge. :)

I have some Mojo goldfoil PUs in there, and play it without a pick most of the time. Really great sound.
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The Thurston and Lee models are great guitars but are not for everybody. The stripped down electronics, the adjustomatic bridge on the Thurston, the PAF's disguised as WRHB's and Mustang bridge on the Lee, the satin finishes...definitely different. I had a Thurston and ultimately moved it on. My partner has a Lee (he outbid me for it by $5!) and I love playing it but the problem with it is the same problem I have with the Thurston. The slick finish on the body meant that it was hard for my to play it sitting down. It kept sliding around on my thigh.
Yeah, I pulled out the adjustomatic and put in conventional thimbles. I do love that oil finish, though.

[edit] You know, I have been waiting to see either the Lee or Thurston models being put up for sale used, and it never seems to happen. Were they all bought up by collectors who are hoarding them?
The MFDs in G&L tributes aren’t cheaper versions, rather the same US ones from the Fullerton made ones, just the rest of the electronics and wiring are typical import quality components.

I always keep a look out at pawn shops for beat up tributes to snag the pickups out of.
I have a set of ASAT Special MFDs and a set of the S-500 ones waiting to go into something that I salvaged from a couple cruddy and rusty tributes.

I’m trying to decide which ones should go into a VM Mustang.
I’ll probably go the easy route and use the S-500 ones in it.
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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by cestlamort » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:21 am

tdbajus wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:18 pm
I sort of feel like 85% of people who use the rhythm circuit on the JM is a regular poster on this board, and that in general, present company aside, no one knows how it works.

As a result of this conversation, I went and fiddles with my totally rusted out rhythm circuit which hasn't been used more than a few times in the last 20 years of being soaked in my gross ass sweat. Really does have a different sound than the neck alone, and a nice hump in the midrange, maybe?

Super good for ebow.
Totally handy to have a different circuit with dedicated volume for ebow stuff.

The SY guitars seemed to not sell, were then on sale everywhere ($1299 new or so) and then all suddenly gone and now way more expensive when they do show up used.

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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by smalahove » Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:24 am

mbene085 wrote:
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5 John 5s and 4 Jim Roots.
Sounds like an epic bar tab :D

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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by Pacafeliz » Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:00 am

...whatever happened to this one?! ???
i love delay SO much ...that i procrastinate all the time.

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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by ThatGuyOverThere » Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:40 am

Pacafeliz wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:00 am
...whatever happened to this one?! ???
It's real now!

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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by Pacafeliz » Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:33 am

Great!
They could also have called it a Jarman signature :D
Pretty cool but I'd really want to use a Vibrato too!
i love delay SO much ...that i procrastinate all the time.

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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by blunderbuss » Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:41 am

This one is pretty dang cool!
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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by s_mcsleazy » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:33 am

so both pickups are on all the time?
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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by tdbajus » Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:26 pm

s_mcsleazy wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:33 am
so both pickups are on all the time?
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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by DrQuasar » Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:57 pm

The specs on the Fender website have a typo that really confused me for a minute

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It's a 9.5 radius board.

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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by Jan Deal » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:29 pm

It's quite strange to chamber the body of a guitar that is already very light weight. I really like the concept of the rotary switch pickup selector.
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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by mbene085 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:41 pm

Jan Deal wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:29 pm
It's quite strange to chamber the body of a guitar that is already very light weight. I really like the concept of the rotary switch pickup selector.
Ash can get really, really heavy. There's a decreased supply of lightweight swamp ash thanks to the emerald ash borer, so this is probably a way for them to use the heavy hunks of ash that made 1970's Fenders backbreakers, without turning people off with crazy heavy guitars.

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Re: Fender Mustang Ben Gibbard signature?

Post by smjenkins » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:45 pm

JamesSGBrown wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:34 am
elektrovac wrote:
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I did the rotary switch thing years ago with my firemist gold all-mahogany DuoSonic :-)

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