Fender Mustang 90 Review – 2021 Guide

| Last Updated: May 8, 2021

The Fender Mustang 90 is one of the newest Fender guitars to hit the market. It has a stylish, warm look and has been a much-anticipated addition to the guitar community.

This electric offering is one that you will want to try. The sound is clear and the action is smooth. A quick plug into an amp and you’re ready to go.

The Mustang offers good sound, easy play at a good price.

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  • Has a 24 scale length neck for lead playing
  • Uses two P90 Mustang pickups
  • Comes with a C shape and a slim tapered neck
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Fender Mustang 90

Fender Mustang 90 - Pau Ferro - Burgundy Mist Metallic

PROS

  • Size
  • Sound
  • Price
  • Finish and Construction

CONS

  • Neck
  • Switches
  • Accessories

Specs 

This new Fender is made in their facility in Mexico. It offers lots to look forward to, with Fender’s classic stylistic appeal.

  • Type of Guitar: Electric

  • Body Size and Type: Alder small body with original Mustang design

  • Number and Type of Strings: 6 strings that are Fender 250R Nickel-Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)

  • Tonewood: Alder tonewood

  • Orientation: Left or Right-hand orientation

  • Neck Size: 22 frets on C shaped neck

  • Action: Good action

  • Scale Length: 24” scale length

  • Color: Comes in 5 colors including silver, aged natural, Torino red, seafoam green, and burgundy mist metallic

  • Weight: 10.18Lbs

  • Pickup Type: Mustang MP 90 pickup

    Pros

    The following are some pros of the Fender Mustang 90:

    Mid-Rich Sound

    This Fender guitar is an underground classic model. That means its sound has a great vibe that carries mid-rich tones with a little bit of bark and sharpness. It can play vintage tunes to some smooth jazz to hard rock. When highlighted with overdrive and distortion, it sounds clear and projects depth in whatever style you choose to play. It also has great sustain as well. The guitar’s inherent tone is simple to shape if you have a good amp and a couple of overdrives. The overall sound is exciting and enjoyable.

  • Quality Finish and Construction

    While the priority with any instrument is going to be a good sound, looks count for something, too. This Fender is a guitar that wins in that area. While people may balk that it is made in Mexico, the quality is typical Fender. It looks good with whatever finish you choose and is topped with a tortoiseshell pickguard. The colors are good-looking and while limited, have styles to suit most. The finish is clean with no chips, cracks, or factory issues and the Satin finish that is found on the neck is stunning. The hardware is quality and professionally installed. There are no tooling issues or improper alignments. It is a well-made guitar that has few construction faults.

    Smaller Size

    One of the great things about this guitar is its size. It is smaller in stature so is perfect for those on the road or who need something a little more manageable for their own comfort. It offers great manageability without compromising the look or sound. It may be smaller than average, but it works out to be a plus when it comes to looks and usability.

    Affordable Price

    Fender’s guitars that are made in Mexico have some of the best prices on the market. They offer good looks, great sound, and a reasonable price. Buyers will pay $500-600 for good value and well-known workmanship. The price point is affordable, and the buyer is going to get a great guitar that they would have paid more for if it was another brand.

    Cons of the Fender Mustang 90

    However, it comes with some drawbacks, including:

    Three-Way Switch

    On this model, Fender uses a single three-way toggle switch set up. This makes pickup choice faster and simpler than a dual slider that’s on older model Mustangs. However, there is a downside to this. With the three-way set up, the player can no longer have the pickups out of phase. While this isn’t hugely problematic, it can be restricting.

    Sharp Edges on Neck

    While the construction of this guitar is top-notch, there is one issue with the neck. The neck is smooth and well-crafted but has some sharp edges on the fretboard. These will wear down over time and repetitive use, but it is something to note when it comes to overall comfort.

    Lack of Accessories

    There are no extras with this guitar unless you find a seller that comes up with a deal on their own. There is no gig bag, tuner, or stand included, so make sure to budget for this if these are things you need.

    What Are the Components of the Fender Mustang 90? 

    Body - Fender has moved from a standard tonewood to using alder for the body. It is a solid piece that carries clear sound.

    Neck - The neck has a 9.5” radius Pau Ferro fingerboard that is made from maple to match the neck itself. It has 22 frets sized medium-jumbo for 4 octaves of playability.

    Bridge - The bridge is a hardtail Strat bridge that has bent steel saddles.

    Pickups - Pickups are Mustang MP-90 – three-way switch.

    Hardware - Hardware is nickel/chrome and is sealed.

    Pickguard - The pickguard is 4 ply Pearloid that has been aged to look great.

    Control Knobs - The control knobs are vintage in look, made of black plastic.

    What Types of Music is the Fender Mustang 90 Best For?

    This Fender can play almost anything the guitarist wants to on an electric guitar. It has a sleek sound that can play the classics and jazz to hard rock and punk. When paired with a good tube amp, its range is wide and diversified. A classic sound that covers the gamut of musical styles people want to tackle. The fact that the sound is clear means it is suitable for both hard and soft sounds that can be used in most musical instances.

    What Ages and Skill Levels is the Fender Mustang 90 Suitable For?

    While this guitar can be played by anyone, it is geared for those who are looking for some quality sound. Its small stature means it is great for hands that have reduced span, but it is pricey for the beginner. However, if the student is serious then the guitar is a great investment to be used by a beginner right up to the most accomplished musician.

    What Makes the Fender Mustang 90 Stand Out From the Competition?

    The Fender Mustang 90 stands out from the competition not only because of the good craftsmanship, but because its price point is reasonable. A musician is going to be challenged to find a guitar that offers the quality this new Mustang has for a similar guitar in its price range.

    Comparison Overview 

    Fender Duo Sonic vs Mustang 90

    These guitars are constructed with the same slimmer alder body, a C maple neck, and 24” scale. Their bridges are similar, as is the stringing. However, the Mustang’s headstock is larger, and the pickups are different due to the angles. This is important as the Mustang is going to have better-amped sound than the Duo Sonic. Both guitars look great, but the sound is a step up on the Mustang.

    Fender Mustang 90 vs Mustang PJ

    These guitars can’t be compared one on one as the Mustang PJ is a bass and the 90 is not. They both carry good sound and can carry the Fender name without issue. They complement each other well with solid construction and style.

    Fender Mustang 90 vs Jazzmaster

    Both good guitars come with pros and cons. While they both have a clean, smooth sound, the Mustang 90 tends to have a warmer yet grittier sound than the Jazzmaster. The Mustang also seems to respond to overdrive as well as distortion a little better than the Jazzmaster. Both are good guitars, but it depends on what type of sound you are looking for, so it's best to try both to see which one suits you best.

    Troubleshooting Fender Mustang 90 Vibrato and Tuning Issues 

    As with any instrument, they all have their quirks and issues that come with a particular style. The Fender Mustang 90 is no different. When looking at the vibrato and tuning, there are some simple fixes that a musician can try. Solutions tend to be for those who know their way around a guitar. If you don’t, then you are best to take it to someone who knows how to work with these minor issues, so they don’t turn into major ones.

    When dealing with vibrato and tuning it is best to check that all the hardware is tight. Springs and posts should be checked; if the string is too high on the post and goes slack, then you have a tuning issue that is difficult to work with. The other spot to adjust is the truss rod. This can be an issue if you are using a heavier gauge string. Once that is adjusted to work with the gauge of the strings, then vibrato and tuning issues should be reduced. Set up always needs to be checked beyond the basics of everyday tuning.

    Conclusion 

    The Fender Mustang 90 is another solid offering from this company. It is stylish, sleek, and versatile with a solid mid-range sound. Its smaller stature means it is accessible for most and is at a good price point for those who want a good quality guitar at a reasonable price. It's one that makes Fender worth its name.

    People Also Ask

    While the review hopes to cover the most needed information, here some other questions that often come up for buyers.

    Is the Fender Mustang 90 Hard to Play?

    Not at all. It is a smaller size so it is simple for anyone to pick up and begin to play. It’s a comfortably designed guitar so it is good to just pick up, plug in, and play.

    How to Care for a Mustang 90 Guitar

    Electric guitars are a little more finicky than acoustic. They need to have a good case and cautious transport when moving around. The basic housekeeping should be light dust and polish, along with general string care. Keep in a room with balanced humidity.

    Is the Fender Mustang 90 a Good Guitar?

    Yes, and not just because it carries the Fender name. It is a well designed and well-manufactured product. It offers a warm sound and is a great guitar for the money.

    How Much Does a Fender Mustang 90 Cost?

    Fender Mustang 90 ranges from $500-600. This is for the guitar alone and no accessories. Case, amp, and strap are extra.



    Hi there, my name is Craig. I took over Gear Savvy in mid-2019 and have had a blast writing content about music ever since. My role here is to steer the ship and ensure readers have the best information available for learning a thing or two. When I’m not working on content, I’m a husband and a dad. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing guitar, or messing around in my woodshop.