Review: Fender's Mustang Bass PJ is a must-see, must-play short-scale charmer

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There’s no doubt that short-scale basses are en vogue. Maybe it’s just another manifestation of the cyclical nature of trends, or perhaps it’s a reflection of a more broadly embracing and eclectic spirit in modern music, but short-scale basses with their unique harmonic response, rubber-bandy feel and easy playability are all the rage.

Fender introduced the Mustang bass in 1964, and while it never enjoyed the prominence of its genre-defining Precision and Jazz cousins, it always had a passionate fan base. Recognizing the emergent short-scale trend - and with a legendary short-scale in the company’s legacy arsenal - Fender smartly decided to update and reintroduce the Mustang for a new generation of players.

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