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Mustang surf rock

Posted in Gear, Guitar riffs with tags , , , on November 19, 2009 by stevenreedkelly

It’s a little late in the year for summer jams, but I just felt like posting this track.

In 2007, I bought a Fender ’65 Reissue Mustang.  I always liked Fender’s non-traditional models like Jaguars, Jazzmasters and Mustangs.  What I’d really like to add to the collection someday is an old Duosonic II (Basically a Mustang with a hardtail bridge), but I bought this thing instead.

At first, I didn’t love the Mustang like I thought I would.  It’s a thin guitar that doesn’t have much sustain.  It’s much better for chording than soloing, and the pickups don’t pack much of a punch.  For an aspiring blues player, this was a mismatch.  The Mustang and I parted ways in summer of 2008 when I traded it in for my second American Standard Telecaster (my stepmom always said – if you find something you like, get it in several colors… but I think she was talking about clothes).

In retrospect, I really miss the Mustang.  I did a lot of recording with it and I used it on a lot of my favorite jams.  It had a really great, although thin, tone and I’ll definitely look into getting another one of these for cheap someday.

Anyways, during the Mustang’s tenure in my rig, I decided that I needed to record something reminiscent of the old surf bands of the 60s.  I never really finished this song, but I’m happy with the way it turned out so far…