I was given an old Fender Mustang as a Christmas present about 10 years ago. I never really had any interest but have started wanting to play a little and now the guitar will not output any sound. I have tried 2 different cords into both my amp and my tuner so I feel sure its not the cords. I have no clue how to work on a guitar but am pretty good at mechanical stuff so I really want to try to fix it myself. Where should I start? Is there any common stuff that goes wrong? I have a hard time believing both pickups went bad from just sitting so I'm thinking its got to be something simple like a broken solder connection. Also, above each pickup there is a three position switch. What position represents what?
There's pretty much no chance the pickups "went bad." Here's a painfully obvious question - do you have your guitar's volume knob turned up? If you do, then it's time to crack open the guitar. First place I'd go is www.fender.com and get the wiring diagram for a Mustang. Make sure all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed when it comes to the connections. If everything is connected, then you should replace your switches and pots (they might be dirty/corroded anyway).

Check out this diagram:


And here's some more general information about Mustangs:

Hi, I'm Peter
Last edited by Dirk Gently at Sep 26, 2006,
Is the volume knob turned up?
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Volume knob is turned up, I guess I am going to dive in to it later this week. Just thought there may be a common problem.