Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Mustang, 100% original and boasting the original Daphne Blue nitro lacquer finish and a slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard. While a thick slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard was something typically reserved for Pre-CBS Fender instruments, it was also implemented only on the Mustang model in the mid-1960s for a couple short production runs like the example seen here. The features of this Mustang are unique to the earliest examples of this model including an L-prefix neck plate, Kluson Deluxe double line tuners, and a Pat. Pending vibrato unit.
This Mustang model has a bold voice that translates well through the stock gray bobbin pickups with great jangle and clarity. Since the pickups are essentially flat pole Stratocaster pickups with covers over the magnets, the tones are surprisingly similar, although the Mustang has the added benefit of a pair of three-way on/off/on pickup switches for a very cool out-of-phase hollow twang and quack when the switches are engaged in their innermost or outermost positions. Strummed acoustically, the guitar has a smooth, defined voice, and the guitar is featherweight at 7lbs 3oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Mustang is dialed in with a fresh set of 11-48 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, yet with round shoulders in every register and appreciable depth and chunk as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The fretboard is particularly rare in that it's a dark, tight-grained Brazilian rosewood *slab,* something only seen on select few Mustangs produced in '65, eschewing the much more common veneer boards otherwise seen throughout the Mustang's original production run. The original slender frets are intact, showing moderate uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 6, with virtually no wear further up the fingerboard. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, with the truss rod nut still flush with the neck heel, necessitating little adjustment over the past half century. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines work smoothly and hold pitch well with original white buttons, and the headstock face is particularly clean, retaining a practically pristine original Fender Mustang decal. The neck heel retains its bold October, 1965 date stamp, and the neck pocket has the correct paint stick markings, offering a very snug and secure fit for the neck.
The electronics function as intended and everything is stock right down to the last screw with untouched solder joints. The CTS pots date to the 34th week of '65, and the early gray bobbin pickups sport 1965 handwritten dates as well. Plastic parts include the stock knobs, black pickup covers, and the white pearloid pickguard. The original bridge is present, accompanying the vibrato unit (complete with the original arm), and this vibrato has excellent spring tension and actuates with a light touch, jumping back to the original pitch with ease.
The Daphne Blue nitro lacquer finish exhibits greening of the clear coat and prominent forearm wear through the primer and down to the bare poplar where the forearm crosses the top. The lacquer shows faint, tight vertical checking, with various finish chips particularly at the back body waist with additional scuffs and nicks consistent with honest use across the body. The lacquer on the neck profile has been brought down to a silky smooth satin feel by natural playwear, with just one small nick central to the profile carve behind fret 3.
This is a great vintage Mustang with a desirable and 100% original Daphne Blue lacquer finish, Brazilian rosewood slab fretboard, and original gray bobbin single coil pickups.
The original gray speckled hardshell case is included with black leather ends, functioning outer latches, and the stock handle.