Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Mustang in excellent, 100% original condition, boasting an Olympic White 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.
This Mustang model has a bold natural sound 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 lightweight at 7lbs 4oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Mustang is dialed in with a fresh set of 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a substantial, chunky C shape with generous shoulder and practically uniform profile depth as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .885" at the 12th. The fretboard is particularly rare in that it's a Brazilian rosewood *slab,* something only seen on a 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 light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, extending even more faintly beneath the B 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 width is noted as “B” on the heel, which would equate to 1 5/8”, yet the nut is just fractionally shy of that width at 1.600”. On the headstock, the Fender "F" 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 November, 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 42nd week of '65. Plastic parts include the stock knobs, white pickup covers, and wide bevel nitrate red tortoise 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 chrome has plenty of shine with light surface patina, and even the original bridge cover is included.
The Olympic White nitro lacquer finish exhibits prominent vertical lacquer checking and modesty yellowing of the clear coat, with a faint sticker tan line on the lower bout where the forearm crosses the top. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to some scattered small dings and finish scuffs, mostly relegated to the back and body perimeter. The neck profile is extremely smooth and clean, and the nitro gloss shows no palm wear.
This is a great vintage Mustang with a desirable and 100% original Olympic White 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 and the stock handle. The latches exhibit some rust, and the outer latches no longer function, but the middle latch is still viable.