Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Mustang in perfect working order, complete with a modern hardshell case. With a body-only refinish in gloss Black, this Mustang is sleek and mean with 100% original electronics, hardware and plastics. Also an early example of the model, the guitar features Kluson Deluxe double line tuners and an L-prefix neck plate.
This vintage Mustang has a clear, smooth acoustic voice that translates well through the stock gray bobbin pickups with great sparkle and cut. 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. Weighing 6lbs 14oz, this Mustang benefits from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with an appreciable increase in shoulder and heft in the higher registers, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The guitar has the full 24" Mustang scale and 7 1/4" fretboard radius. The dark, tight-grained Brazilian rosewood board has rolled edges, refretted with flawless medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The upgraded carved bone nut measures 1 1/2" in width. On the headstock, the Mustang decal is intact on the face, and the original Kluson Deluxe double line tuners work smoothly and hold pitch well with clean white buttons. The neck heel retains a bold March, 1965 date stamp.
The electronics all function as intended, and the Stackpole pots date to the 12th week of '65. The pickups are both hand-dated on the gray bobbins too, reading 5-17-65 and 5-18-65. The original hardware is all present including the L-prefix serialized four-bolt neck plate, bridge with barrel saddles, and Pat. Pending vibrato unit. This vibrato has excellent tension and actuates smoothly, jumping back to the original pitch with ease and complete with the original arm. The original plastic parts include the knob pair and white pearloid pickguard.
The gloss Black body finish exhibits finish checking and various scuffs and dings, most of which are on the back and body perimeter. The original lacquer has been worn to the smooth, bare maple along the majority of the neck profile.
A brand new black tolex Fender hardshell case is included.