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1965 Fender Mustang Vintage Offset Electric Guitar Dakota Red, 100% Original w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Mustang in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, boasting a slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard and original hardshell case. While a slab Brazilian rosewood board was something typically reserved for Pre-CBS Fender instruments (in contrast with the thinner veneer boards which were the norm at the time), it was also implemented only on the Mustang and Jaguar models in the mid-1960s for a couple short production runs like the example seen here.

This Mustang has a smooth, defined natural sound that translates well through the stock gray bobbin pickups. There's a bold chewy twang in the bridge position, and smooth bell-like cut and percussive snap at the neck. The Mustang also has the added benefit of a pair of three-way on/off/on pickup switches for an out-of-phase hollow quack when the switches are engaged in their innermost or outermost positions. The instrument weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck is among the more substantial profile carves we've seen on any vintage Mustang, and the chunky C-shaped profile has generous shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .895" 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 and early 1966, eschewing the much more common veneer boards otherwise seen throughout the Mustang's original production run. The original slender frets retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear on the crowns of frets 1-2. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the nut width is 1 5/8". On the headstock, the Fender "F" tuning machines work smoothly and hold pitch well with white buttons, and the headstock face retains a near-mint original Fender Mustang decal. The neck heel has a bold December, 1965 date stamp, and the neck pocket has the correct paint stick markings, indicative of an original finish.

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 knobs, black pickup covers, and wide bevel 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 chrome is positively gleaming, with light surface patina across the barrel bridge saddles.

The Dakota Red nitro lacquer finish is notably well-kept, with tight, prominent vertical checking. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few small finish chips on the body perimeter, light scuffing in the clear coat across the back, and sparingly little additional wear. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

The original hardshell case with a gray speckled exterior and clean black leather ends is included and equally as clean as the guitar.