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1965 Fender Mustang Vintage Offset Electric Guitar Daphne Blue w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Mustang in excellent condition and in perfect working order, featuring a body-only refinish and outfitted with a pair of gray bobbin Seymour Duncan Antiquity II pickups. This guitar retains unique early features of the Mustang model including an L-prefix neck plate, Kluson Deluxe double line tuners, and a Pat. Pending vibrato unit. Featherweight at 6lbs 10oz, this vintage Mustang has a clear, smooth acoustic voice that translates well through the gray bobbin pickups with great jangle and clarity. The Seymour Duncan Antiquity IIs are rich and detailed, with a surprising amount of roundness and depth to compliment the expected chime and sparkle in the top end, while the pair of three-way on/off/on pickup switches provide very cool out-of-phase hollow twang and quack when the switches are engaged in their innermost or outermost positions. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Mustang has been strung with fresh 11-48 strings, dialed in for low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges in every register, with a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut and notably more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The stock slender fretwire is intact on the Brazilian rosewood board, and the frets show uniform wear beneath the strings on frets 1-7, extending more lightly beneath the plains until fret 9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The guitar has the full 24" scale length and a 7 1/4" fretboard radius. The upgraded carved bone nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. On the headstock, the Mustang decal is flawless on the face, and a modern set of Kluson Deluxe double line tuners work smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel retains a bold August, 1965 date stamp.

The electronics all function as intended, with original CTS pots that date to the 34th week of '65 and a modern pair of Seymour Duncan Antiquity II pickups that faithfully capture the tonal properties of the original single coils. The bridge pickup route has been enlarged prior to the current finish, presumably to accommodate a Tele-style baseplate. The original hardware is all present including the L-prefix four-bolt neck plate, bridge with barrel saddles, and Pat. Pending vibrato unit. This vibrato has excellent tension and actuates with a light touch, jumping back to the original pitch with ease and retaining the original arm. Plastics include the original pair of knobs and a modern white pearloid WD pickguard.

The body-only refinish is a very faithful shade of vibrant Daphne Blue and the finish was applied without a sealer coat, so the grain of the body wood can faintly be seen through the finish. The finish is acrylic and semi-pro in its application, with wear limited to one very tiny screw hole on the back at the treble-side waist, and only a few minor nicks and a touch of vibrato arm scuffing behind the bridge. The original nitro lacquer finish is intact on the headstock and neck heel, with the finish worn to the bare maple along the profile. The neck profile is very smooth, with only a few shallow marks central to the carve behind frets 5-6.

A hardshell case is included.