Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Mustang in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 100% original save for an upgraded carved bone nut, this Mustang is an early example of the model, retaining its original Daphne Blue nitro lacquer finish and featuring 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 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. Weighing 7lbs 11oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 11-49 roundwound strings and low action, this Mustang is a lively and vital-sounding vintage Fender.
The maple neck has a notably slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with significant roundness and more shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .750" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The guitar has the full 24" Mustang scale, 1 1/2" nut width, and 7 1/4" fretboard radius. On the dark, tight-grained Brazilian rosewood board, the original slender frets are intact, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, and faint wear into the rosewood in this area as well, with sparingly little wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. 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, along with the "paint stick" markings in the neck pocket indicative of an original finish.
The electronics all function as intended, the solder joints are untouched, and the Stackpole pots date to the 12th week of '65. The pickups are both hand-dated on the gray bobbins too, reading 4-7-65. 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 a modern arm. The original plastic parts are notably clean, including the stock knob pair and white pearloid pickguard which is well-preserved with no shrinkage and great dimension in the pearloid material.
The Daphne Blue gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, exhibiting light yellowing of the clear coat on the back in particular, for a subtle green tinge, with prominent vertical lacquer checking and various dings and small finish chips, largely on the back and body perimeter. The nitro gloss on the neck profile is very smooth, with light palm wear through the finish on the treble side of the carve behind frets 1-6, and just a few microscopic marks on the profile length.
The original hardshell case with gray textured exterior is included. The case has clean black leather ends, a trio of stock latches, the original handle, and even the small neck strap.