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1966 Fender Mustang Vintage Guitar Olympic White 100% Original, Slab Board w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Mustang boasting an Olympic White gloss nitro lacquer finish and slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard, complete with the 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 model 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 is featherweight at 6lbs 14oz, 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 .895" deep at the 1st fret and .935" 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 are intact, leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime with good meat remaining, currently showing no wear. 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 January, 1966 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 12th week of '66, and both pickup bobbins also have 1966 pencil dates. Plastic parts include the 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 surface patina across the barrel bridge saddles.

The Olympic White nitro lacquer finish exhibits light yellowing of the clear coat and prominent lacquer checking. There are various finish chips primarily along the lower bout body edge, and some additional small dings and scuffs on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, with natural palm wear down to the bare maple along the profile edges.

The original hardshell case with a gray speckled exterior and clean black leather ends is included. The case features the two functional outer latches, as well as the stock handle.