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1966 Fender Mustang Vintage Offset Electric Guitar Daphne Blue


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Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Mustang in excellent condition and in perfect working order. 100% original save for an upgraded carved bone nut, this Mustang retains its original Daphne Blue nitro lacquer finish and is featherweight at 7lbs 2oz. 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. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 10-46 roundwound strings and low action, this Mustang is a lively and vital-sounding vintage Fender.

The maple neck has a round, chunky C profile carve with particularly full shoulders and a substantial, easy-playing feel, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The guitar has the full 24" Mustang scale, 1 5/8" nut width, and 7 1/4" fretboard radius. The stock fretwire is intact on the Brazilian rosewood board, and the frets show uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-4, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 7. 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 with notable greening of the gold "Fender" text, and the original Fender F tuners work smoothly and hold pitch well with clean white buttons. The neck heel retains a bold February, 1966 date stamp, along with the "paint stick" markings in the neck pocket indicative of an original finish.

The electronics all function as intended, and everything is original right down to the last screw. The solder joints are untouched, with CTS pots that date to the 12th week of '66 and the original gray bobbin pickup pair. The original hardware is all present including the early F-embossed 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 complete with the stock 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, showing various finish chips and isolated spots of greening in the clear coat on the body perimeter, with a similar darker spot of finish aging central to the waist on the back. There is light buckle rash on the back and some scattered tiny marks across the body as a whole consistent with decades of careful use. The nitro gloss on the neck profile is extremely smooth and clean, with a few minor marks clustered on the treble-side shoulder behind the 9th fret.