Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Mustang, honestly played and very soulful with a 100% original Olympic White nitro lacquer finish and original gray bobbin pickup pair. 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. The guitar weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 11-48 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a round medium C shape with ample shoulder in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, feeling both substantial and fast, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The guitar has the full 24" Mustang scale, 1 5/8" nut width, and 7 1/4" fretboard radius. The rosewood fretboard has been refretted with flawless 6230-size vintage-spec slender fretwire, and the guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. On the headstock, the Mustang decal is intact on the face, and the original Fender F tuners work smoothly and hold pitch well with clean white buttons. The neck heel retains an April, 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 the original gray bobbin pickup pair is hand-dated. The on/off/on pickup selector switches are more modern replacements, and the original CTS pots are intact, dating to the 18th week of 1966. 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, fitted with a Strat-style arm with a trimmed down base to neatly fit into the vibrato. The original plastic parts include the stock knob pair, red tortoise pickguard, and aged white pickup covers.
The Olympic White gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, showing uniform yellowing of the clear coat and heavy lacquer checking. There is prominent wear through the clear coat of the finish at the body waist on the back, with various spots of wear through the finish on the lower bout body edge, and an assortment of nicks and scuffs consistent with honest use. The smooth nitro lacquer on the neck profile has been brought down to a silky satin feel by natural palm wear, most prominently behind frets 2-7.
The original gray speckled hardshell case is included with black leather ends, original latches (2 of 3 still function), and the stock handle. The case does show prominent wear through the gray covering on the exterior.