Up for sale, a 1968 Fender Mustang in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. 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 an out-of-phase hollow twang and quack when the switches are engaged in their innermost or outermost positions. The guitar is featherweight at 7lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 11-50 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835" 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 dark rosewood fretboard has pearloid dot inlay and original slender frets that show only very light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. 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 November, 1968 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, and the original gray bobbin pickup pair is hand-dated 8-15-68. The original hardware is all present including the early F-embossed four-bolt neck plate, bridge with barrel saddles, and 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 red tortoise pickguard which is well-preserved with virtually no shrinkage.
The Olympic White gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, notably white with sparingly little aging of the clear coat. There are some finish chips through the gloss on the body perimeter, scuffing on the back lower bout edge along with a bit of darker discoloration, and some small scattered marks on top. The gloss finish on the neck profile is extremely smooth, free of palm wear with just a few small shallow marks on the bass-side shoulder.
A modern black tolex hardshell case branded with a small Reverend "R" on the exterior is included.