Up for sale, a 1972 Fender Competition Mustang in excellent, 100% original condition and in good working order. Finished in Competition Red (Candy Apple Red with racing stripe), this Mustang has only been lightly played over the past nearly half century. Cutting and clear acoustically, this Mustang has an authoritative and snappy sound that translates well through the pair of gray bobbin single coils. The bridge pickup has plenty of jangle and sparkling cut, while the neck pickup has more warmth and sweetness, retaining a defined overall character. One of the most fun sounds on the Mustang is the out-of-phase setting, engaged when both on/off/on pickup selector switches are at their innermost or outermost points for a distinctive quack and spank. The guitar weighs 7lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th fret. The rosewood fretboard has pearloid dot inlay and practically perfect original slender fretwire which retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the 24" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original F tuners with white hexagonal buttons. The neck heel has a bold stamp from February of '72, with additional factory stamps on the neck heel and in the pocket. The pocket has a factory shim and correct "paint stick" marking indicative of an original finish.
The electronics all work as intended, with original gray bobbin pickups, untouched solder joints, and Stackpole pots which date to the 16th week of 1971. Hardware includes the original bridge with barrel saddles and the vibrato unit which has excellent spring tension and actuates with a light touch, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The chrome plating on the hardware is gleaming, and the original plastics are near mint, including the white pearloid pickguard and pair of pointer knobs.
The Competition Red gloss finish is bold and clean with zero touch-up or overspray, exhibiting light vertical checking across the body. There is some minor finish chipping just north of the neck plate, a spot of faint, targeted buckle rash just south of the neck plate, and some additional small finish scuffs and nicks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
A modern hardshell case is included.