Up for sale, a 1972 Fender Competition Mustang in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original warranty card and hardshell case. Finished in Competition Red (Candy Apple Red with racing stripe), this Mustang has been sparingly played over the past half century.
Smooth 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 6lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 strings, slinky action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 12th. The notably dark rosewood fretboard has pearloid dot inlay, and the original slender fretwire retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, and light wear into the rosewood in this area as well. 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 retains its date stamp from '72, with additional factory stamps on the neck heel and in the pocket. The pocket has the 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 39th week of 1972. Hardware includes the original bridge with barrel saddles, complete with bridge cover which shows some light wear on the forward edge. 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 bright white pearloid pickguard and pair of pointer knobs.
The Competition Red gloss finish is bold and clean with zero touch-up or overspray. There is some pinkish bleed from the case lining onto the Competition stripe (it's a true case queen), and cosmetic wear is limited to some scattered dings primarily concentrated on the lower bout on the back, and a few light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless and virtually un-ambered.
The original hardshell case with gray speckled exterior is just as clean as the guitar, with a trio of functional latches and the original handle. The original warranty card is included with matching serial number, and the name on the card "Kip Marsh" is also lightly scratched onto one of the case latches.