Up for sale, a 1973 Fender Competition Mustang in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with original hardshell case and hangtag. This stunningly well-kept vintage Fender is finished in Competition Burgundy, essentially Lake Placid Blue with a racing stripe, yet with a very subtle purple burst on the body edges.
This Mustang has a snappy, cutting acoustic voice that translates well through the stock gray bobbin single coil 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 phase switches for a unique hollow twang and quack when both pickups are engaged out of phase. Featherweight at only 6lbs 13oz, this Mustang has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 11-50 strings and low action.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with slight shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The guitar has the full 24" Mustang scale, 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and 1 5/8" nut width. The dark rosewood fretboard retains the original slender fretwire, showing just a touch of wear on the crowns on frets 1-3, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 6. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and responsive truss rod. On the headstock, the guitar features a vintage set of Fender's "F" tuning machines with white hexagonal buttons and new tuner bushings. The headstock was at one time fitted with a different tuner set, yet any additional mounting holes are covered by the vintage gears. The heel of the neck has an original bold, black 1973 date stamp, along with the requisite paint stick markings and factory stamps in the pocket.
The electronics all function as intended, with original pickups that have four digit '71 date stamps on the gray bobbins, and stock Stackpole pots which date to 1973 with untouched solder joints. The "F" neck plate serial number dates to '73 as well. The original bridge is present, and the large barrel saddles work well with the original vibrato unit. This vibrato has excellent spring tension and actuates with a light touch of the stock arm, jumping back to the original pitch with ease and featuring immaculate chrome plating.
The original gloss Competition Burgundy finish is accented by the stock white pearloid pickguard which has great dimension and shows very little shrinkage. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few isolated spots with light finish scratches below the belly contour on the back, and a few small nicks on the body parameter and behind the bridge.
The original hardshell case is included with a textured gray exterior, black faux alligator ends, functional latches and the stock handle. The original hangtag is also included.