Up for sale, a 1974 Fender Competition Mustang, freshly refretted and loaded with a pair of Lollar "Black Panel" boutique single coil pickups and complete with the original hardshell case. An honestly played and tonally powerful little screamer, this Mustang delivers plenty of Fender sparkle and snap, with clear, cutting tones from the bridge pickup and girthier, warmer sounds with the neck pickup singled out. The two on/off/on pickup switches allow for a great out-of-phase quack too when both switches are in their innermost or outermost positions. The guitar is quite light at 7lbs 2oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .880" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has been refretted with jumbo fretwire which has ample height and crown, showing zero wear and playing cleanly in every register. There is also light wear into the rosewood on the treble side of the board from frets 1-3 which doesn't affect playability in the slightest. The scale length is a full 24" and the nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The guitar retains the original Fender "F" tuners, and the deeply ambered headstock face features the stock "Mustang" decal. The neck heel retains its original factory stamp dating to 1974, and the "paint stick" marking is present in the neck pocket, indicative of an original finish.
The body features a pair of matching Lollar Black Panel single coils with flat pole pieces. The overall tonal profile of these pickups offers prominent midrange, clear treble, and full bass with a well-defined, piano-like attack. Lollar uses scatterwound wax-potted coils with Alnico V magnets degaussed to vintage '60s Fender specs. The pots are original to the guitar, made by CTS and dating to the 10th week of '73. Hardware includes the original chrome control plate, bridge, and vibrato, as well as the original white pearloid pickguard and knobs. All body routes are untouched and original shielding plates are intact. The chrome has plenty of shine, with the most notable surface patina through the plating on part of the vibrato fulcrum. The vibrato unit has a very fluid and smooth response, and the vibrato arm is a replacement with a threaded insert.
The original gloss Competition Red finish exhibits heavy wear down to the bare wood where the forearm crosses the top, with buckle rash on the back, and an assortment of minor dings and scuffs on the body as a whole. The competition stripe is deeply ambered, and the gloss shows prominent horizontal checking. The neck profile retains its original gloss, also with some minor marks on the profile length, yet nothing distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original hardshell case is included. The case retains its gray thatched exterior and black leather ends, with the band name "Blue Wind" stenciled on the lid. The original outer latches and handle are intact.