Up for sale, a 1974 Fender Mustang in excellent condition and in perfect working order. An unusual '70s example with black on black cosmetics, this sleek short scale Fender is 100% original aside from a new decal and headstock finish. Featuring a gloss finished maple neck and alder body, there's plenty of snap, snarl, and cut available from this Mustang. Whether you want chiming traditional single coil bite or the model's classic out-of-phase sound, this Mustang is an articulate and clear sounding Fender that's simply a ton of fun to play. The guitar is extremely lightweight at 7lbs 1oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and comfortable action.
The maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with ample shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has pearl dot inlays, and original slender frets retain their full factory height, showing just a touch of uniform wear on the first couple frets, extending beneath the plain strings until fret 5, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The guitar has the full 24" Mustang scale, 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and the nut measures 1 9/16” in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone. On the headstock, the original chrome Fender "F" tuners with white plastic buttons are intact and turn very smoothly. The headstock face features a smooth gloss nitro lacquer finish and brand new Mustang decal. The original date stamp is intact on the neck heel from 1973, with the correct "paint stick" markings and factory stamps in the pocket and on the heel.
The guitar retains its original pair of gray bobbin single coil pickups, and the original CTS pots date to the 29th week of 1974 with untouched solder joints. All routes are untouched and the original brass shielding plates are intact. The original chrome bridge base, vibrato unit, and control plate are all notably clean with plenty of shine and no pitting or notable wear. The vibrato actuates easily for expressive warbles and dives, and the vibrato arm is a Strat-style arm slightly shaved down where it inserts into the vibrato to sit at the proper height.
Cosmetically, the guitar shows some requisite pick scuffing across the guard, and there are a few touched up spots on the treble side lower bout edge in the gloss Black finish. There are various nicks, dings, and scuffs across the body, consistent with an instrument that has been played for decades, yet well-kept. The neck profile is very clean, with a few inconsequential marks in the finish that are not distracting to the palm.
A hardshell case is included.