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1978 Fender Mustang Vintage Electric Guitar Antigua, Collector Grade w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1978 Fender Mustang in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, featuring a custom color Antigua finish and complete with the original hardshell case. Sparingly played, there is virtually no aging of the Antigua gloss finish, retaining its original cream to gray/green burst gradient.

Clear and authoritative-sounding acoustically with an ash body, this Mustang has a round, 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 8lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, slinky action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a substantial U-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .895" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has pearloid dot inlay, and the original slender fretwire is practically perfect, retaining 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 electronics all work as intended, with original gray bobbin pickups, untouched solder joints, and CTS pots which date to '78. The original serial number sticker is also intact on the underside of the pickguard, matching the number on the headstock face. Hardware includes the original bridge with barrel saddles, complete with bridge cover, all of which have gleaming chrome plating. The vibrato unit which has excellent spring tension and actuates with a light touch, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The original plastics are near mint, and there is notably no wear through the Antigua finish on the pickguard.

The Antigua gloss finish is stunningly clean, with cosmetic wear limited to a few light finish scratches and tiny dings, largely relegated to the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh-flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case is just as clean as the guitar, with a trio of functional latches and the original handle.