Up for sale, a 1997 Fender Mustang '66 vintage reissue model MG66-66 in near mint, 100% original condition, complete with hangtag and receipt. Made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and not intended for export, this Mustang model is rarely seen outside its country of origin. Often considered to rival Fender's US production in terms of overall quality, this Mustang is a testament to the workmanship and eye for detail evident in the Crafted in Japan Fender models.
There's plenty to love about this Mustang, from the lightweight and resonant body to the pair of stock single coil pickups that deliver plenty of snap and twang. The guitar weighs 7lbs 5oz, and the crisp, clear voice of the instrument when strummed acoustically translates well through the pickups. Of course 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. The quack and spank of that particular setting is unique to the Mustang, and there's plenty of tonal range between the two pickups, with meatier sounds when the neck pickup is soloed. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Mustang is strung with 10-46 strings and dialed in with spot-on intonation and slinky action.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining more heft and roundness as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The thick rosewood fretboard boasts 22 slender frets with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The scale length measures 24" and the nut is 1 9/16" in width. The headstock features Kluson-style tuners with white buttons, and these tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The script "Crafted in Japan" text and O-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with Master Volume and Tone controls governing the two pickups. The chrome hardware is positively gleaming, and the plastic parts are clean as can be including a white pearloid pickguard. While technically Daphne Blue, in keeping with Fender's vintage color chart, Fender Japan categorizes this finish as California Blue, and it's a rich saturated gloss with wear limited to light pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard, a couple tiny shallow dings on the body as a whole, and a few faint finish scratches just south of the neck plate. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
A brand new Gator gigbag is included, along with the original hangtag with matching serial, and original receipt from Tokyo guitar shop Ishibashi.