Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Mustang '66 vintage reissue model, 100% original with a Daphne Blue custom color finish. Made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market and not intended for export, this Mustang model (officially model MG66-66) 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.
The stock single coil pickups have a clear, cutting tone, and the on/off/on pickup selector toggles can also engage the distinctive Mustang out-of-phase sound. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 14oz, and the crisp, jangling voice of the instrument when strummed acoustically translates well through the pickups. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Mustang is strung with 11-48 strings and features low action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C carve at the nut, yet with generous shoulder in every register and notably more roundness as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The thick, dark rosewood fretboard has lightly rolled fretboard edges for added comfort, boasting 22 slender frets with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. At 24", the scale length is ideal for smaller hands and players looking to execute chord extensions that might be a bit more of a stretch at Fender's full scale. The nut measures 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 P-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 and plastic parts are very clean, save for a hint of patina on the tuners and bridge saddles. A white pearloid pickguard accents the Daphne Blue finish, and there's one large indentation on the slab body of note, located on the bass-side lower bout edge, with a few additional smaller dings on top behind the bridge. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to some scattered minor marks and faint scuffs across the back and a few additional dings on the sides of the body horns. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.