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1999 Fender Mustang '66 Vintage Reissue Offset Electric Guitar MG66-66 Daphne Blue, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Mustang '66 vintage reissue model MG66-66 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. 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 is featherweight at 6lbs 14oz, 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 11-49 strings and dialed in with spot-on intonation and slinky action.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with full shoulders in every register and more overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The thick rosewood fretboard boasts 22 slender frets with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only  faint wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, with wear extending beneath the plain strings until fret 6. The scale length measures 24" and the carved bone 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 "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 is bright and clean, and the plastic parts are well-kept, including the white pearloid pickguard which has great dimension in the material. 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 some small scattered dings on the body, mostly relegated to the back and body perimeter, with a bit of scuffing in the clear coat on the back lower bout body edge, and a few additional ancillary marks on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.