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2004 Fender Mustang '73 Vintage Reissue MG73-85CO Competition Blue Japan CIJ w/ Tags, Kurt Cobain


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Up for sale, a 2004 Fender Competition Mustang '73 vintage reissue guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order with a Competition Blue custom color finish and matching headstock. Made exclusively for the Japanese market and officially model MG73-85CO, this Mustang 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.

Replicating the look of Kurt Cobain's Mustang seen in the Smells Like Teen Spirit video, this guitar has a finish which Fender Japan abbreviates as "OLB," or Old Lake Placid Blue. A decidedly icy and more vintage-correct shade of this Fender custom color accented by a Sonic Blue competition stripe, the guitar is topped off with a matching peghead. 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 9oz, 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 10-46 strings and features low action and spot-on intonation.

The neck has a slender C profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and round shoulders in every register, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 12th. The thick rosewood fretboard boasts 22 slender frets with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in every register. 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. Matching the body with a deep shade of glossy blue, 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 Q-prefix serial number are present just above the four-bolt F neck plate.

All of the electronics work function as intended, with Master Volume and Tone controls governing the two pickups. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine with light surface pitting, and the plastic parts are nice and clean including the black pickup covers and white pearloid pickguard. Cosmetic wear on the gloss finish is limited to a few scuffs on the lower bout body edge, one shallow ding behind the bridge, and a few minor finish scratches and nicks on the back. The neck profile has a smooth ambered gloss finish.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.