Up for sale, a 2005 Fender Mustang '65 vintage reissue model MG65 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Easily one of the best reissue Mustangs ever offered by Fender, this guitar is notably rare and virtually unseen outside of Japan. A higher tier of production than most Mustangs from Japan, the MG65 model features full-size USA-made CTS pots, vintage spec gray bobbin pickups with cloth-covered leads, and Schaller-made Fender F tuners. The tonewood complement is also faithful to 1960s Fender spec, with a slab poplar body, one-piece maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard.
The pair of gray bobbin pickups can twang and chime with the best, delivering a detailed sound that has sparkle and kick. The three-way on/off/on pickup switches can also produce the Mustang's signature squawky and cutting out-of-phase sound when in their innermost or outermost positions. Weighing 8lbs 1oz, we've had this Mustang professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in for optimal action and intonation with 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a profile carve that's surgically accurate to Fender's vintage 1965 profile shape for this model. The neck shape is a rather substantial C carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a particularly thick cut, and the original slender frets are practically perfect. The guitar conforms to traditional Fender specifications with a 7 1/4" fretboard radius, 1 5/8" nut width, and 24" scale length. On the headstock, the Schaller-made Fender "F" tuners have hexagonal white buttons, turn smoothly, and hold pitch as they should. The neck heel retains its MG65 model stamp. The "Crafted in Japan" text and R-prefix serial number is present just above the four-bolt "F" neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, and the gray fiber bobbin pickups feature cloth-covered leads, wired to full-size USA-made CTS pots which date to the 39th week of 2005. The chrome hardware is flawless, and the plastic parts are equally clean. The slab body is finished in gloss Olympic White, contrasted with a glossy reddish brown pickguard, and cosmetic wear is limited to light pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard and just a few minor nicks and light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The lightly ambered gloss on the neck profile is silky smooth.
A Fender-branded gigbag is included.