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2008 Fender Competition Mustang '73 Vintage Reissue MG73-85/CO Olympic White, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2008 Fender Competition Mustang '73 vintage reissue model MG73-85/CO in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with an Olympic White custom color finish and matching headstock. Made exclusively for the Japanese market and not intended for export, this Mustang is uncommon outside its country of origin. Often considered to rival Fender's US production, this Mustang is a testament to the workmanship and eye for detail evident in the Made in Japan Fender models.

There's plenty to love about this Mustang, from the resonant body to the pair of stock single coil pickups that deliver plenty of snap and twang. The guitar weighs 7lbs 7oz, and the instrument's acoustic voice is crisp and clear with a strong natural midrange response. 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 singled out. This Mustang has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4” radius and slender frets which retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. 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, and the original bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuners with white buttons turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Crafted in Japan” text and T-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt F neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended, with Master Volume and Tone controls and a pair of three-way On/Off/On switches governing the pickup pair. The vibrato has an easy, effortless response, complete with the original black-tipped arm, and the chrome hardware is bright and clean. The white pearloid pickguard exhibits some requisite scuffing along the treble side of the strum path, and the original pair of knobs round out the plastics.

The gloss Olympic White finish is accented by a deep blue Competition stripe, and cosmetic wear includes a number of minor dings on the body as a whole, faint buckle rash on the back, and one finish chip on the treble-side lower bout perimeter. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is pristine.

The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.