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2011 Fender Competition Mustang '73 Vintage Reissue Guitar MG73-CO Capri Orange, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2011 Fender Competition Mustang ‘73 vintage reissue in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order finished in stunning custom color Competition Orange. Made exclusively for the Japanese market and not intended for export, this Mustang (officially model MG73-CO) is rarely seen 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.

Tonewoods include a basswood body and maple neck capped by a thick rosewood veneer fingerboard, and the instrument is featherweight at 6lbs 6oz. Acoustically, this guitar is quite resonant, with a crisp, clear chime and strong natural midrange response. These qualities are faithfully translated via the alnico magnet single coil pair, offering plenty of tonal range between the two pickups, with meatier sounds when the neck pickup is singled out and sparkling cut with the bridge pickup favored. 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 for a distinctive quack and spank. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Mustang is strung with 10-46 strings and dialed in for optimal intonation and slinky action.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has lightly rolled edges for added comfort, with a vintage spec 7 1/4” radius and flawless vintage-spec slender frets which retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. 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 “Made in Japan” text and U-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, and the chrome hardware is clean as can be save for a touch of patina on the barrel bridge saddles. The gloss Competition Orange finish is accented by a racing stripe across the bass-side lower bout. Cosmetic wear is limited to a scant few light scratches and nicks in the clear coat on the body, with a sliver of finish wear on the treble-side lower bout edge on top.

A gigbag is included.