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2010 Fender Mustang ’65 Vintage Reissue MG65 Dakota Red w/ Gray Bobbins & USA Harness, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 2010 Fender Mustang ‘65 vintage reissue model MG65 in excellent 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 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 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 cutting out-of-phase sound when in their innermost or outermost positions. Weighing 7lbs 11oz, this Mustang has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a particularly thick cut with a 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is practically perfect, with just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. On the headstock, the Schaller-made Fender "F" tuners have hexagonal white buttons, turn smoothly, and hold pitch as they should. The “Made in Japan” text and T-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics function as intended; the gray fiber bobbin pickups feature cloth-covered leads, and the harness features modern 250K CTS pots and a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. The chrome-plated hardware shines like new, and the vibrato actuates smoothly and bounces quickly back to pitch. Plastics comprise the dimensional white pearloid pickguard, original pointer knobs, and pickup covers (the neck pickup cover has a centrally-located ding).

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Dakota Red finish is limited to a small, cleanly doweled extra strap button mounting hole on the lower bout body edge, an area of buckle rash central to the waist on the back, and a number of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole, with a couple more prominent scratches on the bass side of the top. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

A gigbag is included.