Up for sale, a 2011 Fender Mustang custom ordered non-catalog model MG69-BIGS in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Exceedingly rare, this Mustang features a factory-installed USA-made Bigsby B5 vibrato paired with a Gotoh Adjusto-matic bridge. 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 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 ample snap and twang. The guitar is featherweight at 7lbs, and the crisp, clear voice of the instrument when strummed acoustically translates well through the pickup pair. 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. 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 slender C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. The thick veneer rosewood fretboard boasts 22 practically perfect slender frets with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, exhibiting just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. 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 original bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The headstock features Kluson-style tuners with white buttons, and these tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The "Made in Japan" text and U-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt F neck plate, and matching MG69-BIGS stamps are present on the neck heel and in the pocket.
All of the electronics function as intended, with Master Volume and Tone controls governing the two pickups. The original Bigsby B5 vibrato has an easy, effortless response, working in concert with the Gotoh-made Adjusto-matic bridge. The Bigsby arm has good height, with great spring tension and a smooth response for surprisingly deep dives and expressive bends. Cosmetic wear is limited to light pick scuffing across the guard, and a few additional light finish scratches and minor nicks on the gloss Black body finish. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.