Fender Mustang (1965) SOLD!

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When we were in college, two of us Aardvarkers caught the Blasters in their prime as they played in our Student Union building. Dave Alvin’s blistering workout a red Fender Mustang spoke to us so much that we traveled to a different city to catch the band again the following night. Could what many consider to be a student-grade Fender really sound that good? This Daphne Blue cutie bears an early F-series neck plate and a slab-board neck dated December 1965. The story goes that during late 1965 and early 1966, Fender decided to use up some leftover slab-board Jaguar necks by putting them on Mustangs, which were much better selling guitars at the time. While some finish is missing on the back of the neck (it may have been sanded off), amazingly, there is almost no fret wear. The guitar’s finish has checking typical of 45-year-old Fenders, and the clear coat has aged to a light amber—giving the instrument the rich hue you’d see in a robin’s egg. There are a number of dings in the paint around the edge of the body, but in all other regards, the guitar is in very good condition. We’ve become particularly fond of the Fender Dynamic Vibrato, which is good for everything from countrified Bigsby-like wavers to deeper Strat-style surf bends. The guitar stays remarkably in tune through everything but the roughest whammy abuse. So here you have it—a great-sounding, slab-board Mustang in all-original condition. Includes the rarely seen original bridge cover, which we forgot to put back on the guitar when taking photos. Comes with the cleanest original hardshell Mustang case we’ve ever seen. SOLD!

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When we were in college, two of us Aardvarkers caught the Blasters in their prime as they played in our Student Union building. Dave Alvin’s blistering workout a red Fender Mustang spoke to us so much that we traveled to a different city to catch the band again the following night. Could what many consider to be a student-grade Fender really sound that good? This Daphne Blue cutie bears an early F-series neck plate and a slab-board neck dated December 1965. The story goes that during late 1965 and early 1966, Fender decided to use up some leftover slab-board Jaguar necks by putting them on Mustangs, which were much better selling guitars at the time. While some finish is missing on the back of the neck (it may have been sanded off), amazingly, there is almost no fret wear. The guitar’s finish has checking typical of 45-year-old Fenders, and the clear coat has aged to a light amber—giving the instrument the rich hue you’d see in a robin’s egg. There are a number of dings in the paint around the edge of the body, but in all other regards, the guitar is in very good condition. We’ve become particularly fond of the Fender Dynamic Vibrato, which is good for everything from countrified Bigsby-like wavers to deeper Strat-style surf bends. The guitar stays remarkably in tune through everything but the roughest whammy abuse. So here you have it—a great-sounding, slab-board Mustang in all-original condition. Includes the rarely seen original bridge cover, which we forgot to put back on the guitar when taking photos. Comes with the cleanest original hardshell Mustang case we’ve ever seen. SOLD!