This is a vintage 1964 Fender Mustang electric guitar. The Mustang was introduced in 1964 as the successor to Fenderâs previous student models, the Musicmaster and the Duo-Sonic. It rose to popularity later in the 60âs through surf bands, was discontinued in 1982, then was reissued in 1990 as a second wave of demand rose due to use by many alternative rock and grunge bands. Modern guitar greats that frequently use the Mustang include John Frusciante, David Byrne, and in his time â Kurt Cobain.
Features of the Mustang include a solid Alder body, a bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and pearloid dot inlays, (2) single coil pickups, a Fender Dynamic Vibrato bridge, 2 switches allowing the pickups to be used individually or in parallel (the pickups can be either in or out of phase in parallel!), master volume and tone.
This particular example, serial number L477744, is a gorgeous blonde first-year Mustang in good vintage cosmetic condition, and excellent working and playing condition. There is some finish playing wear on the body, but nothing that would not be expected on a 46 year old guitar. The neck is dead straight, with low action and excellent feel all the way up the fingerboard, and no string buzzing. The frets are in good condition for their age, showing some wear, but still have years of playing left in them. The Dynamic Vibrato Bridge and accompanying tremolo arm both work perfectly, and exhibit no rust nor oxidation. All of the electronics, which are 100% original, work perfectly without scratching or popping, and the pickups with their various tonal combinations allowed by their 3-way on/off switches do indeed provide the wide array of tones promised in the instruction manual.
Also included is the aforementioned original instruction manual, and the original hardshell case which is in excellent condition. There are some slight nicks on the outside, most notably on the bottom side of the front face near the center, one liquid stain on the front side, as well as moderate rusting/oxidation of the latches, hinges and outside metal parts. These flaws are purely cosmetic, are not distracting, and we believe they simply add to the vintage appeal of this example. All of the latches are intact, and work as they should. The interior of the case is also in excellent condition, with no stains or odors.