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Fender Mustang

Dual pickup solid body electric

The Fender Mustang first went on sale in 1964, and has been a feature of the Fender line for most of the last half century. Maybe not as well known as the Stratocaster or Telecaster, but still the instrument that millions of 60s and 70s student guitarists learned to play on.

Part of a series of student solid bodies, Fender initially described it as meeting 'the demand for a low-priced guitar with tremolo', and like the single pickup Muscimaster and non-tremolo DuoSonic, it was available with a regular (24") or 3/4 (22") scale neck - 'for adults or young musicians with small hands'. 24" is still on the shorter side of 'regular', but this makes for a very easy playing guitar that has won it many fans amongst more accomplished guitarists too.

1965 Fender Mustang Image Heritage auctions

The following description is taken from the 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalogue

Fender's popular Mustang meets today's growing demand for a fine low-priced guitar with tremolo. The Mustang may be classed as either a ¾ or regular size guitar since it is available with either 22 ½ or 24 inch neck. Two adjustable high-fidelity pickups are standard on each guitar with three-position switch forward on each. The middle position turns the pickups off and tone changes are made on either side of the off position. Eight different tone selections are available, plus the normal tone and volume controls.

Both the 22 ½ and 24 inch necks are reinforced with an adjustable truss-rod which maintains perfect neck alignment. The bridge channel features Fender's new individual barrel-type bridges for each string. Each bridge varies in size to conform to the fingerboard curve and is adjustable for length. String height may be adjusted by lowering or raising the bridge channel at either end. The new patented Fender easy-action Dynamic Tremolo working in conjunction with the Floating Bridge has extremely smooth action, returning to tuned pitch without variance.

All chrome parts are case hardened and heavily plated to retain their beauty after long use. Available in re, white or blue finishes. Left-hand models available by special order.

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Vintage Fender Mustang advertising

Electric guitar advertisements originally published from 1968 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Fender advertisements

Fender Mustang - Pick A Winner

Fender Mustang - Pick A Winner (1968)
...From Fender's famous Telecaster Trio. (left) Fender 6 String Solid Body TELECASTERS are now available with the popular Bigsby Tremolo Unit. Adjustable pickup and adjustable dual bridge highlight...

Fender Mustang - The Worlds Favourite Space Machine

Fender Mustang - The Worlds Favourite Space Machine (1973)
Space, like music, is an endless frontier. To conquer either requires creative talent, dedication and the finest equipment. Our Research and Development team is dedicated to creating the finest gui...

Fender Mustang - You get there faster on a Fender (Fender Mustang)

Fender Mustang - You get there faster on a Fender (Fender Mustang) (1974)
Colourful 70s illustrated advert for the Fender Mustang guitar and Pro Reverb amplifier

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Fender 1966 Natural Mustang Body

Fender 1966 Natural Mustang Body

Glassboro, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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How many of you guitar enthusiast out there have always wanted to build yourselves that awesome project guitar, but didn??t want to spend the money on a full guitar only to dismantle it. Well, here is your opportunity do so. We sell high end name brand parts and project guitars specifically for the purpose of building your own custom one off guitar
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Fender 1966 Veneer Rosewood Mustang Neck

Fender 1966 Veneer Rosewood Mustang Neck

Glassboro, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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How many of you guitar enthusiast out there have always wanted to build yourselves that awesome project guitar, but didn??t want to spend the money on a full guitar only to dismantle it. Well, here is your opportunity do so. We sell high end name brand parts and project guitars specifically for the purpose of building your own custom one off guitar
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1978 Fender Mustang Antigua Finish Vintage Electric Guitar w / OHSC

1978 Fender Mustang Antigua Finish Vintage Electric Guitar w / OHSC

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1978 Fender Mustang In Antigua Finish
This Guitar Is Located At IVG Burbank
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See All Photos)
Original Antigua Finish Shows Some Finish Checking, Small Nicks, And Scratches From Playwear
Original Frets In Very Good Condition
Original Pickups And Electronics
Comes With The Original Tremolo Arm
Weighs In At 7 Pounds 14 Ounces
Nut Width: 1 59 "
Neck Depth: .9" At The 1st Fret - .93" At The 12th Fret
Comes With The ... more
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Fender Mustang 1965 - Natural

Fender Mustang 1965 - Natural

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a vintage 1966 Fender Mustang. The Mustang was originally introduced as a student model guitar and has a 24" scale length - somewhere between a 3 / 4 size and standard full-size, making it comfortable and easy to play
Its offset body is loaded with two classic single coil pickups, and on / off switches for each. It has been refinished to natural, which looks great with its lightly pearloid'd pickguard. Its saddles are not original, but the rest of its hardware and electronics ... more
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Vintage 1972 stackpole 250K  pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz

Vintage 1972 stackpole 250K pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1972 250K stackpole pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz... more
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Vintage 1968 Fender Mustang Red w /  Original Hard Case

Vintage 1968 Fender Mustang Red w / Original Hard Case



Vintage original 1968 Fender Mustang in original Red finish
A real nice example that is pretty clean for the age. Original red finish is unfaded and nice and vibrant
Has that vintage 1960s look
Neck date is 16 MAR 68 B. Neck is nice and straight and plays well all the way up and down, no buzz or issue. Tremolo works great and guitar stays in tune.
Original pickup controls are on and off and out of phase making for a real wide variety of tones
A classic vintage Mustang... more
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1971 Fender Competition Mustang Orange

1971 Fender Competition Mustang Orange

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a sweet 1971 Fender Competition Mustang in Competition Orange. This example features a MAY71B neck stamp, a pair of original grey bottom Mustang pickups with original pots and switches, original bridge / tremolo unit and hardware, original tuning keys and neck plate as well as original body routes. The pickup leads have been cut and then re-soldered at some point and there is evidence of touched up solder joints on the pots and wiring. The body finish has a slightly darker shade... more
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Fender Mustang - 1965 - Dakota Red w / OHSC

Fender Mustang - 1965 - Dakota Red w / OHSC

Bellingham, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender Mustang - 1965 - Dakota Red w / OHSC Fender Mustang - 1965 - Dakota Red w / OHSC
This is a 1965 Fender Mustang in Dakota red finish   The finish has lots of nicks / dings / scratches / wear and finish checking for a nice vintage relic look / feel   The neck finish has worn off the back of the neck and it feels ... more
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Vintage 1976 Fender Mustang Sunburst

Vintage 1976 Fender Mustang Sunburst



Vintage original Fender Mustang in original Sunburst finish
A killer example that sports a real nice Rosewood neck that plays great all the way up and down without buzz or issues. Trem works great and has that classic Mustang feel
Original pickups have that classic vintage Fender Mustang tone. Nice and bright and warm. Switches make for lots of different tones between the two pickups and changes in phase
Has some hones signs of age and wear. Nothing crazy, pretty clean ... more
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Fender Mustang 1965

Fender Mustang 1965

Gunnison, Colorado, 812**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Fender Mustang from 1965 is a true vintage piece that any guitar collector or enthusiast would love to add to their collection. Made by one of the most renowned brands in the industry, this solid body electric guitar is a rare find for those who appreciate the high-quality craftsmanship that Fender is known for. With its unique design and sound, the Mustang model is a must-have for any serious musician looking to expand their sonic palette.... more
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1975 Fender MUSTANG Sunburst

1975 Fender MUSTANG Sunburst

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1975 Fender Mustang in Sunburst. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original with the exception of the tremolo arm. The original hardshell case is included, but only one latch is working. There are nicks + dings, finish cracks, a small chipped off corner of the pickguard and other cosmetic wear including some chipped finish on the neck. The guitar itself remains structurally sound with no ... more
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1965 Fender Mustang Vintage Guitar Dakota Red, Slab Board, 100% Original w /  Case

1965 Fender Mustang Vintage Guitar Dakota Red, Slab Board, 100% Original w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Mustang in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, boasting a slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard and original hardshell case. While a slab Brazilian rosewood board was something typically reserved for Pre-CBS Fender instruments (in contrast with the thinner veneer boards which were the norm at the time), it was also implemented only on the Mustang and Jaguar models in the mid-1960s for a couple short production runs like the example seen here ... more
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1978 Fender Mustang Vintage Electric Guitar Olympic White 100% Original w /  Case

1978 Fender Mustang Vintage Electric Guitar Olympic White 100% Original w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1978 Fender Mustang in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Featuring the fairly uncommon cosmetic combination of a deeply yellowed Olympic White gloss finish paired with black plastics, this stunning vintage example is complete with the original hardshell case. With an ash body, maple neck, and dark rosewood fretboard, there's plenty of snap, snarl, and cut available from this Mustang. The ash body ensures a certain midrange authority and note attack, ... more
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1966 Fender Mustang Solid Body Guitar Dakota Red!  L@@k! ????

1966 Fender Mustang Solid Body Guitar Dakota Red! L@@k! ????

Pompano Beach, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Product Specs
ConditionGood (Used)Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear BrandFenderModelMustang Guitar with Rosewood FretboardFinishRedCategoriesSolid BodyYear1966Made InUnited StatesSeriesFender Vintage CBS EraFretboard MaterialRosewoodPickup ConfigurationSSBody ShapeDouble CutawayRight / Left-HandedRight-HandedNumber of Strings6-StringNeck MaterialMapleColor FamilyRedModel FamilyFender MustangFinish StyleGlossBody TypeSolid BodyBody MaterialAlderOffset ... more
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Vintage 1968 CTS 250K  pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz

Vintage 1968 CTS 250K pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1968 250K CTS pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz... more
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Fender Mustang 1966 Dakota Red W / OHSC (Used)

Fender Mustang 1966 Dakota Red W / OHSC (Used)

Sedalia, Missouri, 653**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Step into the legacy of rock 'n' roll with our meticulously maintained 1966 Fender Mustang. A true embodiment of its era, this vintage masterpiece features the iconic offset body design, enchanting Dakota Red finish, and the unmistakable rich and resonant tones that have shaped music for decades. Its comfortable short-scale neck and dynamic single-coil pickups invite you to channel your musical creativity, offering a connection to the past and endless inspiration for your musical journey ahead. ... more
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1978 / 79 Vintage Fender Mustang Electric guitar in Antigua Finish with HS Case

1978 / 79 Vintage Fender Mustang Electric guitar in Antigua Finish with HS Case

Harrisonville, Missouri, 647**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1978 / 79 Vintage Fender Mustang Electric guitar in Antigua Finish with HS Case

1978 Vintage Fender Mustang Electric guitar in Antigua Finish with HS Case We got this great guitar as a trade in over the weekend and even though it was manufactured way back in 1978 it is still in great original condition with the case. The photos in this ad are actual pictures of the guitar we are selling. This guitar weighs 7 pounds, 13 5 ounces. It carries the ... more
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Fender Mustang 1978 Natural Finish w /  case

Fender Mustang 1978 Natural Finish w / case

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 532**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Selling an original 1978 Fender Mustang with the original case. Only things that were swapped out were the bridge pickup for a Duncan one and the bridge itself however it does include the original pickup and bridge as seen in photos. Also includes a red pearl pick guard if you wanna swap out the original one for it! There are some dings on the body as well on the headstock and some wear on the side of the neck / frets which I did my best to properly show them in the pictures as well. Besides ... more
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Berlin, New Hampshire, 035**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a great original 1960 Fender CTS pot in superb condition. I've had it for over 35 years and guarantee it came out of a 1960 Fender Precision Bass. Only the 6 and half the 0 of the date code are visible with the rest being covered by original solder and flux. My original dilemma was should I leave it alone or remove some of the solder to make the entire date legible. But keeping it original and untouched was the right choice! The pot even has decent lengths of both ... more
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Vintage Fender Mustang Red 1966

Vintage Fender Mustang Red 1966

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender Mustang Red 1966
A dynamite player, this ultra cool Mustang is finished in Red & sports a silky smooth neck with rosewood fretboard. These have always been a big favorite here at Cream City Music & thanks to a pro set up from our in-house tech, it's ready to play straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, weather checking & some finish ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1972 Fender Precision bass

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.