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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.

1965 Fender Competition Mustang Image Heritage auctions

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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1968 Fender Mustang  - CBS Era - F Series  - Guitar Red / White. SERIAL #229314

1968 Fender Mustang - CBS Era - F Series - Guitar Red / White. SERIAL #229314

Ontario, Oregon, 979**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


VINTAGE 1968 Fender Mustang - CBS Era - F Series - Guitar Red / White. SERIAL #229314. This guitar sounds very nice and has no issues. There are some blemishes on the body; a few stains and dings. It is structurally sound. From what I can tell via the serial # and design this is a mustang, but no place on the guitar does it say so. I do not take responsibility for verifying what model it is beyond the info given, I am no guitar expert! If you have any other questions, please email
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1977 Fender Mustang Guitar - *6 8lbs

1977 Fender Mustang Guitar - *6 8lbs

Lawrence Township, New Jersey, 086**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


In 1964, Fender introduced the Mustang guitar to its line-up. Catered towards the student demographic, the Mustang sported a choice between a 22 5" or 24" scale length. The latter of the two being more sought after.
The Fender of the 70s saw a lot of changes and distinct new features. Different color schemes, different finish techniques, and a different / more-hip-to-the-time attitude in marketing due to the purchase of Fender in 1965 by CBS.
This example encapsulates and... more
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Vintage 1966 Fender Mustang Electric Guitar in Dakota Red with G & G Hard case

Vintage 1966 Fender Mustang Electric Guitar in Dakota Red with G & G Hard case

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


Vintage 1966 Fender Mustang Electric Guitar in Dakota Red with G & G Hard case

Vintage 1966 Fender Mustang Electric Guitar in Dakota Red with G & G Hard case
We got this great guitar a couple of weeks ago at an Estate Auction. When we got it back home and took it apart we found that it was a bit dirty , but it was all there, all original, and once we cleaned it and set it up, it played just great.
This is a wonderful old vintage guitar ... more
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Boulder, Colorado, 803**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


From our brokerage client, here's a simply lovely super clean Vintage 1964-1965 Transitional Fender Mustang Short Scale red guitar in Excellent Condition with her OHSC. Neck date is 10 / 8 / 1965, grey bottom pickups 11 / 3 / 1965, plastic knob Klusons, 1964 #L29833 stamped neckplate Flame Maple short scale neck. The finish on the instrument is very clean with some little pecks with the typical Fender white primer underneath and white buffing compound in all the control cavities and under... 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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Cape Coral, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is an all original 1965 / 66 Fender Mustang in Dakota Red, along with its original Fender gray hardshell case. Both are in very good condition and both are in totally original condition with no changes or additions.
The neck is in very good original condition with a close to perfect Fender Mustang decal, with no overspray, and has the original Fender "F" tuners that all adjust easily and hold tune, with no deterioration or shrinkage of the tuner buttons. The neck shows very little use, ... more
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1978 Fender Mustang Vintage Electric Guitar Antigua, Collector Grade w /  Case

1978 Fender Mustang Vintage Electric Guitar Antigua, Collector Grade w / Case

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


Up for sale, a 1978 Fender Mustang in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, featuring a custom color Antigua finish and complete with the original hardshell case. Sparingly played, there is virtually no aging of the Antigua gloss finish, retaining its original cream to gray / green burst gradient
Clear and authoritative-sounding acoustically with an ash body, this Mustang has a round, snappy sound that translates well through the pair of gray bobbin single ... more
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Fender Mustang Bass 1974 - Black

Fender Mustang Bass 1974 - Black

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


This is a vintage 1974 Fender Mustang Bass with a black finish. Originally introduced as a student model, the Mustang bass has become a fixture in the Fender bass family. Many players prefer the lighter weight and shorter 30" scale of the Mustang bass. Despite its short scale, it has a full, rich tone in a smaller package. This one has a big personality with natural wear, scuffs, dings, and checking in all the right spots. Its strap button was moved at some point, leaving behind its original ... more
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1966 Fender Mustang Vintage Guitar Olympic White 100% Original, Slab Board

1966 Fender Mustang Vintage Guitar Olympic White 100% Original, Slab Board

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


Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Mustang boasting an Olympic White gloss nitro lacquer finish and slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard, complete with the 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 model in the mid-1960s for a couple short production runs like the example seen here
This Mustang has ... more
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1971 Fender Competition Mustang Competitioin Blue

1971 Fender Competition Mustang Competitioin Blue

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


Up for sale is an absolutely stunning and very clean 1971 Fender Competition Mustang in Competition Blue. This 1971 Mustang plays and sounds fantastic and aside from some light finish checking, some small impressions left from a strap or chord, a few tiny dings and one prominent finish chip is in excellent shape. Comes complete with the original case, bridge cover, trem arm. Very cool, tight, and clean collector grade package
Weight: 7lbs 4oz
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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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1973 Fender Competition Mustang Burgundy Blue

1973 Fender Competition Mustang Burgundy Blue

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Circa 1973 Fender Mustang. Has the cool racing stripe. I believe this color was called ??competition burgundy?? even though it looks blue.

Finish is original as the rest of the guitar appears to be. However, it??s now heavily worn with an uneven hue. Someone likely tried to buff out the clearcoat and didn??t go all the way. Leave it as is or finish the job

Plays and sounds great. Comes with the case you see in the photos. Center latch is not working but the other two are... more
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1968 Fender Mustang Guitar

1968 Fender Mustang Guitar

Summerville, South Carolina, 294**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a classic 1968 Dakota Red Fender Mustang guitar. This beautiful instrument has a rich history and is perfect for any musician looking to add some vintage flair to their collection. The guitar is a member of the iconic Fender brand, specifically the Fender Mustang series
The guitar has been well-cared for and is in great shape. It produces a beautiful sound that is perfect for any genre of music. Whether you're a professional musician or just starting out, this Fender Mustang ... more
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Fender Mustang Electric Guitar with Rosewood Fretboard 1977 / 78 - Natural

Fender Mustang Electric Guitar with Rosewood Fretboard 1977 / 78 - Natural

Ukiah, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Please have a close look at all the pictures and expand them
For sale is a lovely Fender Mustang from either late 1977 or sometime in early 1978. This guitar is in great overall shape, with some scuffing and finish crazing / deteriorating, average wear for it's age. The unfortunate main issue with this guitar is that someone has sanded down the taller body horn, if you compare it to a normal Mustang you can see how it is different. It appears the pickguard may have been switched out, as the ... more
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1966 Fender Mustang Dakota Red

1966 Fender Mustang Dakota Red

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in is this beautiful 1966 Fender Mustang Finished in Dakota Red
Quick Details
Weight 7 8lbs
Nut Width 1 60
Depth at first fret 0 87
Depth at 12th fret 0 92
This is a great example of a players Fender Mustang
This 66 Mustang is all original except for one changed out pickup switch
The rest of the electronics and pickups are all original and work with no issues at all and sound great
The body is in good shape but does show wear on the back and a burn mark on the ... more
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Fender Mustang 77 (1977)

Fender Mustang '77 (1977)



Fender Mustang '77 (1977) . This was my brothers guitar. I am not a guitar expert. It looks in really nice condition has a few wear marks on the neck has what looks like small nicks and scratches on the back. It may have been refinished. I plugged it into an amp and it seems to play fine. Please look carefully at all the pictures and if you have any questions before you bid or make offer.... more
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Fender Mustang Black - 1975 Original

Fender Mustang Black - 1975 Original

Pinehurst, Texas, 773**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender Mustang Black 1975 by Serial. Been cased in my possession since 1985. Sounds great. All original. Any questions let me know. I can take additional pictures also. Comes with original hard case.
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Fender Japan 1960s Mustang in Candy Apple Red IMPORT with Gig Bag in VGC (K-ON)

Fender Japan 1960's Mustang in Candy Apple Red IMPORT with Gig Bag in VGC (K-ON)



Limited Run Fender Japan Model from 2018 (one of only 3 runs since the 90's)
Features the unique finish of Metallic Candy Apple Red made famous by K-ON calling it "Muttan" and by famous players like Kurt Cobain
IncludesFitted with High Quality Kluson Deluxe Tuners with Pearloid Button Heads (Wirral KGB)Fender Official Strap LocksStagg Red / Black Leather Strap Nice High QualityTrem ArmGig Bag IncludedCollection Please or Shipping with Insured UPS on request
Happy Bidding... more
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* very old nitro refin
* tons of weather checking
* a NICE ONE !
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Chitarra elettrica left handed Fender mustang kurt cobain signature

Chitarra elettrica left handed Fender mustang kurt cobain signature

Francavilla Fontana, 72***, ITALY


Vendo chitarra elettrica left handed una fender mustang 'kurt cobain signature' made in Japan, comprata nel 2013, edizione limitata ei fuori produzione. praticamente nuova e custodita gelosamente. Spedizione con custodia (che regalo) possibilità di consegna a mano nel raggio di 50km
Descrizione tecnica :Ispirata ad un arsenale di Mustang modificate, la Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang vi riporta dritti a quel periodo, grazie a caratteristiche quali un pickup single-coil Mustang angolato al manico... more
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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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1959 Hofner Committee

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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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional