Fender Japan '65 Mustang MG65 California Blue 2000
Fender '65 Mustang, California blue, crafted in Japan 1999-02. You see a lot of the standard MG69 Mustang around, but the '65 version like this are far less common. There's a few differences: the body is made of poplar instead of basswood, there's no belly carve, the neck has a wider Jaguar-style profile and the board is a slab-style big piece of rosewood. That all adds up to some extra brightness and zing to the unplugged sound, adding a little extra presence and definition in the tone. It's still got that punchy Mustang chime, but it's got a nice clarity to it. The faded blue finish looks superb; it's got sweet depth and life to it that'll continue to age gracefully. The combo of an aged pearl guard and streaky rosewood board make the blue pop perfectly. The short scale, slim neck, light body and cheeky trem make for an addictive player; it's a surefire new fav. There's a lot to love here; these never last long, so nab and embellish your life with some coastal charm.
Model: Fender Mustang '65 Reissue (MG65-86)
Made: Japan 1999-02, Dyna plant (serial P003151)
Finish: California blue, 3-ply white pearl guard
Neck: maple with rosewood slab board, 24" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: jack replaced
Pickups: Fender Japan MG single x2
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a number of minor dimples and scuffs around the body, mostly around the edges, as well as the start of some checking lines; no major marks. The sides are pretty clean, just some minor dimples on both horns and scuffs near the jack and in the elbow area. The front is pretty clean, just some minor dimples around the outside edge and some play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, intonation is good, neck is straight, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have some normal wear, they're fairly even in height with no major buzz issues but there is some minor pitting; 6/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.