(SOLD) Fender Japan '65 Mustang MG65 Dakota Red 2010
Fender '65 Mustang, Dakota red, crafted in Japan 2010-11. You see a lot of the standard MG69 Mustang around, but the '65 version like this are far less common and a bit more deluxe on the spec sheet. Here's the differences: the body is made of poplar instead of basswood, the pickups are a vintage correct grey-bottom style alnico single coil, 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 extra presence and definition in the top end and some additional weight and clarity through the lows. It's still got that punchy Mustang chime, but it's got a nice sparkle and a convincing thick and immediate low end to it. The Dakota red finish is super cool, it's a little darker and saucier than the Fiesta or Candy Apple red, and against the aged pearl guard and dark rosewood board, it radiates 60s cool. The neck has a 42mm nut, the same width as a standard Strat, Tele or Jag, which makes for a more familiar feel, which combined with the short scale and light body makes for a super easy player. I really enjoy playing this one, I'm confident you'll share the sentiment!
Model: Fender Mustang '65 Reissue (MG65)
Made: Japan 2010-11, Dyna plant (serial U014582)
Finish: Dakota red, 3-ply white pearl guard
Neck: maple with rosewood slab board, 24" scale, 7.25" radius, 42mm nut, slim C
Mods: switches re-wired
Controls: vol/tone, 3-way pickup selector, 3-way parallel/off/series switch, new F-key tuners installed
Pickups: Fender Japan MG65 Vintage grey-bottom style single coil x2
Case: basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some minor marks on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, no major marks. The back has a couple of small dimples in the middle of the body and some light scuffs along the back edge, no major marks. The sides have no major marks, just a couple of tiny dimples in the elbow area and near the jack. The front is also nice and clean, just a couple of dimples near the jack, some light scuffs around the tailpiece and some light play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: excellent condition (9/10).
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 but no major buzz issues and are freshly polished, 7/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.