Fender Japan '69 Mustang MG69-60 Vintage White 1987
Fender '69 Mustang, vintage white, made in Japan 1987. Mustangs disappeared from the Fender USA catalog in 1981; these early Japanese examples were the only Mustangs made in the 80s. As with all the 'E serial' guitars, this is made with a whole lot of love and care from some delicious bits of timber. The neck is a delight: slim and round in profile, aged to a delicious golden maple hue, arrow-straight and extremely saucy in the hands. The finish has copped some stickers, dings and chips etc... honest play wear on a guitar with a few decades of riffs on the clock. The pickup aren't original (shocking I know!); they're a pair of vintage pink Dimarzio humbuckers that crank out a thick, beefy tone that eats up overdrive with gleeful abandon. These early Japanese guitars were some of the best instruments Fender had made since the 60s, so nab yourself a beautiful little mongrel and riff yourself happy.
Model: Fender Mustang, '69 Reissue (MG69-60)
Made: Japan, Fujigen plant, 1987 (serial E794604)
Finish: vintage white (VWH), 3-ply tort guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 24" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: pickups replaced, body routed for humbuckers, strap pins replaced, tuners replaced
Pickups: Dimarzio humbuckers, presumably Super Distortions but model isn't stamped on plates
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. The headstock has some marks on end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has some dimples and scuffs around the body, plus a big sticker fade mark and a chip near the neck plate. The sides have a few things to note: light scuffs on the top horn and shoulder, a couple of notable chips and scuffs near the jack, some dents and dimples on the bottom horn. The front has a few dimples around the body and some light play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: good condition (7/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, intonation is good, neck is straight, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have some minor wear, there's no major buzz issues; 7/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.