Vintage 1965 Rare Daphne Blue Fender Mustang
Up for sale is a single owner vintage 1965 full scale Fender Mustang with incredible sound, original hardware and a great story. The buckle rash came from the owner whose parents bought this for him in 1965 when 'mod belts' and the Monkees were all the rage and nobody cared about scratching up the stuff. Named after the car and painted the same color as the iconic Ford, this baby is set up and ready to play. Ready for the stage, investor or collector, anyone purchasing this guitar will realize the amazing value over time as other higher end vintage Fender models get out of reach of the normal player. This amazing guitar comes with a luxurious leather strap and.the original case.
- Color: Daphne blue
- Condition: Normal wear, all original parts
- Production year: 1965
- Pickup Configuration: S-S
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Weight: 3.75 kg
- Accessories: Leather strap and original case
The Mustang has an offset waist, reminiscent of the Jazzmaster, but its overall styling closely followed the existing student models the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic, the slight waist offset being the main change. After the release of the Mustang, the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic were redesigned using the Mustang body; These were branded the Musicmaster II and Duo-Sonic II but the decals were not consistently applied.
All three Mustang-bodied models (Mustang, Musicmaster II and Duo-Sonic II) were offered with optionally the 21 fret 22.5-inch (or 3/4 scale) neck, or a 22 fret 24-inch neck, but the 24-inch was overwhelmingly more popular and 3/4 scale examples are rare. A 24-inch scale is still relatively short, the same as the Fender Jaguar but a full inch and a half shorter than the Stratocaster and three-quarters of an inch shorter than the Gibson Les Paul. The short scale may improve ease of use for people with small hands, and also enhances the ability to use the tremolo arm for upbends.
This short scale, combined with a unique and extremely direct tremolo arm would make the Mustang a cult guitar in the 1990s. Before that, its relatively low cost and marketing as a student guitar made it an obvious candidate for aftermarket upgrades, particularly pickup changes and also amateur finishes. Its wiring with the original pickups also led itself to custom modifications, which means that surviving models with original parts are even more valuable.
In 1982 Fender discontinued both the Mustang and the Musicmaster II. These were the last of the offset student models to be made. Fender replaced the Mustang line with the short-lived Fender Bullet line of guitars and basses before relegating production of their student guitars to their Squier division.