1976 Fender Mustang, Natural
This is a 1976 Fender Mustang in natural finish with a black pick-guard. The Mustang series was conceived as a student level instrument, with a shorter scale than was typical of Fender at 24” or 22.5”. The line was discontinued in 1982 but would see a revival in the hands of grunge and alternative rockers in the early ‘90s. The raunchy, almost uncontrollable tone appealed greatly to Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain, who was known to seek out beat up examples of then cheaper Fenders in pawn shops. This piece certainly has a great, roughed-up vintage vibe, with plenty of dings and chips in the finish. The sound from the pick-ups is quite nice, with a warm tone that sounds great with some reverb. The guitar does have a few quirks, like having two new strap button screw holes and a worn down saddle that is causing the high e string to slip when bending, and both pots have been replaced. Despite those issues, the guitar plays wonderfully with a very comfortable neck and nice low action. The guitar is unfortunately missing its whammy bar, but it does ship in its original hard-shell case.
Weight: 8 lbs. 7 oz.
Nut width: 1 ⅝”
6.5/10 (good condition) 1976
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