Fender Competition Mustang Solid Body Electric Guitar (1969)

Fender  Competition Mustang Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1969)
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Item # 10043
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Fender Competition Mustang Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1969), made in Fullerton, California, Candy Apple Red with Racing Stripe finish, alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, original grey hard shell case.

This is a completely original and amazingly well-preserved Competition Red Fender Mustang, completely original and unaltered and appearing simply not much played. This guitar was built near the beginning of the run for this rather whimsical "Competition" version of the model, with the Candy Apple Red metallic "car" finish and "racing" stripe on the body and a snazzy matching headstock. This one has a neck stamped 16 APR 69B and pots dated to the 42nd week of 1966, marking it as part of the first wave of the new "Competition" style and one of the last of the cool original 1960s models.

Originally introduced in mid-1964, the Mustang series was Leo Fender's last major original design for the company that bore his name. Although intended as a student model, the easy handling short scale model with vibrato has been used by many professionals over the decades since and endured as a classic in its own right. The Mustang has proved a timeless favorite of countless garage and pro bands from the 1960s and '70s until today, easily exceeding Leo's original intentions as a simple but effective student instrument.
Overall length is 39 3/4 in. (101 cm.), 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 in. (610 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This guitar is completely unaltered and just about as clean as these usually come, complete except the snap-on bridge cover is long gone. The finish is still shiny with only some very small finish dings, chips and dents overall. The deep red Candy Apple Metallic lacquer on the body and headstock has retained excellent color with hardly any fade.The face of the headstock does show a few tiny chips on the lower edge. There is some fret and fingerboard wear in the first position, but not enough to affect playability. It simply looks like nobody played this one very much and it has been mostly put away for 50+ years! The original case is also extremely well-preserved, with just some light exterior wear. Excellent + Condition.