Fender Competition Mustang Solid Body Electric Guitar (1973)

Fender  Competition Mustang Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1973)
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Fender Competition Mustang Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1973), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 389449, Candy Apple Red with Racing Stripe finish, alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, original grey hard shell case.

This is a superbly well-preserved Competition Red Fender Mustang, original and unaltered. This guitar was built at the end of the run for this rather whimsical "Competition" version of the model, with the snazzy Candy Apple Red metallic "car" finish and "racing" stripe on the body, but a natural headstock. Soon after this one was made the finish options for the model were changed to sunburst, natural, or black and the "Competition Mustang" series was retired under the checkered flag.

The Mustang series was Leo Fender's last original design for the company that bore his name, launched in 1964 to immediate success. By the early 1970s the proliferation of cheaper Japanese guitars had undercut the market and sales were way down, but the easy handling short scale Mustang endured as a classic in its own right. This one has pots dated to the 10th week of 1973 but except for the lack of a matching headstock, the features (including the snazzy pearloid pickguard) remain nearly identical to 1960s models. 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 original and about as clean as they come, still shiny with only a couple of small finish dings and dents. There is some very light fret wear in the first position, but nobody played this one very much! The original case is extremely well-preserved, with just some light exterior wear. Excellent + Condition.