FENDER MUSTANG, 1965, Dakota Red
Excellent condition and all original. Beautiful Dakota Red finish, which wasn't a "custom color" on Mustangs: Red, Daphne Blue and Olympic White were standard on early models, before the odd "competition" finishes of the late 60s. Such colors would be very rare and expensive on Stratocasters...
Late '65 has to be considered as one of the best periods for this model, due to the use of a very nice brazilian rosewood "slab" fretboard until late '66.
Good action and playability, sounds great too. One of the original pickups is dated October 1965, neck is dated November 65 and pots are from the 43rd week of the same year. The guitar shows normal playing wear, with some edge wear especially on the lower part of the back where the wood shows under the red and the white undercoat. These details are clrearly shown in the pictures below. Also shown are the small plugged holes from other tuners installed for some time, visible after the original "F", plastic-button tuners are disassembled. Original tuners are back in place and work with no issues.
Finish is bright and in overall good condition, with the above mentioned edge wear and some light checking. The back of neck and headstock shows a little more checking and normal playing wear. Frets are in good condition; very nice dark brazilian fingerboard, thick and cut in the classic 'slab' shape.
Original hardshell case in overall good condition but with two of the three latches broken. A beautiful, simple, original, cheap and good sounding guitar.