The Fender Mustang is a solid body electric guitar introduced by the Fender in 1965 as the basis of a major redesign of Fender's student models, the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic. It was produced until 1982 and reissued in 1990. An early user of the Fender Mustang from one of my favourite groups of the sixties Canned Heat, is Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson. He used a white Fender Mustang during Canned Heat’s performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Alan Wilson’s tone was just as important as the way he presented and played his music. It was carefully planned, and his choice of electric guitars was also just as important for creating the tone he wanted. It was effective, efficient, and he added no more and no less embellishment to his music.
In the 1990s, the Mustang attained cult status largely as a result of its use by a number of alternative rock bands, notably Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Early examples are generally seen as the most collectible of all the short-scale Fender guitars.
The Mustang features two single-coil pickups, an unusual pickup switching configuration, and a unique tremolo system. It was originally available in two scale lengths.
What I have in my collection is a 1965 Fender Mustang, White, Tortoise pickguard, “L” plate, Original Kluson tuners, Flamed Maple neck, Gorgeous Rosewood fingerboard, Short scale length, Floating tremolo, Bridge cover, EC, OHSC. There is a decent amount of honest play wear on this guy - chips, dings, scratches. This Mustang was PLAYED - and that is always a good sign. This Mustang has that great twangy/surfy/moody sound that is so loved.