Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fender Mustang '65 RI in Athens GA for $450

A seller in Athens, GA is offering a '65 RI Mustang for a good price. I would expect this is a CIJ model (Crafted in Japan) but it could be an older MIJ as well. I don't think there is much difference between MIJ and CIJ (though some may disagree).

Some people don't realize that there are two distinct versions of this guitar - a '65 RI and a '69 RI. The '65 RI is a "slab" type body with no contour on the rear - the '69 RI (which I own and prefer) has the contour cutaway on the rear similar to a Strat. It is a bit heavier than the '65 as well. The '65 RI closely resembles the coveted (and highly collectible) original 1965 model and like the original is only available in the three "student" colors i.e. White, Red and Blue. Fender did not offer "Custom paint" on Mustangs, Duo-Sonics or MusicMasters so anybody who tries to tell you that their original USA Mustang is a "Factory Custom Color" is full of you-know-what.

Anyway there is no photo on this listing so I don't know what i am going on about - I guess i just felt like talking about Mustangs. They really are great guitars - I will regret to my dying day that I ever sold my original 1969 Competition Mustang in Lake Placid Blue with the matching headstock. It has proven to be irreplaceable. If you ever see one out there with a heavily gouged rear and replacement locking tuners (it was the punk rock 80's and I treated that guitar like a bastard step-child) please let me know. I want it back!

And finally, no discussion of Made in Japan Fender Mustangs would be complete without mentioning CHAR, the Japanese guitarist who caused the Mustang craze in Japan back in the late 1970's (several years before Curt Cobain would cause the same frenzy for Mustangs here in the USA). CHAR played both Blue and White Mustangs on stage and he outfitted them with humbuckers just like Cobain did. However his playing style is much more "Weather Report" than grunge. Check him out playing his signature song "Smoky" in this youtube clip from back in the day. And check out his keyboard player who is the spitting image of a young Jerry Seinfeld. LOL. - JC



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Fender Mustang - $450 (Athens)

Date: 2012-02-08, 3:47PM EST
Reply to: xjs5c-2841486991@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

Fender Mustang, '65 Reissue, Olympic White w/ Red Tortoise shell pickguard. Hard case included.

Good condition. $450

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