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M.V. Southern Cal

Jun 11th, 2009 12:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've noticed that there are many different entries on Mustangs and yet there is no club, so I've decided to start one. I got mine brand new from CBS Musical in Fullerton California along with a red fuzz lined hardcase, in 5-15-1978. It is black with a rosewood fretboard. If I could do it over I would have ordered it with a maple fretboard, ( It was only a few bucks more!). Back then we were listening to bands like Boston and Van Halen when they were still fresh and ready to go. Reggae and punk was catching on back then also. My Mustang is not quite as beat up looking as those Fender issue worn things they are selling but it does have actual wear marks on it and they look good! I got mine way before there was ever a Nirvana. I think they are great guitars and they last forever, perfect for beginners and experienced both!

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Jun 11th, 2009 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have 3 Mustangs (if you include the bass version!)

All CAR.

69 with matching headstock / stripe
71 with plain headstock / stripe
71 bass with plain headstock / stripe

All used of course, but pretty good.

Can I join?

I have 2 grand children who are learning to play guitar, so these Mustangs will hopefully get some more use when the kiddies are grown a bit.

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Jun 11th, 2009 05:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

A '65.

I refinished it, refretted it, and replaced the crappy stock F tuners.


Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Jun 14th, 2009 02:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just purchased a '65 reissue to supplement my Strats as a relatively cheap short scale length guitar. I am suprised how good it is. Great player, and heaps of character in the tone department (contrary to the general consensus of what I have read, but it all depends on how the guitar is used in conjunction with the amp). Great guitar :-)

Ten Bob


Ham-fisted minimalist
Jun 15th, 2009 04:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

modal, i'm seriously considering one of these with the intention of putting something like a jb junior in the bridge and using it as my main guitar. Yes you do hear some bad reports such as tuning issues and thin / poor tone etc.
my heart says its the sexiest looking guitar ever and i like the short scale, but the conformist in me says buy a strat and go for the 'sensible all round practicality ' option.
hows the sustain ? i'm guessing it should be better than a jazz or jag in this department due to the bridge design and placement. does it hold tuning?
also people talk about a small neck - hows the string spacing? i have quite big clumsy fingers ; shortscale is good for me but if the space between strings is too tight then this guitar is a no - no.
overall if this guitar is well built and plays well then i cant see why it shouldnt be a very credible, useable guitar.

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Jun 15th, 2009 05:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Mustang is totally usable. I think a lot of the bad press it gets is due to it being originally produced as a down-market "student" guitar. The Strat and Tele snobs have yet to get over their egos and realize the Mustang is a real-deal rock machine.

Adrian Belew used to play Mustangs a lot onstage, and he KILLED. And ask Joan Jett about how her down-market Gibson Melody Maker has impeded her musical exploits. Or check out the really terrible tones David Lindley gets with his Sears Silvertone guitars on his recordings.

These people should all get real guitars. Har!

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Jun 20th, 2009 01:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ten Bob:

thin / poor tone- The '65 reissue does have low output pup's, which compared to an average Strat pup do sound "thinner". But IMO they have a ton of character, easily beefed up by simple tweaks of the amp controls. I love them, but I tend to prefer more traditional low output single coils. In general I believe they offer a wide range of tones from clean chimey to thumpin' distortion, all depending on how you use your gear. I love the versatility of my Mustang.

hows the sustain ?- I think it's pretty darn good for a guitar with a floating bridge. It resonates well unplugged, sort of reminds me of an old tranny radio in a good way. This tone is reflected well by the pup's.

does it hold tuning?- well mine does, and it seems more stable than a Strat bridge to me, not that I have many tuning problems with any of my Strats.

hows the string spacing?- Well, no prob for me. I'm certain it's 41mm at the nut, the same as MIM Standard Strats. I have a CIJ '66 reissue Strat, which is 40mm at the nut. I adjusted by focusing on my technique by ensuring that my finger tips approach from the top of the strings, not at an angle, therefore reducing intereference with other strings.

When I first played it, I thought it was toy like and was not intonated correctly. What I realised is. due to it been short scale length, I was applying way to much pressure on the frets (I'm so accustomed to long scale length Strat necks). When I started to play lightly, Wow, what a neck. Slick, fast, comfortable. Like a short scale Strat neck.

In summary, a guitar with attention to detail, awesome neck, and great tones (if you are willing to work at it). I thought nothing would break me away from a Strat, but my Mustang has, and I find it hard to put down.

Ten Bob


Ham-fisted minimalist
Jun 20th, 2009 06:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

thanks thats helpful, i saw some pics of a mustang trem / bridge opened up and it looked to me like a fairly simple, stable affair.
my heart says 'mustang' but my brain says 'strat' because i have to think of functionality for gigging so as much as i love fenders various offsets i need a fairly simple working tool. that said, i only need two pups and i'll be putting a JB junior or a quarter pounder at the bridge whichever guitar i go for.
Mustang wins it on shorter scale whilst strat has the advantage of simpler wiring thus simpler modding job. and i can pick one up a lot cheaper than a mustang.
However that short scale neck is going to make my life a hell of a lot easier and after all i just want to get on and play to the best of my ability so why make life any harder ?
I think we need a hardtail mustang with a simpler, ie 3 way toggle switch. The cyclone 1 maybe the closest thing as the only duosonic options are the 90's mexican used ones, prohibitively expensive vintage ones or the new squier duo sonic with that awful dessert sand finish.

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I play an Esquire...

...made by a GIRL.
Jun 21st, 2009 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

My 2 Surfboards.

Stripes make them go faster.



Jun 28th, 2009 12:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Do MIJ/CIJ Mustangs count?? Please...

If so, I have three. Three of the sexiest guitars ever. A 2006 69 RI, a 2000 65 RI and a 94 Racing Stripe RI.

Please let me join your club...


M.V. Southern Cal

Jun 29th, 2009 12:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

mikejmeehan you are in the club even if MIJ/CIJ because a Mustang by any other country manufactured would play as sweet! The Japan made ones are groovey, they are keeping the Mustang alive more power to them.



Jul 16th, 2009 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll join the club! Earlier this year, I bought a '74 Mustang, all stock with a walnut finish. The place I bought it from had other vintage Mustangs, but this was the only one that didn't have noisy pickups. Luckily, I absolutely LOVE the walnut finish, too.

After inspecting the guitar, I discovered that although the neckplate would lead a person to think it was a '74, it's actually from '75. No biggie, cuz it sounds AMAZING.

Lots of pics of my 75 Mustang...


Long Island, NY USA

Aug 2nd, 2009 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I spent the summer of 1965 working in an upstate NY resort to save up for an electric guitar and amplifier. I wound up with a blue Mustang and an Ampeg (Reverberocket ?) amp.

It became my only electric until about 10 years ago when I bought a Strat and have added a few others since. I love that Mustang to death, and still play out with it on occasion. My former drummer's sister was an art student and in 1967 painted some psychedelic designs on it:

'65 Mustang

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Aug 2nd, 2009 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Now THAT is nice!!!

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"into the Tele ghetto" -Electron
Aug 11th, 2009 10:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll join. I've got my Dad's old Mustang, bought by my grandparents in 1965.

It's ugly, its had the red paint stripped off, and its hard to play due to the frets being so worn, but sounds great. One day I'll get around to restoring it.



Sep 1st, 2009 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I love Mustangs!I don't have one right now but I used to own this 73'Mustang

The "Honky Stang"

(This message was last edited by hippiepsychedelic at 11:30 AM, Sep 1st, 2009)



Still strummin' after all these years
Sep 28th, 2009 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm late to the party but can I still join?

I bought her from a friend around 1980 for $200. He sold her because he stopped playing. She is orginal except for the slide switches. As a teenager, I changed them out with OEM replacements because they were corroded and unsalvageable.

She just came from out of the shop (needed some TLC) and plays, slounds and looks great for a 40 year old.

My 1969 Mustang Competition


M.V. Southern Cal

Oct 8th, 2009 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's a beautiful Mustang. Welcome to the club!
Back in the 70s I had the chance to buy two 60s Mustangs for less than a hundred dollars, and like a young fool I was back then, I did not jump on it. There was alot of other used gear they had back then I wish I would have picked up. That store is gone now, but it was located on Commonwealth and Harbor in Fullerton, California, it was kind of like a pawn shop that had a cool music store inside of it as well. The name of the place was Strings and Things.


Chicago, IL

2 wrongs don't make a right/3 lefts do
Nov 13th, 2009 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have 2 from the 70s currently. But I've owned a total of 5 over the years. Great guitars.

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There's someone in my head.......
Dec 1st, 2009 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just got a '69 re-issue with new SD antiquity PUP's. Man, what an awesome guitar.
Count me in! I also have a US '72 Mustang bass.

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