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Spotlight On 1965 Fender Mustang


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In '82 a friend of mine got a '65 Fender Duosonic from his aunt. Perfect condition except for a little scrape in the top finish.

Of course, we ripped the pickups out to put in some hot DiMarzios and drilled a hole in the pickguard to install a coil tap switch. For good measure we stripped off the transparent cherry finish and threw some danish oil on it. :D

Oh, to be young and stupid again.

He eventually traded it for an old Micro-Moog.

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Hey, I like that. It's like seeing bonus material from a guitar maintanence/set-up video.

Looks like somebody's getting a new workshop going with a nice concrete floor, like I have.

Thanks, I just decided that since I was going to have to disassemble it, I'd take pictures so everyone could see how they was built back then. Interesting facts that give it away as a 1965. Kluson tuners for one. It was the first year they had the bigger headstock. The tremolo has Pat Pending on it, later in 1966 they received a Patent number. The date on the back of the pickup.. haha

Speaking of the pickups, they are very noisy, is that typical of an old Fender single coil?

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Speaking of the pickups, they are very noisy, is that typical of an old Fender single coil?

I have Lace Sensors on my 66 Mustang so they should be quieter than the old single coils but I got a lot of noise out of those crappy switches they use. I replaced them once but they are starting to crap out again.

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Speaking of the pickups, they are very noisy, is that typical of an old Fender single coil?

I have Lace Sensors on my 66 Mustang so they should be quieter than the old single coils but I got a lot of noise out of those crappy switches they use. I replaced them once but they are starting to crap out again.

Yeah the switches on this guitar really need replacing, I cleaned them the best I could, but I'm definitely going to suggest that he get them replaced. But, yeah it's a rather noisy guitar, and the switches are terrible.

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