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You should see the side of it, the whole edge is green.

I'll try get it in a pic some time.

Its green all over except in the middle of the body,its just the green is very faint in places.

It'd be cool if it turned into a green and blue burst but i doubt that, its had 43 years to do so and it hasnt.

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Lefty build. Oil finished

Some more pics of my freshly modded Mustang with modern TOM bridge, locked tremolo, lowered switches, fully shielded, 500k pots and Duncan JB humbucker   .    

Sorry to double post but I have a little update. I am starting to realize that fender short scales are an addiction....   I was loving messing around with the squier mustang I posted and had an itch

You should see the side of it, the whole edge is green.

I'll try get it in a pic some time.

Its green all over except in the middle of the body,its just the green is very faint in places.

It'd be cool if it turned into a green and blue burst but i doubt that, its had 43 years to do so and it hasnt.

what a guitar you have. maybe couple more years would give a natural burst. It'll be astonishing if the burst shows up on the front... that's why we prefer nitro :wink:

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The white witch-hats are cool, Earth.

I've still got the original pickups in my '65 and I keep wondering about upgrading. But the more I learn about my amp (I'm relatively new to electric guitar) the more I'm getting out of these little originals.

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cwilliam,

nice vintage Mustang...that neck looks in beautiful shape. New pups...so what'd you put in?

Original pups w/o covers. Dumbass me took them off many (about 40) years ago and they're gone. I have replacements but they're waiting to be installed. One of the pups has a broken winding wire and needs to be repaired. I hate to have to do that but it's an old guitar. If I hadn't removed the covers the pup would probably be fine now. Thanks....Bill

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cwilliam,

yeah, I respect the sentiment...ya hate to lose the vintage purity by rewinding a pickup. But I bet it will be an even better player than when it was fine.

There was one break in the wire in the neck P90 on my '63 Casino...it played okay but tested bad and eventually would have failed. I had Lindy Fralin rewind it. Sounds like a different pickup, super strong and clear. And I figure most vintage guitars eventually need some repair... So I keep Fralin's documentation with the case candy and that credibility is some compensation for the lost purity.

Go for it and enjoy your better than before sound. By the way, the neck and headstock look pristine!

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Doug,

I'm thinking that if I'm lucky the break is near the end and I'll just lose a few wraps in the repair. I haven't had it apart for a look since I noticed the problem, mainly because I'm busy working on a fairly intense build that's taking a lot of time and a bit of cash too. Worse case would be a complete rewind and as you say all vintage instruments get there at some point. They'll all either be repaired, broken or too fragile to play. This one is not a virgin as it's had it's switches replaced (I kept the pulls).

The headstock has a ding that happened when I was a teenager (pissed me off too, and I still remember how it happened). The neck has a little red scuff mark that will rub out with a small amount of effort. Overall it's in great shape, it's been stored more than it's been played over the last 43 years. Both the guitar and the amp survived my teenage ownership in good condition.........Bill

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Bill, if it's that simple a fix, great. And it's especially cool to know you've had your Mustang so long...you "own" some history there.

Even with replaced switches (I replaced one and of course kept it) these guitars have so much sentimental value, and will have moderate cash appreciation as well. Ours are probably in the $870 to $1200 range now.

But the best news is that they continue to be players.

I don't want to unravel this thread but when you get a chance, tell us about your ambitious-sounding build...if it fits here. If not, backline me.

Best regards,

doug

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Fingers crossed on the simple fix! I'm usually not that lucky.

The Mustang was used but I got it in '66 so it was almost new. I got the Vibroverb at the same time so it was something like three years old when I got it.

See my signature for a clue about my build. Check my PM for more details............Bill

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