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My "new" 1977 Mustang: Is this normal?


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Hi everyone, I'm new here and I have just got my first mustang, a white/yellow 1977 maple neck one and I love it!

I bought it as "all original" but I think there might be a few issues (I hope not though!)

-Firstly the seller said that it was once Olympic white but has now aged...

-Secondly, one of the pots is larger than the other. (The larger one is from '77 but the code on the smaller one is obscured by solder.)

- Thirdly, there is a piece of wire (presumably the earth wire) running from the bridge to the control plate but instead of going under the pickguard or through a hole it goes straight across the body!

- Also, why is there a random screw in the middle of the pickguard?!

Anyway, it's an awesome guitar whatever! :-D Here are some pics:

http://s585.photobucket.com/albums/ss29 ... 0_0643.jpg

http://s585.photobucket.com/albums/ss29 ... 0_0644.jpg

http://s585.photobucket.com/albums/ss29 ... 0_0639.jpg

http://s585.photobucket.com/albums/ss29 ... 0_0640.jpg

http://s585.photobucket.com/albums/ss29 ... 0_0641.jpg

http://s585.photobucket.com/albums/ss29 ... 0_0642.jpg

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- Also, why is there a random screw in the middle of the pickguard?!

... has probably been added to prevent the rather old pickguard form warping (and, in the course, rattling)

looks great!! the maple neck and the aged body match pretty well, congrats. how much did you spend?

(oh, and welcome ; )

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Howdy, and welcome. That's a beautiful guitar you got yourself there! And at a good price!

The aged finish is just something that happens. I think you'll just have to live with that one :wink:

Not sure about the pots or the earth wire... But the scratchplate screw would probably be original. Fender put them there for the reason Martin (funtoosh) gave.

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Hey there. I have a late '74 / early '75 Mustang that is all original. I have some photos that you could compare to my guitar.

-Secondly, one of the pots is larger than the other. (The larger one is from '77 but the code on the smaller one is obscured by solder.)

Here's a photo of the pots on my guitar, for you to compare. It looks as though both pots on mine are the same size.

http://pruff.com/74mustang/pages/IMG_4060.html

- Also, why is there a random screw in the middle of the pickguard?!

Mine has the screw, too. So it's indeed stock that yours has one too.

http://pruff.com/74mustang/pages/IMG_4005.html

Ya got a Jaguar/Jazzmaster bridge on there.

Fenderbob's right. If you compare this photo of yours:

http://s585.photobucket.com/albums/ss299/Sam327/?action=view&current=100_0640.jpg

...to mine:

http://pruff.com/74mustang/pages/IMG_4013.html

...you'll notice that the part that the string goes over on yours looks threaded, but on mine, it only has one notch for the string to lay on.

Either way, all that matters at the end of the day is that you love its tone and that you can't stop playing it. It's a sweet sweet looking guitar, man! Cheers.

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Thanks everyone, just wondering though, did any 70s mustangs come with the jag bridge as stock? Because in most pics of 77 stangs they have a bridge cover so its hard to see whether they did... Anyway the bridge on mine looks just as old as the guitar... Another point about the bridge, it's really buzzy... I read somewhere that jag bridges are prone to buzz and the best remedy is to replace them with mustang bridges. Is it worth me buying a stang bridge to go on it? Also, anyone got a 77 pot that they are willing to sell by any chance? Thanks.

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Beautiful guitar, I have black 1978 rosewood fingerboard one that I purchased straight from the factory when I worked there, back in the late 70s. Your Mustang is the first I've ever seen with a full maple neck. You are lucky! I was on this forum years back but I'm now new to it once again. I'm a big Fender product all the way around fan. I'm glad CBS does not own them anymore. My Mustang is heavier than some of the 60s ones I've handled before. Personally I feel there were some good CBS products made although, I appreciate what direction they are going now, for the most part. I dig the fact they have Japanese reissue Mustangs. By the way, my 78 and your 77 were actually reissue ones also, in case you did not know is that cool or what! The originals ones came out in 65 I believe. :shock:

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Beautiful guitar, I have black 1978 rosewood fingerboard one that I purchased straight from the factory when I worked there, back in the late 70s. Your Mustang is the first I've ever seen with a full maple neck. You are lucky! I was on this forum years back but I'm now new to it once again. I'm a big Fender product all the way around fan. I'm glad CBS does not own them anymore. My Mustang is heavier than some of the 60s ones I've handled before. Personally I feel there were some good CBS products made although, I appreciate what direction they are going now, for the most part. I dig the fact they have Japanese reissue Mustangs. By the way, my 78 and your 77 were actually reissue ones also, in case you did not know is that cool or what! The originals ones came out in 65 I believe. :shock:

I was mistaken about the reissue, they had not stopped making them until about 82. So my 78 is actually along the same line as the originals except it has the body contour as well as an ash body. I got to come on this site more often. I bet I'm the only dinosaur here! I like the Japanese Mustangs I've tried out in stores.

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