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Fender Mustang 1965 sunburst? Is it possible?

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Hello,

I recently found this ad (https://m.mercatinomusicale.com/mm/a_permuto-fender-mustang-1965_id6185447.html) on an Italian  website very similar to reverb.com.

It should be a 1965 Mustang, but there are some differences that do not properly match with a ‘65 Fender Mustang, by exemple:

- the color, because a lot of sites say that at that time the only available colors for mustangs were white, blue and red. The only othere reference I found around about a ‘65 sunburst american mustang is here, but the author shows the same doubts about the color (here: https://planetbotch.blogspot.com/2011/11/1965-fender-mustang-sunburst.html?m=1- )

- the neck plate shows a L serial number. The ‘65-‘66 models had the engraved big F in the neck plate, the ‘64 (to ‘65?) had the L serial number without F, but they had the small headstock!

- no “offset contour body decal” on the headstock... but the decal disappeared not before ‘67.

- NOTE: do not consider the tuners, because the owner, answering to a question on a facebook market page where this guitar appeared a month ago, said that the original plastic tuners has been changed due to the bad condition of the plastic keys.

Is it a Frankenstang? Have you ever heard of a 1965 fender mustang sunburst? I know that online pages can help to indentify an instrument (like this: http://www.fendermustangstory.com/) but sometimes a direct experience can give some more  hints.

Thank you,

Andrea

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