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Pre-1969 vs. Reissue Mustangs: differences?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:43 pm    Post subject: Pre-1969 vs. Reissue Mustangs: differences? Reply with quote

For those who have pre-1969 Mustangs, what are the differences between yours and the reissue Mustangs?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be honest? A ton. Especially weight. Necks they say are about the same but if you play one you'll disagree. I prefer a 69RI over an original but that is just preference. Poplar vs Basswood is another.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not even sure the Squiers can be considered re-issues: thicker necks, thicker frets, heavier body, pickups sound different and so do the guitars unplugged. I do think the Squiers play nice though.

I can't say anything about Japanese re-issues, never played one.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also the body thickness is different with vintage vs reissue. The bridges are a little different, the pickguards are a bit different (reissue bridge pickups are physically closer to the bridge than vintage), the contours are slightly different..

They are similar in many ways, but there are differences. Oh and vintage logos are normally smaller than the reissues.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything is different, you should try them both!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squier has 9.5" fretboard radius and jumbo fret wire. Pre-69 is 7.25" radius and small vintage fret wire. Pre-69 pickups were hand wound vs machine wound.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:47 pm    Post subject: Vintage, Reissue, two different guitars Reply with quote

speedfish wrote:
Squier has 9.5" fretboard radius and jumbo fret wire. Pre-69 is 7.25" radius and small vintage fret wire. Pre-69 pickups were hand wound vs machine wound.


Thanks, everyone. I've not had a chance to do a point-by-point comparison and this helps. I played a Reissue Mustang and yeah, it felt different. But did not have my '65 with me for direct comparison.

Some have claimed the original Mustang pups are "weak" but I'm happy with mine. I always play with the guitar volume dimed to get the most out of my pups and I'm sure that helps. An amp is such a big part of the sound, I don't notice any weakness.

The neck is thinner and the fret spacing up near the body gets a bit tight, so it takes some playing for my fingers to adjust after playing a BluesHawk or Les Paul. But I have medium-sized hands and it's no big deal to adjust.

The original and the Reissue...really two different guitars.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WHAT THE FUCK IS A PRE-69 REISSUE ?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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WHAT THE FUCK IS A PRE-69 REISSUE ?



Maybe a 65RI? Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

would be a 65RI


having owned several of both, i've found that i just don't get along with the re-issues, usually due to the medium jumbo frets (or the squire 9.5r)
that japanese 69ri's are good, pups sound thinner then on my og 69 & 72, but feel about the same, i find the og models weigh less.

there is a dude on the forum that hand winds mustang pups, i used them in my `72 build and they sound spot on with my 65 & 69.

(i've sold off all the reissues i've bought over the years)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wish i kept my RI comp stang. they're harder to find on the 'bay these days.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:53 pm    Post subject: The frets Reply with quote

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...having owned several of both, i've found that i just don't get along with the re-issues, usually due to the medium jumbo frets (or the squire 9.5r)
that japanese 69ri's are good, pups sound thinner then on my og 69 & 72, but feel about the same, i find the og models weigh less...(i've sold off all the reissues i've bought over the years)


You're reminding me, the 1960s frets are lower and thinner. I'm used to that. I know bigger frets can make bending a bit easier, but because my action's pretty low, I can bend strings just fine.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:56 pm    Post subject: For those who have pre-1969 Mustangs, what are the differenc Reply with quote

Rox wrote:
robroe wrote:
WHAT THE FUCK IS A PRE-69 REISSUE ?



Maybe a 65RI? Confused


We're comparing the original 1960s Mustangs with the reissue Mustangs.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: For those who have pre-1969 Mustangs, what are the diffe Reply with quote

Doug wrote:
Rox wrote:
robroe wrote:
WHAT THE FUCK IS A PRE-69 REISSUE ?



Maybe a 65RI? Confused


We're comparing the original 1960s Mustangs with the reissue Mustangs.


ie: Fender 64-68 vs 65RI
69-73 comp vs ri comp
74+ vs whatever else & the squier models.

least thats my take on the topic.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:40 pm    Post subject: Re: For those who have pre-1969 Mustangs, what are the diffe Reply with quote

serfx wrote:
Doug wrote:
Rox wrote:
robroe wrote:
WHAT THE FUCK IS A PRE-69 REISSUE ?



Maybe a 65RI? Confused


We're comparing the original 1960s Mustangs with the reissue Mustangs.


ie: Fender 64-68 vs 65RI
69-73 comp vs ri comp
74+ vs whatever else & the squier models.

least thats my take on the topic.


Yeah, that nails it, Serfx. Though I was focusing in on 64-68 vs the 65 Reissue. Because mine is a 1965 and I'm just learning that there are some significant differences with the 65 Reissue.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's also a 66RI and some other ones like Factory Special Run, one of which had a bent arm vibrato when the other ones used the straight one and came in Cobalt Blue I think, they called the arm something like "vintage corksniffer" although those weren't the exact words that came up when using the translator. Unfortunately, I do not know any more about them and actual differences.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about finish? Is the 65RI poly or nitro?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty sure all the reissues from Japan (which is the vast majority) are Poly.

There was a USA CS vintage reissue made specifically for Namm, and I'm sure they were Nitro.

In fact, here's the US Custom Shop one MEGA $$$ - JUST BUY AN ORIGINAL AND STILL HAVE CHANGE FOR A HOLIDAY
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3000 Euros for a Stang? Confused

You can go custom built for less..
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rox wrote:
3000 Euros for a Stang? Confused

You can go custom built for less..


yeah lets talk about overpriced.

you could get a vintage one for less?

and white pickup covers on pearl pickguard?

if i would buy anything at that price (i wouldnt), everything has to be perfect.

can anyone tell me whats so special about these stangs? except they were only one made in each color?
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