Each single-coil pickup was controlled with a three-way sliding switch above the strings. Either end changed polarity so you could get six different in- and out-of-phase tonal combinations. They were available in red, white and blue finishes.
Like the Ford, the Fender Mustang became a mainstay of the line, albeit at the lower end.
In the early 1960s, acoustic guitar sales surged under the influence of folk music, and in ’63 the pop music world began to hear a new sound coming out of Liverpool. In ’62, Ford raced the prototype T-5 sports car driven by Dan Gurney, built on the very plebeian Falcon (the automotive equivalent of an entry-level guitar).
The models did well enough that they acquired rosewood fingerboard options by 1959.
By ’64 they were offered in either a really short 22½” or 24″ scale.
And of course, its racing stripes were very similar to those found on Shelby Mustangs.
Fender Mustangs were offered with Candy Red, Burgundy, and Orange finishes, with color-coordinated stripe decals running diagonally across the lower bass bout.