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Methstang Miracle: Fire and Flood Ravaged 1966 Fender Mustang Restored

Methstang Miracle- Fire and Flood Ravaged 1966 Fender Mustang Restored
This fire-damaged, beetle-infested Fender Mustang was deemed a lost cause. Now, it's a stunning survivor with a tone as unique as its scars.

A vintage Mustang dubbed the “Methstang” was a fire and flood casualty. Miraculously, it’s been restored and plays beautifully – see the amazing transformation!

Methstang Miracle

Once a “zombie guitar” left for dead, a 1966 Fender Mustang known as the “Methstang” is now a stunning testament to the power of restoration. Fire-damaged, flood-ravaged, and even hosting a beetle in its headstock, this guitar was deemed unsalvageable – until one determined restorer saw its potential.


Purchased on Craigslist by @red_stick_guitarandamp and then masterfully reborn by YouTuber Levon Campbell of the Not A Luthier channel, this Methstang bore an agonizing list of injuries:

  • Melted pickups
  • Charred, shrunken neck
  • Beetle-bored headstock
  • Rotting pickguard
  • Faded paint and severe chip damage
Once, a 1966 Fender Mustang

The Miraculous Restoration

Against all odds, Campbell discovered that almost all of the original components were intact and surprisingly functional, including the pickups! After a deep clean, he was able to:

  • Craft a custom fretboard and pickguard
  • Resuscitate the molten pickups
  • Save the original tailpiece

The Methstang now proudly bears its battle scars. The charred pickups add a unique ‘smoky’ tone, and the acrylic pickguard reflects the history etched into the wood. This remarkable revival proves that even the most damaged instruments can find new life.

If you like heavily damaged guitar restoration stories, then be sure to read about this 1950s Gibson Les Paul Junior Barnfind and this Tornado- damaged Gibson 1952 Gold Top.

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