1965 Fender Duo Sonic II + OHSC

1965 Fender Duo Sonic II + OHSC

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If its good enough for Tom, Dave and John then you should definitely stop by and take a look.....

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Much more than a ‘student’ model, this 1965 Fender Duo Sonic Two brings the fender tones without breaking the bank.

First introduced in 1956, this Duo Sonic II represents the final incarnation of this guitar before being usurped by the Mustang towards the end of the 1960s. Its short scale, twin pickup design does punch above its weight when it comes to tonal options and is worth seeking out. In fact, some prefer the Duo Sonic to the Mustang as it has better tuning stability.

The refinished Dakota Red (ish) of this guitar is striking combined with the chrome control plate and ‘crushed pearl’ pickguard. The neck too is in fine shape, where there is wear its worn into the wood to leave it satisfying to the touch. We also find here a standard Fender nut width of 42mm and a medium C neck profile which feels very familiar. Some of the electronics have been repaired. The switch for the neck pickup has been replaced with a more modern version but the correct cloth wiring retained throughout. The pots are dated October of 1965 and the pickups are the correct grey bobbin variety.

This guitar comes with a correct Fender hardshell case

Sonically this instrument has a varied palette. Combined, the single coil pickups offer a nice jangle with enough body to keep the sound from being harsh. The out of phase setting is surprisingly useful, the perfect foil for some funky excursions. Individually they offer a couple of classic Fender settings. The neck pickup is smooth and soulful, the bridge brings more bite but stays clear of being too thin. No wonder this guitar was seen in the hands of such varied artists as David Byrne, Tom Verlaine and John McLaughlin.

Here is an instrument that definitely punches above its weight and a great gateway instrument into the murky world of vintage guitars.

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At a glance

Model: Duo Sonic 2
Year: 1965
Finish: Dakota Red

Modifications: Body only Refinished
Repairs: Some rewiring
Weight: 2.97 Kg

Case: Correct Hardshell case
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tuners: Correct Kluson Deluxe with plastic buttons

Pickups: 2 x Correct single coil pickups
Hardware: Correct Chrome
Neck Profile: Oval
Pots: Correct CTS 250K




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