A 1963 Fender Duo Sonic anyone?
From the beginnings of the company, Leo had seen that student models where a way to keep his instruments in players’ hands as they progressed. Released in June of 1956, the Duo Sonic went through a few changes alongside its stable mates and found favour with players as diverse as John McLaughlin, David Byrne and Patti Smith.
This guitar is in stunning condition. The three tone sunburst, or maroonburst as its referred to, is almost entirely free of any damage. There are a few knocks and scuffs but very little a little fade. Its also worth noting that this would have been one of the last few to have been finished like this as the finish was discontinued in mid 1963 in favour of Olympic White.
The neck, fretboard and frets are inequality fantastic shape with the gloss finish of the lacquer really showcasing the maple of the neck. The neck date reads as Jun 63.
The plastics and hardware hardly show the passing of time.
The only change under the guard is the selector switch. The original is included but does not function properly any more. No other solder joints have been disturbed. The pots are dated week 29 of 1963.
The guitar comes with its correct hardshell case.
Even though this is a short scale guitar (22.5”) and aimed at students, there is no doubt that these are well made instruments . The neck feels comfortable and easy to play, the no-frills nature of the electronics yields a classy tone. This guitar certainly punches above its weight.
A great guitar with so much potential and being one of the last few to leave Fullerton in this finish, this is a must have for any collection. Grab this oner before it gets away.