Early, slab board Duo Sonic in classic desert sand. A real nice one with original case...
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A 1960 Fender Duo Sonic anyone?
There exists a grainy black and white picture of a fresh faced Jimmy James stood next to a group called The Turkoids from around 1964. in his hand is a Fender Duo Sonic gifted to him by O’Kelly Isley when he joined the Isley Brothers. He would later be referred to as Jimi Hendrix, who unfortunately didn’t make the Duo Sonic as famous. 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 desert sand finish is almost entirely free of any serious damage, retaining a satin sheen. The neck, fretboard and frets are inequality fantastic shape with the gloss finish of the lacquer really showcasing the maple of the neck. There is no neck date as Fender had stopped the practice of writing dates with a pencil following a (as yet still unsubstantiated) claim that an employee had written something rude…
The plastics and hardware hardly show the passing of time, the brown pickup covers adding to the look of the guitar and continuing the brown theme.
As you’d expect, the electronics are all correct, all solder joints undisturbed. The pots are dated week 47 of 1959.
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.
These guitars certainly have a unique appeal all of their own and all guitar players should try one ant least once. Grab this oner before it gets away.
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