Sparkling, near MINT Olympic white 1963 spec Duo Sonic with original hard case and a great player...
A 1964 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 olympic white finish is almost entirely free of any damage, a little fade but retaining its glossy coat. 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 Oct 63.
The plastics and hardware hardly show the passing of time and the combination of tortoiseshell pick guard and white pickup covers gives this instrument a touch of class. The bottom E tuner is a reproduction as the original (included in the case) had worn out on no longer functioned.
As you’d expect, the electronics are all correct, all solder joints undisturbed. The pots are dated week 3 of 1964.
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.
This guitar is notable as it would have been one of the last few to leave the factory in the original shape before they were redesigned in 1964. 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.
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed, tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers and purchased, by appointment at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment please) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdom
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