First introduced in 1956 alongside the single pickup Musicmaster model, the Fender Duo Sonic was the companies designated twin pickup student guitar, with a shorter 22 1/2" scale length and stripped back design. Many Fender models changed spec in the late '50s and early '60s, and the Duo Sonic was reintroduced in a new form in 1964 to coincide with the new Mustang model, making the Duo Sonic essentially a hard tail Mustang, sharing the pickups, switching design, headstock and body shape. The shorter scale design and unique pickup configuration has made the Duo Sonic a popular choice over the years, and a relatively affordable entry point in to vintage guitars from Fender's golden era.
This 1965 Duo Sonic is a fantastic example, and is in all original condition. This guitar features a slab Alder body and maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard. The neck date is December '64 with an 'A' stamp indicating it has a narrower that standard nut width that is particularly comfortable to play. The original pots dating to the 12th week of '65 and the grey bottom pickups date to the May of 1965. The pearl pickguard, 'F' stamped tuners, threaded saddle top loading bridge and all other hardware are also original and in great condition.
The original red lacquer finish shows plenty of lacquer checking and play wear around the lower edge, but is in generally very good condition. This guitar also includes its original case.
As with all vintage instruments, this 1965 Fender Duo Sonic has been given a full service and appraisal by the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.