Fender Duo-Sonic II Solid Body Electric Guitar (1966)

Fender  Duo-Sonic II Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1966)

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Fender Duo-Sonic II Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1966), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 132176, red lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original grey hard shell case.

This Duo-Sonic II was made about two years after model's redesign with components interchangeable with the new Mustang in mid-1964. This guitar has the shorter of the two scale lengths offered, 22 1/2" as found on all Duo-Sonics and Musicmasters made before mid-1964, but after that most shared a longer 24" scale neck with the Mustang. Something of a forgotten model, the Duo-Sonic was largely eclipsed in the mid-'60's by the trem-equipped Mustang which sold over 16,000 units in this year alone. With its non-trem body-mounted bridge the Dou-Sonic II is a solider-feeling instrument to the player than the tremolo-equipped Mustang it shares all other features with. The switches for the two pickups offer on/off and in/out of phase pickup options, identical to the Mustang. This is nicely preserved example and a fine playing light, handy little guitar.
 
Overall length is 38 1/4 in. (97.2 cm.), 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 1/2 in. (572 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). A nice, all-original guitar with some light wear but no alterations or repairs. The finish shows checking overall and some dings and dents but retains a nice vibrant color. There is some corrosion through the plating on the bass side of the bridge, otherwise the hardware is pretty clean. The frets show very little wear and overall this is a great playing example of Fender's pocket-sized rocker. Includes a nice original HSC. Excellent - Condition.