1966 Fender Duo Sonic II

1966 Fender Duo Sonic II

1,700.00

1966 Fender Duo Sonic II. Purchased from original owner. Excellent vintage condition. Comes with original case.

The Fender Duo-Sonic II, only produced for four years in the mid-to-late '60s, was the dual-pickup counterpart of the Fender Musicmaster, which were both some of Fender's first student-specific guitars. The original Duo-Sonic had a shorter scale length, though the Duo-Sonic II had a 24" scale length. However, the Duo-Sonic II was still considered a student level guitar at its shorter price point and without a significant amount of appointments.

Third version – Duo-Sonic II (1964–1968)

In 1964 the Duo-Sonic was redesigned based on the Fender Mustang that had recently been added to the student model line but without the vibrato tail-piece. The student guitars now all featured larger and slightly offset bodies, necks with larger headstocks and rosewood fingerboards and plastic pickguards with the volume and tone controls mounted on a separate metal plate. Pickup selection was moved above the pickups on both the Duo-Sonic and the Mustang and utilized two 3-position on-off-on switches that allowed for in and out-of-phase sounds. The pickups were also reverse-wound/reverse-polarity, which made them into a functional humbucker when both pickups were used simultaneously. Also added in this redesign was the option of a 24-inch scale neck in addition to the 22.5 inch scale. This re-designed model was renamed Duo-Sonic II although decals with and without the II designation were used occasionally. In addition to white, Daphne Blue and Dakota Red colors added.

The Duo-Sonic lasted until 1969 when it was dropped most likely because the Mustang with its tremolo tail piece was far more popular.

The Duo-Sonic I and II are both considered rare and have displayed growing collector value. The Duo-Sonic II in particular is often seen as a desirable alternative to the more popular Mustang, since it lacks the difficult-to-maintain tremolo bridge.

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