1960 Fender Duo-Sonic with a Desert Sand finish. This Pre-CBS Fender is all original except for the upgraded vintage pickups, pickup switch, and threaded saddles. Everything else is original, including the potentiometers and tuners. This is a great playing short-scale guitar that is setup perfectly. It's extremely easy to play and sounds wonderful. It weighs just 6.45 pounds. It has a 22.5" scale length and a 1.53" nut width. The neck thickness measures 0.824" at the 1st fret and 0.987 at the 12th fret.
This 60-year-old guitar is in overall good condition with no major issues. The neck is in outstanding condition with only minor visible wear. The back of the neck is clean, glossy, and smooth with only a couple fingernail marks. The rosewood fingerboard looks great with no signs of ever drying out, and there are no noticeable finger marks. The original vintage-sized frets have some fretwear throughout but still has a good amount of life left, with no buzzing anywhere on the neck with good string action. The original nut is in very good condition with no issues. The headstock has no major wear, just a couple marks here and there. The "Duo" lettering on the waterslide has faded a little. The original tuners work perfectly and hold a tune without issue. The truss rod has been tested and works. The guitar's body still has the original Desert Sand finish but has had some amateur touchups done by the original owner, including some wood filler on the back and pickup cavity, along with some poorly matched paint in a couple spots. Other than that, there's just pretty typical checking, dings, and scuffs throughout, mostly around the edges of the body. The pickups were replaced with vintage DiMarzio pickups many decades ago, and the pickup selector was replaced with a Gibson switchcraft pickup switch. Both potentiometers date to 1960 and have zero issues or scratchiness. The bridge is original and in excellent condition. The saddles were upgraded to threaded saddles for perfect string spacing.
Includes the original hardshell case is in good working condition. All latches work. The handle has been replaced with a phone cord but works well. The exterior of the case has typical wear. The interior of the case is good but has some of edges of the material is coming loose.
The Duo-Sonic and its single-pickup counterpart, the Musicmaster were released in 1956 as Fender's first student level guitars. These models featured a small body shape, shorter scale length, and a lower price-point than other guitars in the Fender catalog. In late 1959, the Duo-Sonic's pickguard was switched from aluminum to plastic along with the introduction of a Rosewood fingerboard. In 1964, the body style was switched to be more similar to the Mustang. This year also brought the Duo-Sonic II which featured a longer 24-inch scale length.
Body Style: Offset solidbody
Years of Production: 1956 - 1969