Up for sale, a 1949 Fender Dual Six Professional double neck consol steel in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original telescoping legs and tweed hardshell case. This steel features the original Walnut (Dark) lacquer finish and a pair of string-through pickups. The best reference point for the sound of Fender's string-through pickups is perhaps Santo & Johnny's Sleepwalk, and these single coils offer a potent midrange with ample treble cut and sweetness. With the Tone control open, there is plenty of high frequency sparkle and definition, accompanied by a hint of harmonically-rich lower midrange growl that is often associated with the through-pickup design.
The scale length for each neck measures 22 1/2”, with block position markers on the playing surfaces. String spacing measures 1 13/16" at the nut, and 2 1/16" at the bridge. The tuning machines with chrome-plated lollipop buttons turn smoothly, and the tuner trays are both mounted with flathead screws. All of the electronics work as they should, with Master Volume and Tone controls, as well as a three-way pickup selector switch to toggle between the string-through pickups on each neck. The wiring harness has been fitted with replacement 250k CTS pots that date to '97.
The chrome plating on all the hardware is all well-kept, including the original pair of knurled knobs and the serialized input jack plate. All the original Fender badging is present, including the central “Fullerton, California” badge and the chrome diamonds on the perimeter of the necks.
The gloss Walnut (Dark) nitro lacquer finish is original, with no touch-up or overspray, exhibiting some requisite lacquer checking. Cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of minor nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the edges. There is some additional finish loss adjacent to where the strings anchor on both necks.
The original lacquered tweed hardshell case with gold poodle interior is included, along with the original telescoping chrome-plated legs. The case retains the original latches and handle, although the case is not structurally stable, with significant separation wood at the edges, particularly on the back/bottom of the case.