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1957 Fender Duo Sonic Vintage Guitar, Desert Sand & Gold Guard, Collector-Grade w/ V Neck & Case


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Up for sale, a 1957 Fender Duo Sonic in collector-grade 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This stunningly clean Pre-CBS short scale Fender model features a Desert Sand gloss finish, practically perfect anodized aluminum gold pickguard, and a one-piece maple neck with a deep V-shaped profile carve.

Via the pair of black bobbin pickups, this Duo Sonic dishes out plenty of twang and percussive cut, and these pickups are essentially wound identical to a '57 Strat pickup, with the only difference being a flat pole piece design and smooth white covers. Both pickups have strong output and exceptional tone, with the bouncy, sparkling sound that's sweet and lively, offering a smooth midrange character and focused bass register clarity. Featherweight at 6lbs 2oz, this guitar is very easy on the back and has a clear, chiming acoustic tone that's surprisingly resonant and authoritative. We've had this Duo Sonic professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, with fresh 10-46 strings and slinky action.

The one-piece maple neck has a substantive soft V-shaped profile carve (the quintessential shape for 1957) with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. With a scale length of 22 1/2", this is a true short scale instrument, perfect for players with smaller hands or those looking to comfortably execute chord extensions that might otherwise be out of reach. The thin nitro gloss finish shows just a hint of wear through the thin finish on the fretboard on frets 1-3, and the original slender frets show virtually no wear with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The original nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the single line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines are exceptionally clean, and the original "Fender - Duo Sonic" waterslide decal is practically perfect.

All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and original black bobbin pickups which retain their original windings. The wiring harness features Stackpole pots that date to the 32nd week of '57, along with the original paper-in-oil tone cap. The chrome plating on the bridge and knurled knobs is positively gleaming, and the four-bolt neck plate has a unique serial number placement on the lower edge (an anomaly of late '50s production). The anodized gold plating on the pickguard is practically perfect.

The nitro lacquer Desert Sand finish is 100% original and exceedingly clean as the photos can attest. Cosmetic wear is limited to some minor nicks largely on the perimeter of the slab body, a spot of light case rub on the outer edge of the treble-side body horn, and a small spot of faint buckle rash central to the waist. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless and un-ambered, free of palm wear.

The original tan hardshell case with brown leather ends is included and near mint. This case is equally as well-kept as the guitar on its exterior, and all three original latches are intact and functional, along with the original handle.