Up for sale, a 1962 Fender Duo Sonic in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. This Pre-CBS short scale Fender model sports a body-only nitro lacquer Ocean Turquoise Metallic refinish, courtesy of Eric Daw, with all original electronics and hardware.
The guitar offers a clear, authoritative acoustic tone with surprising bark and broad fundamental warmth. There’s plenty of sparkle and twang on tap via the pair of original black bobbin alnico magnet single coil pickups, which are essentially wound identically to a '62 Strat pickup, with the only difference being the flat pole piece design. Both pickups have strong output and exceptional tone, with a bouncy, sparkling sound that's sweet and lively, offering a smooth midrange character and focused bass register cut. Featherweight at 5lbs 14oz, this Duo Sonic has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining additional heft and roundness in the upper registers, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports clay dot inlay and original slender fretwire that is notably clean, benefitting from a level and crown and only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. 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 replacement bone nut measures 1 1/2“ in width. On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe single-line tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with clean, lightly aged white buttons, and the original waterslide decal is intact. The Sept. 1962 date stamp on the neck heel is very bold and clean.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the black bobbin pickups wired to the stock harness with cloth-covered leads and Stackpole pots that date to the 37th week of ‘62. Controls include a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls, capped by original chrome-plated knurled knobs. The serialized neck plate and bridge with threaded saddles round out the hardware, and plastics comprise the original dark brown pickup covers and a modern replica one-ply parchment pickguard.
The body has been professionally refinished in custom color Ocean Turquoise Metallic nitro lacquer gloss by Eric Daw of Pin-Up Guitars and The Fret Files podcast, with some gentle simulated aging including subtle horizontal checking and a scant few tiny nicks. The original ambered nitro lacquer gloss on the neck profile has a smooth, worn-in feel, with palm wear through the finish behind frets 1-5.
A 1960s Fender Mustang case with a gray textured exterior is included. The outer latches are functional (the center latch is not), with the original handle and black leather ends. A previous owner has affixed a few stickers to the case, and there’s some writing on the top.