Up for sale, a 1962 Fender Duo Sonic in perfect working order, sporting a nitro lacquer Sunburst sparkle metalflake finish. Very much in the spirit of the sparkle-finished Fenders outsourced to Hot Rod shops in Southern California in Fender's golden age, this very old nitro lacquer metalflake sparkle finish extends to both the top and headstock face, with a non-sparkle red sunburst on the back and a black-finished neck profile, all over a gray primer coat. Unusual, eye-catching, naturally worn, and just plain fun, this Duo Sonic retains all original electronics including a pair of black bobbin pickups.
This Pre-CBS short scale Fender model features a poplar body and one-piece maple neck capped with a slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard, offering plenty of chime and twang via the pair of original black bobbin single coil pickups. These pickups are essentially wound identical to a '62 Strat pickup, with the only difference being a flat pole piece design and smooth brown covers. Both pickups have strong output and exceptional tone, with the bouncy, snappy sound that's sweet and lively, offering a smooth midrange character and focused bass register clarity. Weighing 6lbs 8oz, this guitar is very easy on the back, and has a clear 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 11-49 strings and slinky action.
The one-piece maple neck has a slender and fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with appreciable heft and roundness as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .990" 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 slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports clay dot inlay and original slender fretwire that's remarkably clean, showing virtually no wear. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone. On the headstock, the guitar features a vintage-correct "Fender - Duo Sonic" waterslide decal, along with a set of new vintage-spec Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines that offer smooth, reliable performance.
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 original Stackpole pots that date to the 12th week of '62, along with the original ceramic disc tone cap. The hardware includes the stock bridge, and a modern pair of knurled knobs and four-bolt neck plate. The plastics comprise a single-ply white pickguard and accompanying aluminum pickguard shield with dark brown pickup covers.
The nitro lacquer metalflake sparkle Sunburst finish is very old, yet ostensibly not original, with prominent vertical lacquer checking and some finish chips on the body perimeter, exposing the dark gray primer coat. There are a couple finish scratches on the back and a small spot of faint buckle rash at the treble side waist. The neck is finished in black nitro lacquer, with light palm wear through the gloss on the shoulders behind frets 1-5, and just a few inconsequential marks on the profile length.
A '60s Fender Mustang case with a gray textured exterior is included. The case features black leather ends, the original handle, and functional outer latches.