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1964 Fender Duo Sonic II Vintage Pre-CBS Offset Electric Guitar Dakota Red w/ Case, Mustang


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Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Duo Sonic II in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Essentially a hardtail version of the Mustang made in the first year of the Duo Sonic II's production, this Fender is an extremely early example of this model with all the essential Pre-CBS Fender features including clay dots, single line Kluson tuners and an L-prefix neck plate.

The guitar has a prominent acoustic voice that translates well through the original gray bobbin pickups with great jangle and clarity. Since the pickups are in essence flat pole Stratocaster pickups with covers concealing the pole pieces, the tones are surprisingly similar, although the Duo Sonic II has the added benefit of a pair of phase switches for a very cool hollow tone when both pickups are engaged and out of phase. Featherweight at 6lbs 6oz, the poplar body balances well on a strap too. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 10-46 strings and low action, this Duo Sonic II is an absolutely killer vintage Fender.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with notable shoulder and heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard features clay dot inlay, and the original slender frets show moderate, uniform wear beneath the strings on frets 1-2, with lighter wear extending beneath the plain strings until fret 6. The truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, and the guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the straight neck. The scale length is 22 1/2" (the shorter of the two scale lengths offered on the Duo Sonic II), and the nut measures 1 1/2" in width. On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines are intact, and the headstock face retains the original "Fender Duo Sonic II" decal. The October, 1964 date stamp is very bold and clean on the neck heel, and the neck pocket reveals the "paint stick" markings of the original nitro lacquer finish.

The electronics all work as intended with untouched solder joints, Stackpole pots which date to the 40th week of '64, and gray bobbin pickups. The original bridge is present along with the control plate, and the chrome plating has plenty of shine. Plastics include the white pearloid pickguard and pair of original knobs and pickup covers.

The guitar retains its original nitro lacquer Dakota Red gloss finish which exhibits various finish chips and dings on the body perimeter and to a somewhat lesser extent on the top and back, with two rectangular spots that were once taped over, so the finish is a bit darker from less UV exposure (on the back of the bass-side body horn, and treble-side lower bout). There is wear through the clear coat at the bass-side waist on the back, and vertical lacquer checking across the body. The neck retains its original finish, with a satin-esque feel from decades of contact with the palm. There are also some small shallow marks central to the carve that aren’t distracting while fretting.

A vintage black tolex hardshell case is included.