Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Duo Sonic II in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with the original hardshell case. Essentially a hardtail version of the Mustang made early in the second year of the Duo Sonic II's production, this Fender is a true Pre-CBS instrument with early features including single line Kluson Deluxe 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 4oz, the poplar body balances well on a strap too. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 11-49 strings and low action, this Duo Sonic II is an absolutely killer vintage Fender.
The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C profile carve at the nut with appreciable shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay, and the original frets are remarkably clean with their full factory height, showing only light uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings on until fret 5. The truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, and the guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the straight neck. The scale length is 24" (the longer of the two scale lengths offered on the Duo Sonic II), and the nut measures a slender 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 November, 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 50th week of '64, and hand-dated gray bobbin pickups marked 1-3-65. The original bridge is present along with the stock control plate, and the chrome hardware is positively gleaming in its presentation. Plastics include the vibrant wide bevel red tortoise pickguard and original pair of knobs and pickup covers.
The guitar retains its original nitro lacquer Olympic White finish which exhibits vertical lacquer checking across the body (more prominent on the back), and various small nicks and minor marks of wear on the body as a whole. There is some chipping through the gloss on the lower bout body edge and back of the bass-side body horn, while the neck retains its very smooth lightly ambered nitro gloss which shows just a hint of palm wear on the profile behind frets 1-5.
The original hardshell case is included with its gray speckled exterior, faux black leather ends, trio of functional latches, and the stock handle.