Fender / Duosonic / 1958 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale

This is an interesting piece. It was sold to us by a well known International dealer as a factory refin and it could well be, however there are a few little oddities...

The colour, hue, paint and method of spraying is bang on for a factory finish circa late 1964 or 1965/6 however the headstock face has also been bursted which is unusual to say the least but looks very nice, especially over the ferrules!

There are no numbers like you would normally expect see on a more expensive Fender guitar during a factory refin but the style of the refin is without a doubt late 64-66 factory Fender so our hypothesis is this may have been some kind of employee project. Whatever the origins of the finish is, it is very old and blacklights like an original and is a super cool looking guitar to say the least.

From the very  beginning, Leo had seen student models as a way to keep his instruments in players’ hands as they progressed. Released in June of 1956, the Duo Sonic went through a few changes alongside its stable mates and found favour with players as diverse as John McLaughlin, David Byrne, Patti Smith and of course Jimi Hendrix when he was backing the Isley Brothers.

This guitar is in nice condition. The three tone sunburst is almost entirely free of any damage. There are a few knocks and scuffs but nothing too substantial. 

The neck too has been refinished at the same time. Interestingly the tuner ferrules have been painted over. The new decal looks correct under black light, matching the finish. The fretboard and frets are in fantastic shape, the neck date reads December 1958.

The plastics must have been changed when the guitar was refinished for what would have been the currently available items. They're in good condition. The hardware hardly shows the passing of time.

Electrically everything is correct. Pots are dated week 25 of 1958.

The guitar comes with its correct hardshell case.

Even though this is a short scale guitar (22.5”) and aimed at students, there is no doubt that these are well made instruments . The neck feels comfortable and easy to play, the no-frills nature of the electronics yields a classy tone. This guitar certainly punches above its weight.

Definitely a one off, this surely is a must have for any collection. Grab it before it gets away…

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

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All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

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We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
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