Fender / Duosonic / 1964 / Olympic White / Guitar For Sale

A 1964 Fender Duo Sonic anyone?

From the beginnings of the company, Leo had seen that student models where 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 and Patti Smith.

This guitar is in stunning condition. The olympic white finish is almost entirely free of any damage, a little fade but retaining its glossy coat. The neck, fretboard and frets are inequality fantastic shape with the gloss finish of the lacquer really showcasing the maple of the neck. The neck date reads as Oct 63.

The plastics and hardware hardly show the passing of time and the combination of tortoiseshell pick guard and white pickup covers gives this instrument a touch of class. The bottom E tuner is a reproduction as the original (included in the case) had worn out on no longer functioned. 

As you’d expect, the electronics are all correct, all solder joints undisturbed. The pots are dated week 3 of 1964.

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.

This guitar is notable as it would have been one of the last few to leave the factory in the original shape before they were redesigned in 1964. These guitars certainly have a unique appeal all of their own and all guitar players should try one ant least once. Grab this oner before it gets away.

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

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.

Payment and p/x:

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.

Postage and shipping:

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
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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