Fender / Duosonic / 1964 / Translucent Red / Guitar For Sale

A 1964 Fender Duo Sonic anyone? And not just any old 1964 Duo-sonic. This is the rarest Duosonic out there from this period and is a mahogany body, translucent red variant. All original too.

From the beginnings of the company, Leo had seen that student models were 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 used but cool and original condition. The cherry finish is in fact the top colour from candy apple red without the metallic undercoat. This, combined with the rare mahogany body makes for quite a combination. Fender’s history regarding alternative body woods is vague to say the least but there is no doubt that during this period they were experimenting with mahogany and korina, in all probability due to Leo Fender having access to some cheap stock.

The finish is quite beaten up but the colour is still vivid.

The neck (made of a lovely piece of birdseye maple), fretboard and frets are in great shape with the finish having worn into a comfortable surface. The neck date reads as April 63.

The plastics and hardware show the passing of time but have not been abused.

Electrically everything looks correct. Interestingly the pot dates are week 50 1963 with the pickup stamps reading April 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.

A great guitar with so much potential, this is a must have for any collection. Grab this one 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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