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Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard Capri Orange

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Since its debut in 1956, the Duo-Sonic has found its way into the hands of genre-defining artists, becoming an underground sensation that helped create alternative music in the dingy clubs of New York... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

Since its debut in 1956, the Duo-Sonic has found its way into the hands of genre-defining artists, becoming an underground sensation that helped create alternative music in the dingy clubs of New York City. A surprisingly hip guitar with upgraded contemporary features, this instrument features slick style and a unique sound that’s perfectly at home in modern music.

Almost infinitely flexible, the pair of Duo-Sonic single-coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions lends a unique character to for everything from bright, jangly arpeggios to heavy chords. Master volume and tone controls, along with a three-way pickup switch, shape the pickups’ voice to match the music. The 24” scale adds a bit of warmth and thickness to the guitar’s inherent tone, while granting a slinkier playing feel, making it easier to perform multi-step bends. Topped by a 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, the “C”-shaped maple neck is comfortable for all playing styles and ideal for players with smaller hands, or those who use extended chord forms. The six-saddle string-through-body hardtail Strat bridge increases sustain while the bent steel saddles add some zing to your tone, enhancing the upper harmonics to cut through a dense mix.

The downsized body is comfortable for smaller players or those who enjoy energetic stage performances. A gloss polyester finish protects the body while the neck bears a satin polyurethane finish for fast, easy playability. Aesthetic appointments, including the knurled flattop control knobs, cast/sealed tuning machines and a three-ply Mint Green pickguard, add a touch of classic Fender style to this updated design. The unsung hero of the alternative underground, the Duo-Sonic is perfect for players who desire a unique sound and visual style.

FEATURES

Body			
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: 1-piece Alder
Body finish: Gloss Polyester
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: C modern
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 24 in.
Truss rod: Yes
Neck finish: Satin polyurethane
Fretboard
Material: Maple
Radius: 9.5 in.
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.65 in. (42 mm)
Pickups
Configuration: SS
Neck: Duo-Sonic Single-coil
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: Duo-Sonic Single-coil
Brand: Fender
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: Not applicable
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, tone
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: 6-saddle string through body Strat hardtail with bent steel saddles
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Fender standard cast/sealed
Color: Nickel/chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Not applicable
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: Mexico
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FenderDuo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

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    (1)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

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Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

long-time rock and roll queen on short scale Duo Sonic

I ordered this guitar sight unseen based on the look of it and the demo videos. Happily reporting that my first 2 weeks with this guitar were amazing.

I went directly into...Read complete review

I ordered this guitar sight unseen based on the look of it and the demo videos. Happily reporting that my first 2 weeks with this guitar were amazing.

I went directly into the studio with my new Duo Sonic to record a new single. The producer plugged my Fender Duo Sonic (in Capri color) into a VOX AC-30, and boy the tone was perfect coming out of that epic tube amp. The maple neck is so buttery brand new that I was accidentally bending the strings a little during our session = alternative style points.

I love this guitar, and recommend it to anyone that doesn't want to fuss with something too expensive, but wants a cool, good looking guitar that delivers super clean tones.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Happy!

I bought this guitar at Guitar Center and was not happy with the following:
1) Frets dressing was terrible. Felt like they just cut them off the neck and did nothing...Read complete review

I bought this guitar at Guitar Center and was not happy with the following:
1) Frets dressing was terrible. Felt like they just cut them off the neck and did nothing more.
2) Getting static from the pick guard where my fingers rub.
3) Setup was way off.
4) Tuners do not stay in tune.
5) Love the pickups.
I thought since this was made in Mexico it would be a great guitar! Not so! I will have to fix the frets, set it up, cover the pickup cavity with copper or paint and replace the tuners!!!!!

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Guitar, Incredible Value. Glad I purchased it!

By Cody McTavish

from simi valley ca

Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

GC in Oxnard had a Capri Orange Duo Sonic in stock I so went down there to check it out. I was always longing for an orange Fender and now was my chance. The guitar it turns out, was still in the back and had not yet been unpacked . When the sales guy opened the box I was immediately blown away by the flawless orange paint. Gorgeous! Upon plugging into a Vox AC4 I immediately noticed how smooth and fast the maple neck felt. Much higher quality then a guitar of this price. The satin back finish on the neck felt great in my hands and the frets were smooth and polished, no sharp edges. I love 24 inch scale guitars and the neck on the Duo Sonic feels just as good as my AV 65 Jaguar.

Pickups are fantastic! Vintage output but they have a lot of Fender single coil chime. Snappy and punchy, these single coil pups are in category of their own. Almost as much twang as a tele pup but many strat type tones can be achieved as well. Yet the pickups have their own unique tone. Playing clean with moderate reverb, these pups sparkle with clarity. The bridge pup is twangy bright, perfect for country tones. The neck pup is spanky was some warmth added, good for blues. The middle setting, neck and bridge combined sound fantastic, good for chunky chords. I plan to use it for surf music, blue, classic rock. This guitar does not disappoint!! Pickups blew me away, far better than I was expecting. I'd buy another one for sure

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

long-time rock and roll queen on short scale Duo Sonic

By Mandy Offset

from Jacksonville, FL

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • excellent playability
  • modern hardware
  • simple controls
  • the way it looks/ color

Cons

  • accidentally bend strings while playing

Best Uses

  • performance
  • recording
  • writing songs

Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

I ordered this guitar sight unseen based on the look of it and the demo videos. Happily reporting that my first 2 weeks with this guitar were amazing.

I went directly into the studio with my new Duo Sonic to record a new single. The producer plugged my Fender Duo Sonic (in Capri color) into a VOX AC-30, and boy the tone was perfect coming out of that epic tube amp. The maple neck is so buttery brand new that I was accidentally bending the strings a little during our session = alternative style points.

I love this guitar, and recommend it to anyone that doesn't want to fuss with something too expensive, but wants a cool, good looking guitar that delivers super clean tones.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Short Scale Guitar Day

By OttoMatick

from Seattle, WA

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mod it!
      • Play it!

      Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

      Celebrate National Short Scale guitar day by getting a 24 inch scale Fender offset Duo Sonic. I did and couldn't be happier! I was attracted to this because of color and scale length. These are fun to play for me not having to reach so much. Excellent having around for the grand kids and other children with short arms and small hands who want to play. I swapped pickups for SD Hotrails in neck and JB In bridge. Plays as good as any 25.5 inch scale Fender. MIM, excellent all the way around. I call mine Pumpkin Head.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      the Duo-Sonic is a grate Guitar it just dosent fit me...

      By Rambler Ray

      from Hammond, Indiana

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

      The Duo-Sonic is a different type of playing Guitar on the fret's... the Duo-Sonic does play...feel...and handle's different totally then my Telecaster and/or Stratocaster, it's some what of a smaller guitar then I'm use to....the Guitar is well built...play's good.... sound's good.... the color..Capri Orange..... Fantastic..... I would suggest not to purchase this guitar until you go to guitar center and check it out.... it's the type of guitar that you the player need's to ensure that the Duo-Sonic fit's you and you'll be happy with it... I purchased my Duo-Sonic on line I didn't go to guitar center and check it out prior to the purchase... had I checked it out in person prior to the purchase I wouldn't have purchased the guitar... it just doesn't fit me...

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Playing and great sounding Guitar

      By showtime Dave

      from Sarasota Florida

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

      Absolutely beautiful Orange Guitar like an orange sherbert plays great easy bending with shorter scale neck. it can pick up buzz but middle position kills the noise. Reminds me of the spanky sound from a Strat and twang of a tele. it did require some setup as I changed to 9's. The bottom line: great guitar for great price.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Just the right fit at a fraction of pro-prices

      By Alt-Craig

      from Kent, OH

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

        This guitar is exactly what I wanted in an electric. The playability is smooth and it gives me that jangly sound, when paired with a decent tube amp. It is perfect for emulating some of my guitar heroes but without investing in the level of gear they use. Plus, it's orange!

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Offspring of a Strat and a Tele

        By CKelleher

        from Dallas,TX

        Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

        So I had the opportunity to pick one of these up in GC and play one. Had no idea what a Duo-Sonic was, never seen one before. But hey it had a Strat neck and that was good enough for me. Wow.. this thing is amazing! It's a short scale which feels a little odd but you quickly get used to it. The neck pickup sounds very Strat like if you roll the tone back a little and the bridge pickup is very reminiscent of a Tele. Using both creates a very beautiful and unique tone. I love the body, it feels really nice on your lap and the whole thing is very light. I really like the string through body with the hardtail bridge it really helps the sustain. The maple neck is great, glossy on the front but the back is a stain finish which helps you move very quickly. Plus what's not to love about the design?! It looks like the offspring of a Stratocaster and a Telecaster with some P-Bass sprinkled on top. Strat neck, string through body and knobs of a Tele and the pickguard comes down very similarly to a P-Bass. The colors it's offered in are very funky and cool as well. I have the Capri Orange one and it's very pretty, the mint green pickguard just completes the 56 vibe it's going for with the modernness of the bridge and whatnot. The quality is awesome just like everything else coming out of the Mexico factory. Pick one up if you can you won't be sorry. Very fun and cool guitar!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        I would definitely recommend this guitar and buy another one

        By John

        from undisclosed

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

        Happy I bought this model; easy to play, awesome neck, sounds great and looks beautiful (Aged white).

         
        3.0

        2nd one 1st. One had 2 cracks in body

        By Rob w

        from Nashville tn

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

        Guitar from Mexico I bought the white body with maple neck
        Plays great not much adjustment on action
        Volume knob set screw loose eazy fix

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not Happy!

        By Visegrip

        from Eureka, IL

        Pros

        • Love the Pickups

        Cons

        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

          I bought this guitar at Guitar Center and was not happy with the following:
          1) Frets dressing was terrible. Felt like they just cut them off the neck and did nothing more.
          2) Getting static from the pick guard where my fingers rub.
          3) Setup was way off.
          4) Tuners do not stay in tune.
          5) Love the pickups.
          I thought since this was made in Mexico it would be a great guitar! Not so! I will have to fix the frets, set it up, cover the pickup cavity with copper or paint and replace the tuners!!!!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It sounds great and it still needs setting up

          By Rob w

          from Nashville tn

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

          Sounds and plays like a fender

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I will buy another.

          By Wrench

          from Lancaster, Ca.

          Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

          I won a contest thru a local radio station and the prize was a "Fender Guitar", which today can mean anything. I had been fooling around at G/C with Jags and Jazzy's and the usual stuff, and played this one. I liked the maple neck better than the rosewood neck even though the rosewood had a hum-bucker in the tail. My first guitar was a Duo-Sonic back in the 60's (I've been around a while). So, I figured I would trade in whatever they sent and buy this one. The UPS driver finally showed up and dropped off the box. To my surprise it was this guitar with a RoadRunner case. Capri Orange looks great. Plays way better than my '65 ever did. I changed the strings and gigged that night.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy again

          By Rosemary

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

          On time and perfect thank you!!

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