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Squier Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic '50s Electric Guitar

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The Squier Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic '50s is an electric guitar that is dripping with coolness and classic Fender vibe. The Duo-Sonic guitar was originally conceived as a student-grade model designed to ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Squier Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic '50s is an electric guitar that is dripping with coolness and classic Fender vibe. The Duo-Sonic guitar was originally conceived as a student-grade model designed to capture the attention of 1950s youth caught up in the burgeoning rock 'n' roll craze. Collectors, performing musicians and Fender fanatics have since come to know the Duo-Sonic as an ultra-cool addition to the Fender line of Fine Electric Instruments.

Coming in Desert Sand over Basswood, this 21 fret gloss maple neck prize combines a comfortable 24" scale with the modern playability of a 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets. Equipped with a custom set of AlNiCo V single-coil pickups and three-way selector switch, the Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic produces bright, clear tones that are unmistakably Fender.

Classic Vibe!
Back in 1982, the very first Squier by Fender guitars and basses came ringing out of Asia. Known for their excellent vintage-quality look, feel, sound and construction, those early Squier instruments and their Fender branded counterparts are now highly sought-after collector's items revered by guitar enthusiasts as models of "getting it right" while aiming at value-conscious players. The Squier Classic Vibe Series reflects that simultaneous commitment to excellence, value and vibe. Mirroring classic Fender designs, the Classic Vibe offering is not intended to be era or vintage correct, but rather imparting the 'vibe' of a classic Fender design. Each with distinctive feature set combinations”all adding up to one classic looking instrument. Great sound, vintage looks, unbeatable value”Classic Vibe!


  • Body: Basswood
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 24" (610 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.65" (42 mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Vintage style tuning machines with white plastic buttons
  • Bridge: Vintage style, 3-saddle bridge
  • Pickguard: 3-ply Tortoise shell
  • Neck pickup: Custom Duo-Sonic pickup (AlNiCo V)
  • Bridge pickup: Custom Duo-Sonic pickup (AlNiCo V)
  • Pickup switching: 3-Position Toggle - Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Strings: (.009 - .042) Nickel Plated Steel
  • Unique Features: Desert Sand over basswood; 21-fret gloss maple neck; gold anodized pickguard; vintage style tuning machines with white plastic buttons; vintage style 3-saddle bridge; custom Duo-Sonic pickup set with AlNiCo V magnets.
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(40 of 46 customers found this review helpful)



By rocker321

from Bangkok, Thailand

I'm not one to brag about my Squires because i usually play American Fender and Gibson guitars... but this guitar is great! Sound: this guitar is great if you're looking for a clean high treble tone. Good for muted rhythms Ease of use: one volume one tone and a 3 way switch how much easier can it get with a guitar with 2 pickups? Smooth neck makes it a breeze to slide up and down 3 octave scales The light weight body makes it easy to take everywhere even on tour Price: great for what you're getting...its a total bargain

(10 of 32 customers found this review helpful)


Flippin' sweet!

By Kyle

from Atlanta, GA

I have the Fender version of this guitar, and if the Squier version is anywhere near the Fender one, this guitar is awesome! It is a smaller guitar, but it's a really incredible guitar! There are two pickups which you can use each individually, or you can use the 3-way switch and if you put the switch in the middle position, both pickups act as a humbucker. I play this guitar in a rock band and it has its own crunchy sound. Overall, I'd say GET THIS GUITAR!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Like It

By Fender Necker

from San Diego, CA

This guitar is awesome for a squier. First of all, it is a Vintage Vibe guitar, IT HAS A VINTAGE TONE ( for being a squier ) Even though it only has 2 single coil pickups, it can sound great! The pickups are good, I would keep the stock one. The bridge is nice ( it is vintage style ) The Maple neck is great ( I love the maple look ) BUT make sure you add some "fret juice" to it, because it was very sticky in the store ( making it hard to slide ) after the fret juice, I can slide up and down the neck easily!!!! GET THIS GUITAR if you play Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock (50's to 60's) Otherwise it might not fit your style!!

(4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Cool to look at, not to play.

By David

from North Chicago, IL

I played on of these at my local guitar store, because I thought it was right up my alley looks-wise and style-wise. But when I plugged it in and started playing, well, lets just say there's a reason that this model has been discontinued by Fender 3 times. It's just not a very good guitar. I tried it one five amps from four different manufacturers and always the sound was "tinny" and hollow, yet there was almost no high end. Try turning the treble on your amp's EQ to max, then Mids and Bass to zero, then throw a blanket over your amp. That's what this guitar sound like through a Blues Jr. Honestly, don't waste your money on this. Instead, try one of Squier much better offerings, and stay away from the Duo-Sonic.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Groovy Vibrations

By Strat Cat T

from Kansas City, MO

The original Duo-Sonic was a lower-end instrument designed to be affordable for students, and as such, it is appropriate that the Classic Vibe edition is a Squier--the entry end of the Fender spectrum. The original instruments are highly sought-after by collectors, and therefore it was this sandy tan and bronze-looking instrument that caught my eye--even among the more expensive Fenders up on the wall. The name "Squier" might put off some people, but the "by Fender" underneath that logo instills a little more confidence. Indeed, this is among the best-looking and best-built Squiers I've seen. The Duo-Sonic is very attractive and looks and feels solid. It sounds vintage Fender on a clean setting with nice bell-like tones; however, turn on some crunch and it's Strat-like and capable of much more. Switch gear is excellent and heavy-feeling--not flimsy or crooked like on some bargain guitars--including Squiers. The maple neck has a nice coat of lacquer and has a Strat-like feel to it. Admittedly, the action on the unit I tested was quite high and staying in tune was a little difficult. Also, the neck was a bit sticky-feeling. The Duo-Sonic needed some cleaning, breaking-in and the intonation set. But where the Duo-Sonic delivers big is the vintage looks. This guitar is along the same lines as the Danelectro Dead-On '67, a reissue that also is not intended to be exactly like the original, but rather deliver the same vintage vibe.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


What a Lovely surprise

By Bradley

from Savannah, GA

I never thought I'd be one to brag about a squier guitar, but I've proven myself wrong. I own a $3500 Gibson Custom and 2 Strats but my new Duo-sonic is the one guitar getting all of the play time. It truly is an amazing guitar right out of the box. However i have made a few alterations just to adjust it to my personal taste. I put a lace sensor hot gold in the neck position, and a seymour duncan hot rails in the bridge. My next step is to sand it down and repaint it royal blue with a white pick guard. And maybe one day down the road get a custom neck with a rosewood fingerboard, but too be honest I'm in no rush to change anything quite yet. Perhaps my favorite quality of this guitar is the neck's short scale, it perfect for huge bends and fast playing. In the end, if you've always wanted a duo-sonic but don't feel like shelling out the $2000 or $3000 for an original 1963 Fender. . . Then buy this guitar and have some fun, I promise you won't regret it.



By Sarah Cadena

from Corpus Christi, TX

This guitar is universal. It has a great ability to create very different sounds with just the pick-up switch. It has a great feel, and it's just overall, easy to play on. Great action on the neck and the tone is sharp and clean. It seems just as good as the Fender version, so buy this one and save your money! Great buy.


Quite Lovely

By Carter Drain

from Ozark, Ar

So, I was music shopping around for my little brothers birthday, and among the common Fenders and Squires, I found this guitar. I've always been a huge fan of the offset Fender bodystyles, and I knew I had to try this. I plugged into a Hot Rod deluxe and it didn't take me long to realize that I really like this guitar! First of all, I didn't expect the BEST tone because of the basswood body and previous Squires, but whenever I buy this guitar for myself, I probably will not change out the pickups because it sounds REALLY good! It has the awesome and toneful sound that you know the single coil Fenders for, but the simplicity and diversity of only two pickups, which I like. The guitar also has a very light weight to it so I know that it would be a guitar I could play for decades to come. And lastly, the guitar is beautiful! The color of the guitar goes so well with the metal pickguard. Everything about it's so great, that I have no idea what I can live with replacing to make this guitar my own. I'm going to buy one asap!

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