Fender Duo-Sonic – U.S.A. – 1956


Electric Solid Body Double cutaway guitar


Ash body, alder or basswood body, maple neck

Maple fretboard

Two single-coil pickups


The original Duo-Sonic was marketed in 1956 as a beginner guitar. This practical model initially cost $ 149.50 and was characterized by the durable quality that made the Telecaster and Stratocaster a success. The guitar had a maple neck and fretboard and single-coil pickups, which could be selected individually or together as a humbucker.
A number of features did take the costs into account more: a shorter neck and a non-adjustable bridge without a tremolo. The pickup switch consisted of a simple switch instead of Fender’s usual ‘blade’ system. Duo-Sonic was furthermore only available in a light beige ‘Desert Sand’ finish with a matching gold-colored pickguard.
Four years later, Fender renewed the Duo-Sonic until this model had actually become a Mustang without vibrato. In 1969 the model was taken out of production because the majority of buyers preferred the Mustang because of its tremolo system.

Last updated on 12 May 2020
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