Electric Solid Body Double cutaway guitar
Ash body, alder or basswood body, maple neck
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.