Fender Duo Sonic pre 1959 .. Price?

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  1. Lobomov

    Lobomov Friend of Leo's

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    I just listened to Jim Campilongo's glowing review of old pre 1959 duo sonics (Fretboard Journal Podcast), where he threw out a price of 2k?



    Google isn't to kinds to me, but I can't really recreate his 2k .. Actually I can't find a lot of examples of old Duo Sonics tbh.


    Do you guys have an idea what selling price is for those guitars?
     
  2. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I’ve been out of the vintage guitar scene for quite a while now, but $2K seems reasonable to me.
     
  3. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Afflicted

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    Usual vintage dealer price for a good condition anodised guard DS is $2200-3000, with a few silly billies trying to get more for them. From private sellers finding one for $1500 isn't impossible.

    There are loads of player grade Duos or there if you're on a budget. You should be able to find a body only refin for $1200-1800, and they can go below $1000 with enough changes. Don't rule out Musicmasters either: they're two thirds the price of a DS and the bridge pickup on a vintage DS is really shrill sounding - the neck pickup is plenty bright enough to survive on just the one pickup.

    My DS journey was a funny one, I bought a wreck of a guitar on a bit of a whim - no electronics and a refinned body that thought it was a '58 for about £400 - about ten years ago, realised the body was off a later guitar, bought a earlier (original finish) body for the '58 neck and a later neck and pickguard for the first body and ended up with two guitars for a total spend of about £1000. They're a lot of fun - I keep them in weird tunings and they come in handy for recording quite a bit.

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    2020 Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide:

    1956-1960 Desert Sand $2200 - $2800
    1959 Maple Neck $2200 - $2800
     
  5. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Wow, that's more than I'd ever pay for one of those, short scale and they were the Fender entry level guitars. They are cool but not $2K cool.
    I got one at a pawn shop years ago for $80, parted it out and made around $1K and I though that was crazy $.
     
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