Fender Duo Sonic pre 1959 .. Price?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Lobomov, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Lobomov

    Lobomov Friend of Leo's

    Jul 15, 2013
    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

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    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

    Jul 13, 2014
    Manchester, UK
    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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  4. brokenbones

    brokenbones Tele-Holic

    Mar 15, 2012
    2020 Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide:

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

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    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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