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Fender DuoSonic

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by PlainAllman, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. Mojohand40

    Mojohand40 Tele-Afflicted

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    I have too many guitars, and I already have a mustang... I don't need a duo-sonic ...I don't..

    Dang.

    I've been gassing for one for about 5 months now. I'm determined to resist.
     
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  2. loopfinding

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    I want something like that musicmaster! but wanting a desert sand body and rosewood board presents a problem of time and money modding the modern ones. i sort of hate short scales, so maybe the 24" would be better. i just think it would be a cool thing to have for copping the mclaughlin skronk, they have a great sound.
     
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  3. bsman

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    It's yours for $1400! ;)
     
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    Great guitars. Depends on the copy though. I have encountered an old one that played and sounded not that good. I also encountered an old Fender music master which is a duo sonic with just one pick up that sounded and played really bad. But I also encountered several old duo sonics that played and sounded realy good
     
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  5. Mojohand40

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    Recently I got a chance to play a vintage (I think 1970?) Mustang that had been restored. Compared to my new Vintera Mustang it was pretty bad. I think the newer Fender versions of the Mustang and Duo-Sonic are miles above the originals. Like the originals, but better.

    But; to be honest I'm only going by Mustangs, as I've played a few vintage ones; and I have a Vintera (Vintera way better playing, better fit and finish, better sounding than the vintage ones, IMO) But, I've never played a Duo-Sonic. I'm just guessing the newer ones are way better from what I've read of folks that have tried both.
     
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  7. Boreas

    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I like mine.

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  8. strat a various

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    Didn't Johnny Winter use a Mustang back in the 60s?
     
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    My wife, the bass player, had a mid 90s MIM Duo-Sonic in Torino Red for a few years. Really well made and lots of fun to play. The scale was just too short for me, otherwise I would have begged her to keep it.
     
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    Probably WAY too short for her!
     
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    An old thread, it would appear.

    I have since acquired a used 2016 MIM Duo Sonic in a lovely shade of Capri Orange.

    Previous owner dropped a Kent Armstrong® Chaos Series Dual Blades Humbucker Pickup into the bridge position.
    A really great and versatile guitar.

    It's a keeper.
    Even though it's got a mint pick guard.
    I'm not fond of the mint.
    But it's what came stock on it, so I have learned to enjoy it.

    Below is what it probably looked like brand new, and also how she appears in my music room.

    :)

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  12. Brian Krashpad

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    I have a '60. It was covered in housepaint when I bought it circa 1979. My Da stripped it for me. I believe it's just finished with lemon oil now.

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    I played on at music go round about a month ago. It was nice looking. Orange with the solid white pickup covers and white pickguard. (Just like Sparky2's) What struck me was that it played particularly nice and I didn't notice that it was a shorter scale. On contrast is I remember playing a Mustang in the 90's thinking it was all awkard feeling. So... not sure where the difference was but this one felt nice. I wasn't playing it through an amp though.

    It was a mexican.
     
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    Apparently folks around here don't wanna work for their dinner lol. I have an unfinished project Duo I've had for sale for months. The hardware is vintage tuners and bridge but the pickups are rail humbuckers, a bridge and middle. Neck needs carved and body repainted, the crap wrinkled and never laid right. I have everything but a pickguard blank, needed it for something else

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    Sorry for the rosewood crowd but an all maple neck. As a builder you just get tired of some things lol. My son already bought the Bass VI, apparently had his eyes on it for awhile. I enjoyed seeing the guitars, very nice guys

    Dave
     
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  15. strat a various

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    I don't get that. If you play up above the 2nd fret on a 25.5 scale, the frets are the same distance apart as a short scale. So ... the cowboy chords were crowded?
     
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    How about 4 frets with a capo
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    It is not the cowboy frets that were the problem. Fretting the 18th was the issue. Crazy small.
     
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    So that's high Bb, hitting it with your 4th finger? Or playing in that position reaching up to fret 21 ... cramped, but ... man, how often do you play up there? Often, I guess. Different strokes for different folks.
    Keep on keepin' on.
     
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    Could you explain this to me? That makes it sound like the 1-1/2" is all cut off of the first fret...... I'm a little slow sometimes so I'm trying to wrap my head around what you're saying.
     
  20. strat a various

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    Hold a short scale guitar up next to a 25.5 scale guitar. Capo the first or second fret of the longer scale neck, the frets remaining are pretty close to the scale of the short instrument.
     
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