1964 Fender Duo Sonic - Legit??

tfunster

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This (alleged) '64 Duo Sonic is selling for $150 locally. Despite the refin and tape on the body, it seems too good to be true. Are there any experts here that can look at the pics and let me know if there are any red flags.

Also, if I go check out the guitar, is there anything I should specifically look for so I can determine it's real and not a knockoff?





 

Woody Duke

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The body is Mustang, not Duo-Sonic; the DS has no slide switches or metal plate under the knobs. Most DS's have a short-scale neck as well. (I played one in our local Up With People group back in the '60s. Got kicked out for long hair.)
 

27sauce

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The body is Mustang, not Duo-Sonic; the DS has no slide switches or metal plate under the knobs. Most DS's have a short-scale neck as well. (I played one in our local Up With People group back in the '60s. Got kicked out for long hair.)
They did beginning in '64
 

analogsystem

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Looks like an "A" width neck and maybe even the super short 22" scale.
If it was the 24" scale "B" width neck, it be a much better player for most of us.

I think the body is correct as that's the correct fixed bridge.
 

tfunster

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The body is Mustang, not Duo-Sonic; the DS has no slide switches or metal plate under the knobs. Most DS's have a short-scale neck as well. (I played one in our local Up With People group back in the '60s. Got kicked out for long hair.)
Does the headstock/decal look vintage Fender to you?
 

27sauce

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Yes, its correct, 1964 Duo Sonic. Go get it, but like was said before, looks to be the short scale, really narrow nut variant, so beware.
 

Bobby D

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looks legit to me. if you can snag it cheap, DO IT. if you don't like it, Tomo Fujita sure loves them, and i am sure he would give it a good home :banana
 

joeybsyc

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its legit. Check my website in my signature, I love these little guys. The 22 fretters are better, (longer scale) but for 150 its still a no brainer. Probably long gone.
 

tfunster

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Well, I emailed the seller a couple of hours ago but didn't get a response. Probably sold in the first 10 minutes.
 

Woody Duke

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They did beginning in '64
Hey sauce, thanks for the info. I didn't know that. My cohort in the Up with People band had a Mustang and I always wished my DS could sound that good - maybe it wasn't the switches...? Ah, what wonderful memories of great music.
 




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