Help IDing A Guitar

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by bdam123, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. bdam123

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    Went over a female friend's house to help her shoot a music video and she had this thing sitting in her living room. She doesn't play guitar so I asked her how she got it. She told me that it belonged to the landlord and that she just left it there. Its in really bad shape. I didn't get a chance to plug it in so I dunno what it sounds like. When is it from and how much is this thing worth. I want to contact the landlord and buy it off her.

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  2. iainmc

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    not a fender - its some form of copy from Asia in the 60s. not sure what its a copy as its not like any real fender.

    /i
     
  3. JimR56

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    Nothing like a Duo Sonic?
     
  4. Cream

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    Looks like a Fender Bronco to me.

    EDIT: Damnit, he's right, Duo-Sonic.
     
  5. bdam123

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    Haha yea I was under the assumption we all knew this was a Duo-Sonic. I really just wanted to know the era and the worth.

    I found a site that has Fender serials and according to the site this thing is from 1960.

    Anyone wanna take a go at the worth?
     
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    There's something very fishy to me about the pointy lower horn. The pickguard is also the wrong shape, and that color..... Looks interesting.....

    I could be wrong, but it looks like a HEAVILY modified '60 Duo, probably worth around $500 if I'm right about the stuff I saw. I'll have to look later on at the big screen.

    More importantly, how does it play? I never got along with those really short scale Duo Sonics, by one of my favorite guitars is a '66 that I spent a lot of time on. It needed re-re-finishing, re-fret, nut, new pickups. It's a pretty sweet guitar now.
     
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    The 2 reasons I say its not real:

    1) shape wrong - lower horn is way more pointy than the one duo I have played around with.
    2) serial number at the bottom of the neck plate (it should be at the top)

    happy to be wrong as I am hardly a duo sonic expert..

    /i
     
  8. 27sauce

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    Looks like a post '65 Duo Sonic. I'd agree with $500ish. With that logo, it should have a date stamp on the but of the neck heel.
     
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    Doesn't look to me like it's in bad shape, but pics on a monitor often hide stuff. Have you measured the scale? Regardless, I'd hit it for a bill. But testically it's a free guitar. The landlord relinquished ownership when she left it in a unit she rented.
    I do agree with doing the right thing and making a legitimate offer though.
     
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    It is a Duo-Sonic refin. I had one for years. The scale is really small. I never really like mine.
     
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    I checked a few pictures of 60's Duos and I can't see too much of a difference in terms of shape.

    I guess it could be a refinish. $500 isn't a bad price so I might make that offer.

    Thanks for the opinions everyone.
     
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    bdam, I would recommend calling fender direct. I had a question on the validation of a early custom shop model. I went thru forums and some said it was real, some said fake, some said wrong year, some said collaboration of parts, etc. So I just went on fender's site and called directly. I emailed pics of the guitar to the rep and with 2 weeks or so he got back to me, with the information I was hoping for that it was in fact real.

    Best of Luck
     
  13. treeofpain

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    Looks like a refinished 1960 Duosonic with some replaced parts.
     
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    :agree1959 to 1960...some Fender s/n plates during this period had 'bottom' numbers.

    BTW...that thing would be a great score for 500. Interesting that it has a 1965 - 1968ish logo. Body looks right and the refin looks nice
     
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    Right, that logo threw me off.
     

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