Along with the Musicmaster and the Duo-Sonic II, the Fender Duo-Sonic electric guitar was released as one of the brand's first student-level guitars. The Duo-Sonic, released in 1956, is notable for its small body and short scale length, and sports two pickups, unlike the single-pickup Musicmaster. Don't mistake the Duo-Sonic for the Duo-Sonic II -- the II is bigger, featuring a 24-inch scale length.

Product Specs

  • Duo-Sonic
  • Dakota Red
  • Desert Sand
  • Olympic White
  • Sunburst
  • 1956 - 1966
Made In
  • United States
Body Features
  • Offset
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Number of Strings
  • 6 String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed

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Reviews for the Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar
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  • 1961 Fender Duo Sonic

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    For those of us who can't afford a pre-CBS Tele or Strat, the Duo Sonic provides a very satisfying taste of the golden age of Fender guitars at a price that's a bargain for a pre-CBS Fender. You will find the same essential design principals in the body and neck construction, the same high quality …

  • 1950's Fender Duo Sonic

    This little axe is a very important part of electric guitar history in that Leo Fender created the first hum bucking pickup using the two single coil pickups wired with reverse polarities. Leo invented this smoking little axe in 1956. He used left over wood from Stratocaster production so it would …

  • 1964 Fender Duo- sonic

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  • 1957 Duo Sonic

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    I have a pre-CBS Telecaster & Stratocaster, as well as a single pick-up, single cutaway '59 Gibson Melody Maker, and the Duo Sonic stands up extremely well, especially in light of it's categorization as a student guitar. The shorter maple neck on this model is a little awkward at first but presents …