Fender Duo Sonic

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About the Fender Duo Sonic

The Fender Duo Sonic is part of the Fender Offset series and is very similar to the Mustang, differing only in slight changes to the body & headstock shape and pickup placement. One additional option with the new Offset Duo Sonic is the possibility of having a bridge humbucker model for some very grunge-friendly tones.

Originally released as a students' electric guitar, the short scale (24", though some originally were 22.5") makes the Duo Sonic particularly easy to play and enjoy. A collection of beautiful finishes that includes Canary Diamond and Torino Red make these very attractive propositions for players of Indie, Rock, Post Rock and Grunge genres.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fender Duo Sonic

Question: Is the Fender Duo Sonic only for students?
No, the quality of build and materials is high meaning professionals can use the Duo Sonic with full confidence! Their 'student' history is more to do with the shorter scale length and the lower, entry level price of original models back in the fifties. Fender wanted guitarists to begin on a low-priced Duo Sonic and then move on to a higher priced Stratocaster or Telecaster. Things are different these days and Duo Sonics are appreciated in their own right.
Question: What is the difference between the Duo Sonic and the Duo Sonic HS?
The Duo Sonic has two single coil pickups whereas the Duo Sonic HS has a humbucker at the bridge and a single coil pickup in the neck position. Each model has its own set of finishes available .
Question: What kind of guitarists play Fender Duo Sonics?
Guitarists who enjoy making iconoclastic 'anti-hero' statements with their playing are the types who tend to gravitate towards the Duo Sonic. Liz Phair and the Talking Heads' David Byrne are good examples of Duo Sonic players displaying this type of rebel attitude. It is interesting to note, however, that a certain James Marshall Hendrix used a Duo Sonic during his 1964 stint as a sideman to the Islay Brothers!