The offset Fender design has been iterated many different ways in the history of the company, and the Duo Sonic was an early example of this iconic shape. This particular one is a very clean, if modified example.
The body of this instrument has been stripped and refinished in natural wood, but the job was well done. The stock tuners have been swapped for gold Grovers, and the rest of the hardware – minus the original bridge – is also gold, including the mirror pickguard. The electronics were swapped out for higher-output DiMarzio pickups, which make for a warm-yet-glassy tone.
The neck on this Duo sports a rosewood fingerboard and a 24″ scale length, making it excellent for a player with smaller hands. The original nut was swapped for a brass one, adding to the motif of the color palate as well as evening out the tone from nut-to-fret. Control-wise there is a pickup selector, volume and tone switch.
While not an original instrument, all in all his is a great old Fender that you won’t feel bad about gigging with, though you may want to leave the original case at home (which is included!).