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Fender Duo-Sonic 1965 Daphne Blue

Fender Duo-Sonic 1965 Daphne Blue

Regular price $2,800.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $2,800.00 USD
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TL:DR One owner. 100% original w/OHSC. One of the first to be made with 64' pots, early 2-2-65' grey bobbins and clay fret markers. The only thing thats been changed are the frets. This piece was bought brand new at Arthurs Music Store in Indianapolis, Indiana and stayed local its entire life by the same owner. 

I am pleased to be listing this Super early 1965 Fender Duo Sonic II in a vibrant Daphne Blue finish. The Duo Sonic II is the third iteration of the original Duo-Sonic that came out in 56' and shares alot of similarities with the popular Fender Mustang and music master. These guitars were offered in 22.5" scale length (21 frets) as well as 24" scale length (22 frets) and this one is the more sought after 24" version and lends itself a definitely unique sound and feel. This piece is made out of a really lightweight and resonant slab of Alder beautifully finished in a gorgeous Dupont Duco Daphne Blue lacquer which was adopted by fender from the original daphne blue Cadillac. The finish exhibits the most perfect vertical lacquer checking that is quite subtle but adds alot of character and maturity. Sitting atop the vibrant alder body is a pearloid ABS plastic pickgaurd that houses all the original electronics that came this piece came with. Two original grey bobbin 65' pickups and stackpole pots that date to the 40th week of 1964.  Next the neck, which is straight as an arrow, exhibits virtually no wear and tear and has been perfectly preserved over time. Its got the original nitrocellulose lacquer lathered on a dead straight quarter sawn 1pc maple neck milled below a round lam east indian rosewood fretboard which is dark and delicious. Interestingly, The neck dates to December 1964 and is consistent with the pearloid dots that fender began to switch over too. However the fret markers are slightly browner and made of vulcanized fiberboard, also known as clay dots! (a pre cbs feature which was still seen on some 65's. The neck has a perfect 60's C shape that just has slightly more shoulder than an Oval "C" yet still feels slim and erganomic. Coupled with the A stamped neck which means its got a 1 1/2" nut width, its definitely meant for smaller hands but can easily be used by larger handed folk who want to completely "tame" the neck. Not to mention this fretboard has recieved an awesome refret with slightly taller and wider vintage wire. (~0.032") The playability is really of the charts especially after the gilded treatment, with action as low as 3/64" across the board and absolutely no choking out on the higher frets. The frets are completely straight and the rod has very little relief. 

Aside from playability, this piece is as animated as it looks, fun and slinky with a real unique sound. The old slab of alder has dehydrated over time and makes for an extremely resonant and sustained sound. The maple neck gives it that clarity and snap while the rosewood gives it more of a midrange boost. The vintage grey bobbin pickups single coils are extremely warm and woody. They have a very unique feel to them and you can hear the different properties of the alnico magnets that are not heard today. Its got a real warm and balanced sound with lots of warm and open low end with a clear and bell like treble. The scooped mid range gives it that familiar strat sound but the articulation of each note is different. Theres this round thump that starts each note off which is sonically unique, the attack has almost a different shape to it and its hard to explain but sounds almost sounds a little thinner than a strat sound and more quaky with a rounder warmer low end. This also has alot to do with the 24" scale length which provides different harmonic overtones as well as string tension. Ultimately this piece has an extremely unique feel and sound that is not accessible in the modern day. Theres a reason these models are going up in price, especially sought after colors like this piece. Its a real joy to play and have and represents the history of american made guitars in alot of ways. Thank you for looking

This piece has been fully setup with our "Gilded Treatment." This means instrument has been fully inspected, professionally photographed and documented along will a full deep cleaning of any residual grime and dust, pots are cleaned of debris and sprayed with contact cleaner to add a layer of cleaning and protection. Its amazing how clean pots and contacts bring so much tone back. Polished frets to allow you to "glide" over the fretboard. Dialed Nut Height with optimal slots and contact points with lubrication. Action and intonation is dead on and neck relief is perfect. The neck has absolutely no warps or humps and the truss rod turns perfectly with tons of room to turn for seasonal changes. Thank you for looking
 You'll be shocked to find how good our pro setup is! A 100$ value free! big bends fretting out is a thing of the past, find out for yourself!

Condition: 100% original with all original parts except an awesome refret with very little evidence of it. The body exhibits some wear with a one scratch on top and a couple around the sides all pictured. There is also a red scrape on the edge and has some. very tiny dots of red around the top right of the guitar as if someone spilled a can of red paint 10 ft away and a couple molecules landed on the pickguard, its really hard to see. Its a guitar that you can tell has been owned by the same owner and has been through life with them. But the Neck is perfectly preserved and most of the body is extremely clean with awesome vertical checking.

Electronics: No scratchy pots, switches work 100% perfectly which is saying alot for these old switches which always seem to be problematic. All original electronics!

Fender Duo-Sonic II 1965 Daphne blue

Serial: L53410

Weight:  7 lb 3.4 oz
Series: Duo-Sonic II 
Body: Alder
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose
Neck: Round lam Rosewood Fretboard on a one piece quarter sawn Maple neck, 60's "C" Shape  0.77" at 1st, 0.96" at 12th
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose
Fretboard: 7.5-inch radius, Slab rosewood
Frets: 21, refretted with vintage narrow frets (~0.32 height)
Position Inlays: Pearloid inlays with clay dot fret markers
Nut (Material/Width): 1 1/2" (actually measures 1.51")
Tuning Machines:  
Original fender double line Kluson Tuners
Scale Length: 24"
Bridge: Original Duo-Sonic Tri-saddle Fixed bridge.
Pickguard: original 3-ply celluloid (ABS plastic) white 11 holes
Pickups: Original Grey bobbin 84' pickups, (neck 5.64k)(bridge 5.46k)
Pickup Switching: 2 3-way switch (neck, bridge, neck & bridge, neck & bridge Out Of Phase)
Controls: Volume 1, (Master) Tone 1(Master)
Control Knobs: Original Fender Offset black pointer skirted knobs
Hardware Finish: Mixed
Case/Gig Bag: Original grey Duo-Sonic case w/ orange interior  Arthurs Music store in 1965.


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