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FACTOIDS & TRIVIA

In 1964 the Duo-Sonic models were redesigned.  Early examples, like this one, did not have the Roman numeral "II" designation on the headstock.  The Duo-Sonic II was available with same 22-1/2 inch scale length as its predecessors as well as a 24 inch scale.  The short scale versions also had a narrow (1 1/2 inch) nut width compared to the standard (1 5/8 inch) nut width of the long scale version.  The short scale version was more commonly made in 1964 and 1965.  Later, the Duo-Sonic II was most commonly fitted with the longer scale neck.  Because of the 22 1/2 inch scale and narrow neck, many guitarists (especially those with large hands) find the short scale Duo-Sonic IIs difficult to play.

FENDER DUO-SONIC II (October 1964)


Body:  Solid, alder

Finish:  Dakota Red, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  1-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard:  Brazilian rosewood; "clay" dot markers

Number of Frets:  20

Pickguard:  White/black/white plastic laminate

Bridge:  Fender steel, chrome

Nut:  Plastic

Tuners:  Kluson Deluxe, enclosed, nickel

Pickups:  Two, Fender single coil

Controls:  Master tone, master volume, two 3-way pick-up selectors

Scale Length:  22 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  12 inches

Body Depth:  1 1/2 inches

Weight:  6.5 lb.











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