Basically the same guitar as a Mustang, except with a hardtail instead of a vibrato bridge, the Duo-Sonic features include a 24” scale, 22 frets, and, in this instance, a beautiful Brazilian rosewood fingerboard.
The vibrant red finish has some lacquer checking, but only a few dings. The frets still have plenty of life remaining, and all of the switches and pots work flawlessly. The neck profile appears to be slightly larger than some of the other vintage Duo-Sonics we have encountered, and is very comfortable.
Although we’re fortunate enough to live in a Golden Age of stompboxes and feature-enhanced amps, sometimes tonal Nirvana can only be achieved by pairing a Duo-Sonic with a Fender Champ (particularly late at night, when everyone else in the house is asleep, and you’re working diligently to master every nuance of SRV’s version of “Pipeline”—and yes, we speak from experience).
Ships in its original grey case, which suffers from a non-functional middle latch, but is otherwise solid.