Musicmaster/Duo-Sonic Gallery

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Original design (1956-1959)


A Duo-Sonic flanked by two Musicmasters, all in Desert Sand. (c/o T. Pershing)

     Conceived in late 1955, the Musicmaster (one pickup) and Duo-Sonic (two pickups) were Fender's entry-level student model guitars. The first Musicmaster appeared in spring 1956, with the Duo-Sonic making its debut a few months later. Both guitars featured a 22.5" scale length and an understated double-cutaway slab body. Like many other Fender models from this time period, they are distinguished by their one-piece maple necks and gold anodized aluminum pickguards. The lone finish offered during this period was called Desert Sand.
ADDED 4/05: front and back scans of repro 1957 Fender dealer information sheets for the Duo-Sonic (also shown on pages 232-233 of Fender: The Inside Story by Forrest White)



 

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