Musicmaster/Duo-Sonic Gallery

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About this site


     The Musicmaster/Duo-Sonic (Photo) Gallery began on October 10, 1997, shortly after I bought my red, heavily-modded late '50s Musicmaster. The strength of this website is arguably in its Fender parts/mods info, to help others breathe new life into worn old Musicmasters and Duo-Sonics, which probably reflects my own MM/DS guitars (none of which are even close to original stock condition). Although I certainly appreciate all-original/vintage examples (and if you have such a guitar, PLEASE don't modify it!), it is not my goal for this website to be the "ultimate" authority or the last word on vintage MM/DS guitars. Someone like Tim Pershing (who knows more about MM/DS guitars than almost anyone else, and who has owned many vintage examples) would do a much better job than myself for a true "vintage" MM/DS website.


The choice of students and professional musicians everywhere!
source: Fender ad copy, scanned from the April 14, 1960 issue of Down Beat

Site credits and thanks

     This site would not have been possible without the help of many people. Thanks especially go to Fender student model guru Tim Pershing, whose information and great photos were the backbone of this site, then and now. I also want to thank Greg Gagliano, Tim Clair, and everyone else who wrote in with pictures, comments, and questions. Special thanks to Vintage Guitar Info, Mr. Maxima, Bernardo Cocco, Jim Shine, Michael Jetton, Tomo Fujita, Mickey Melchiondo, and other Fender aficianados for their contributions. In addition, thanks go to the original photographers of all the eBay and photos, credited and uncredited, whose photos make up many of the galleries' images. If your photo(s) is (are) included but not credited, please let me know and I'll add a photo credit/link/etc. ASAP or remove photos on request. Finally, thanks to those ultimately responsible for the existence of these guitars: C. Leo Fender, Don Randall, Forrest White, and friends. 'Nuff said....

(unnecessary) disclaimer

     Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster, Jaguar, Mustang, Bronco, Cyclone, Tele, and Strat are all registered trademarks of the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. The author of this web page is NOT affiliated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (or any of the guitar shops/individuals whose products are listed, for that matter) in any way. This web page should NOT be construed as a solicitation to buy or an advertisement to sell or appraise anything. The original sources of these photos retain full copyright of them; I just like the guitars.