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Fender Duo-Sonic HS Electric Guitar, Black

A vintage-spec humbucker in the bridge makes this Duo-Sonic something special. The shorter 24" scale makes bends a breeze and is perfect for smaller players. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Features: What it does for you:
Alder body Light weight with a wide tonal range
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Fender Duo-Sonic pickups Crisp, distinct character; creates jangly tones
Strings-thru-body hardtail bridge Strings seated in body; more resonance and control

Fender Duo-Sonic HS Electric Guitar

A modernized version of a student-turned-classic instrument originally released in 1956, the Duo-Sonic HS model's compact form belies its giant-sized sound. It's the ideal companion for adventurous players who aren't afraid to buck the norm and shatter expectations.

Patrick Droney shows off the new Fender Duo-Sonic HS:


The Duo-Sonic HS new pickups let the true voice of the instrument shine. The single-coil Duo-Sonic neck pickup is joined by a vintage-spec humbucking bridge pickup for flexible tone that can match any playing style imaginable. The push/pull tone pot switches to single coil operation on the humbucking bridge pickup, unlocking a variety of tones that can be shaped via the master volume and tone controls to find just the right sound. The 24" scale adds a bit of warmth and thickness to the guitar's inherent tone, while granting a slinkier playing feel, making it easier to perform multi-step bends. Topped by a 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, the "C"-shaped maple neck is comfortable for all playing styles and ideal for players with smaller hands, or those who use extended chord forms. The six-saddle string- through-body hardtail Strat bridge increases sustain while the bent steel saddles add some zing to your tone, enhancing the upper harmonics to cut through a dense mix.

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The smaller body is ideal for smaller players or for energetic stage performances. A gloss polyester finish protects the body while the neck bears a satin polyurethane finish for fast, easy playability. The aesthetic appointments, including the knurled flat-top control knobs, cast/sealed tuning machines and a three-ply Mint Green pickguard, add a touch of classic Fender style to this updated and modernized design. A new take on a classic guitar that's flown under most player's radars, the Duo-Sonic HS is ready and rarin' to go with surprisingly giant sound.

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Series: Offset
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
Neck Finish: Satin Polyurethane
Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" (241 mm)
Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Aged White Dot
Nut (Material/Width): Synthetic Bone, 1.650" (42 mm)
Tuning Machines: Fender Standard Cast/Sealed
Scale Length: 24" (610 mm)
Bridge: 6-Saddle Strings-Through-Body Strat Hardtail with Bent Steel Saddles
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
Pickups: Duo-SonicTM Humbucker (Bridge), Duo-SonicTM Single-coil (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge And Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone (with Push/Pull Coil Select Feature)
Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Strings: Fender USA NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Black
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 15 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0144020506
Daphne Blue
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 15 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0144020504
Surf Green
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 15 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0144020549
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Overall: I'm impressed. Nicely dressed & level frets. Fit & finish are impeccable at this price point. Fender just gets it right on their MIM models. I've owned many US made guitars & honestly, unless you're willing to invest 2 grand or more, you're not getting anything less where it really counts with a Mexican Fender. Neck has a fantastic feeling smooth satin finish. I have big hands & I prefer smaller scale guitars. I feel like I can cover more territory with less effort & the 24" scale doesn't feel cramped at all. If you're used to the standard 25.5" Fender scale it'll take some getting used to but it's absolutely worth it. It's very light. The bridge pickup is very clear & articulate. It's bright but not harsh. I'm assuming it's an alnico V pup. Coil tap is surprisingly useful, though it doesn't exactly nail the true single coil sound which is fine as I've never been a big fan of a single coil in the bridge anyway. The neck pup sounds great. It's spanky & slightly warm & the combination of the 2 pups essentially gives you a boosted version of the neck which I find very appealing. The tuners, bridge & saddles all do their job, no complaints there. It's a simple, yet versatile guitar that's a joy to play. I'd recommend it to anyone at any playing level.
Style of Music: 80s alt rock
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Sound: I wouldn't consider the humbucker the most inspiring pickup I've ever heard but it is definitely better than what I had anticipated. If you are looking for something that provides a mid-level crunch or are a fuzz advocate you are looking at the right guitar. Although I purchased this guitar fully intending on replacing the humbucker with something that is larger sounding, I wouldn't be terribly disappointed if I were to keep the stock pickup in place. The single coil neck pickup is where you will find this guitars Fender vibe. It is very reminiscent of a MIM Strat's neck pickup, warm and smooth sounding. Both Seymour Duncan and Lindy Fralin make a "vintage" sounding Duo-Sonic pickup that would likely be worth the upgrade. It should be noted however that the neck pickup provides a very noticeable buzz (the buzz is prevalent when in the middle position as well). Again, if you've played a MIM Strat or Tele you probably already know what to expect in regards to the buzz sound from the single coils. Of course with any written review it is impossible to really dictate the sound of the guitar, especially when taking gear variances into consideration. For reference I'm running this through an Orange CR120 and a Marshall 1960A 4x12. Feature: The HS model does feature a coil splitting pot for the humbucker, which to no surprise works as intended. The guitar has a Telecaster style single tone and single volume knob that have solid craftsmanship and don't feel loose or cheap (although I suppose this could very from guitar to guitar). Nothing else is included in the box other than some reading material, unfortunately this does not come with a case or even a gig bag. Ease of Use: Ease of use is what I would consider the highlight of this product. Playing this guitar is just flat out fun due to the scale length and body style. Being a 24" scale the tension on this guitar is vastly different from a standard sized neck, bend techniques are easier and the fret board feels very fluid due to the satin style neck. Quality: Quality is up to par with the rest of the MIM Fender guitars. No surprising blemishes and the factory set-up is competent. Value: Being at the $500 price point (at the time of writing) I can say that this guitar is maybe a tad over-priced when you consider it does not come with a case or bag and you will likely want to upgrade a few parts if you're a playing guitarist and are looking for a new number one. The Wow Factor: I purchased the Daphne Blue color, the finish is very loud of such a mellow hue (if that makes any sense at all). Take it or leave it, it's not a vintage looking Daphne Blue as it is a high gloss poly finish.. To my knowledge the Surf Green model features a bit of a sparkle to the finish. Black is Black. Overall: I made the highly frowned upon "blind" purchase on the Duo Sonic HS model (I was only able to play the Mustang at my local shop as that is all they carry at the moment) with the intent of making it a project guitar. After playing it for several hours out of the box I must say I am impressed by how genuinely fun this guitar is to play. Sound wise it is certainly adequate for the price you are paying. It provides a tone that, while definitely "Fender-ish", is unique to what you would expect from a MIM Tele or Strat. With some key upgrades this guitar has great potential to be a road warrior for playing guitarists who aren't going to shell out several thousand dollars for a top shelf instrument.
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