NGD Lpb Fender Duo-sonic Hs Added To The Stable

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  1. Flatline

    Flatline Well-Known Member

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    I bit the bullet on a Fender Duo-Sonic that Adorama has had on sale and it arrived Thursday. First impressions are good. Out of the box it was not without issues.

    Cons:
    First thing I noticed was only one string tree and it had no spacer so the high E and B took a sharp angle out of the back of the nut. Looking online this is done deliberately as all the pics I found of others are the same way. I added a spacer. I may also add a second string tree to D and G strings later.

    Second, I noticed some lines next to the 11th and 13th frets. At first I thought they were pencil marks under the finish, but after some closer inspection it’s actually discolored / dirty finish next to the frets. I think it’ll clean up or at least be less noticeable after I clean it with the strings removed.

    Third, was missing filler under a couple fret ends leaving tiny little holes. These were like tiny needle tip sized holes. I took a similarly colored tan crayon and rubbed into them making them complete unnoticeable.

    Pros:
    The neck is super comfortable to play. Very nice rounded C profile. 24 in scale is easy to play.

    The pickups are good so far. No complaints. The push-pull pot is nice for added versatility.

    The factory setup was decent. Action low enough but neck had too much relief. I discovered that the rod had little to no tension on it at all. Adjusted to correct it. Now the neck is nearly flat with a hair of relief and plays fantastically with no string buzz or dead frets. Nut was cut well. Action is 4/6th's inch at 12th fret at low E and 3/64th at high E. Intonation is close, but will need slight tweaking when I change the strings. Most strings are reading a little sharp at the 12th with the factory strings.

    Love the color. Its a paler blue than I was expecting based on pictures online and that is actually a good thing.

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    Next to the Squier Bullet Mustang that is very similar, but yet very different.
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    Flatline Well-Known Member

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    Is that a Lace neck pickup? I know nothing about these guitars, but looks cool enough!
     

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    Bubba Zanetti Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Nice guitar! Enjoy it, love the pickup and color combo on that short scale offset. I’ve got the orange, two single coil variant.
     
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    I think they have the pickup covers without holes, like on the mustang, for the single coils.
     
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    Congrats! I love that one!
     
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    Specs just say Duo-Sonic single coil.

    I’d love to have an orange body HS with maple neck. Only way to get that would be to do a body swap.
     
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    What gauge strings are you going to use on the short scale?
     
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    Flatline Well-Known Member

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    Arrived with 10s. My mustang has 10s on it. I have a bunch of sets of 10s. I will probably keep 10s on it, but I may try 11s sometime in the future.
     
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    HNGD! Nice color!
     
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    Short scale and light strings make it very slinky. I think i had 11,12's or 13's on my Duo sonic. It might be a 22.7" scale though.
     
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