Fender Musicmaster/Duo Sonic Solid Body Electric Guitar (1956)

Fender  Musicmaster/Duo Sonic Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1956)
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Fender Musicmaster/Duo Sonic Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1956), made in Fullerton, California, serial # -20607, desert sand finish, alder body, maple neck, black gig bag case.

This cool little 1950s Fender student guitar is likely assembled from two different original instruments, a single-pickup Musicmaster and a two-pickup Duo Sonic. It is built from all compatible 1950s parts but was probably not assembled that way at Fullerton originally. The very early 22 1/2" scale Musicmaster neck is dated 9-56 in pencil on the heel; this was the first production year for both models. The body is either from a same-period Duo-Sonic or it is a Musicmaster body fitted with a Duo-Sonic pickguard...the parts are identical except for the number of pickups.

The body and neck retain their original finish, and the anodised aluminum pickguard is original as well. The Kluson tuners are original, as is the headstock decal. The body is fitted with the original bridge, strap buttons, and pickups, but the wiring rig is more recent with new pots, switch, jack, and knobs. Except for the headstock decal reading "Musicmaster" all appears correct for a 1956-8 Duo Sonic. This is a super light and handy guitar, better-sounding than many give them credit for and a cool piece of 1950s Fender mojo.
Overall length is 37 5/8 in. (95.6 cm.), 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 1/2 in. (572 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

As noted, this guitar is likely an assemblage of two period 1956-7 instruments but it is an excellent playing and sounding Fender. There is some average wear to the finish, more on the neck than the body, but nothing excessive. The anodized pickguard is quite clean overall with some wear to the lacquer around the switch. It has been refretted with larger wire than the 1950s standard and is a very good player. This is a comparatively affordable 1950s Fender and cool little knock-around 3/4 size guitar. Very Good + Condition.