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Squier Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic '50s Electric Guitar  

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        Classic in vibe, with modern playability.

        The Squier Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic '50s is an electric guitar that is dripping with coolness and classic Fender vibe. The Duo-Sonic guitar was originally conceived as a student-grade model designed to capture the attention of 1950s youth caught up in the burgeoning rock 'n' roll craze. Collectors, performing musicians and Fender fanatics have since come to know the Duo-Sonic as an ultra-cool addition to the Fender line of Fine Electric Instruments.

        Coming in Desert Sand over Basswood, this 21 fret gloss maple neck prize combines a comfortable 24" scale with the modern playability of a 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets. Equipped with a custom set of AlNiCo V single-coil pickups and three-way selector switch, the Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic produces bright, clear tones that are unmistakably Fender.

        Classic Vibe!
        Back in 1982, the very first Squier by Fender guitars and basses came ringing out of Asia. Known for their excellent vintage-quality look, feel, sound and construction, those early Squier instruments and their Fender branded counterparts are now highly sought-after collector's items revered by guitar enthusiasts as models of "getting it right" while aiming at value-conscious players. The Squier Classic Vibe Series reflects that simultaneous commitment to excellence, value and vibe. Mirroring classic Fender designs, the Classic Vibe offering is not intended to be era or vintage correct, but rather imparting the 'vibe' of a classic Fender design. Each with distinctive feature set combinations—all adding up to one classic looking instrument. Great sound, vintage looks, unbeatable value—Classic Vibe!

        Features
        • Body: Basswood
        • Finish: Polyester
        • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape
        • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" (241 mm)
        • Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
        • Scale Length: 24" (610 mm)
        • Nut Width: 1.65" (42 mm)
        • Hardware: Chrome
        • Tuning Keys: Vintage style tuning machines with white plastic buttons
        • Bridge: Vintage style, 3-saddle bridge
        • Pickguard: 3-ply Tortoise shell
        • Neck pickup: Custom Duo-Sonic pickup (AlNiCo V)
        • Bridge pickup: Custom Duo-Sonic pickup (AlNiCo V)
        • Pickup switching: 3-Position Toggle - Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
        • Controls: Volume, Tone
        • Strings: (.009 - .042) Nickel Plated Steel

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        4.8

        (based on 29 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        For the money, you can't do much better.

        I absolutely love this guitar, it's not flawless and I'll get to the downfalls, but my title is true, for the money you'll be hard pressed to find a better guitar. Now,...Read complete review

        I absolutely love this guitar, it's not flawless and I'll get to the downfalls, but my title is true, for the money you'll be hard pressed to find a better guitar. Now, if you're not looking for a short scale with a thin nut width then this guitar probably won't work for you. I happen to love all neck sizes, 50s style baseball bats, modern C, or Rickenbacker necks, my hands tend to like them all. Anyways, the guitar came solid right out of the box, I've been playing it for about 2 or 3 months and I haven't needed a setup yet. You'll probably find cut marks where the frets are put in, dug a little bit deeper into the neck but it's a visual flaw and doesn't hurt playability...I've read other Duo-Sonic owners describing this so it must be pretty common. The huge plus is that the frets, on mine at least, are filed beautifully! I wouldn't even have this guitar if a Strat that I bought for 3 times the cost of this guitar didn't have absolutely dreadful frets, felt like I was playing with knives.The tuners are solid, I love the minimalist bridge, the nut seems good, hold tune very well, much better than a Gibson faded SG I used to own. I love the colors and look, it's just so laid back and classic! My only complaint, and you know there's gotta be a downside with a price this low, the pickups are not the greatest. Playing clean is okay, but when I engage my Menatone KOTB individual notes tend to get lost. I'm looking to upgrade the pickups to Lollar's and I want to get a new neck, a new neck only because I'm strictly rosewood fingerboard...but really, there is nothing wrong with the neck on this.Another bummer is that it doesn't come with a case. I'll probably wind up getting a vintage Duo-Sonic hard case, as I do not see myself getting rid of this guitar, only modding it and making it my own one of a kind.If you've got the spare cash and you've been looking, go ahead and pull the trigger on this guitar, classic looks and playability.

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        Not a Squier Hater!

        I played this in a music shop for a little and it had an ok tone, but the neck felt like plastic. My hand stuck to it. Maybe that would be nice for...Read complete review

        I played this in a music shop for a little and it had an ok tone, but the neck felt like plastic. My hand stuck to it. Maybe that would be nice for some chords, but I want my guitar to be fast. I am not a squier hater though. I loved the Classic Vibe Custom tele, and have a squier strat that I love. This one just didn't cut it. Alright tone, not good. Look at the Classic Vibe Custom Tele for a two pickup guitar that ROCKS.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        QUARTER-INCH COMPENSATED SADDLES fix the intonation issues.

        By Vendettagainst

        from Underneath The Bridge

        Hello Folks, I am a proud owner of the Duo-Sonic, a sweet, gorgeous looking and gorgeous-sounding guitar, with one fatal flaw: uncompensated saddles, which means you can never attain proper intonation. Since I am such a nice guy I am spreading the news to all Duo-Sonic owners about the fix for this issue. There is no bridge replacement available that will fit this guitar, so don't butcher it and install a 6-saddle bridge and drill new holes, etc, all you need to do is search online for 1/4" compensated saddles, and you should find a set that installs quickly and easily, and gives your Duo-Sonic much needed proper intonation. I have owned this guitar now for about a year and I love it, and now it has nothing lacking whatsoever since I have cured its intonation woes with a set of 1/4" compensated saddles. Anything larger than 1/4" will cause your strings to sit a mile off the neck. This is a modification that can be done with the strings left on the guitar, all you need is a screwdriver. Do your Duo-Sonic a favor and upgrade its saddles because that is the only thing Fender should have done better with this great little guitar. Peace out.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        For the money, you can't do much better.

        By Jonny Fender

        from Pennsylvania

        I absolutely love this guitar, it's not flawless and I'll get to the downfalls, but my title is true, for the money you'll be hard pressed to find a better guitar. Now, if you're not looking for a short scale with a thin nut width then this guitar probably won't work for you. I happen to love all neck sizes, 50s style baseball bats, modern C, or Rickenbacker necks, my hands tend to like them all. Anyways, the guitar came solid right out of the box, I've been playing it for about 2 or 3 months and I haven't needed a setup yet. You'll probably find cut marks where the frets are put in, dug a little bit deeper into the neck but it's a visual flaw and doesn't hurt playability...I've read other Duo-Sonic owners describing this so it must be pretty common. The huge plus is that the frets, on mine at least, are filed beautifully! I wouldn't even have this guitar if a Strat that I bought for 3 times the cost of this guitar didn't have absolutely dreadful frets, felt like I was playing with knives.The tuners are solid, I love the minimalist bridge, the nut seems good, hold tune very well, much better than a Gibson faded SG I used to own. I love the colors and look, it's just so laid back and classic! My only complaint, and you know there's gotta be a downside with a price this low, the pickups are not the greatest. Playing clean is okay, but when I engage my Menatone KOTB individual notes tend to get lost. I'm looking to upgrade the pickups to Lollar's and I want to get a new neck, a new neck only because I'm strictly rosewood fingerboard...but really, there is nothing wrong with the neck on this.Another bummer is that it doesn't come with a case. I'll probably wind up getting a vintage Duo-Sonic hard case, as I do not see myself getting rid of this guitar, only modding it and making it my own one of a kind.If you've got the spare cash and you've been looking, go ahead and pull the trigger on this guitar, classic looks and playability.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        can't put it down!

        By Guillermo Fuentes

        from upstate NY

        I bought this little guy a week before Christmas and it has not been in its case yet, not even once.The short scale is so much more expressive.Any little thing you do with your fingers comes thru.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        LOVE IT

        I was stuck between getting a mustang body and fixing it up and buying this guitar and i chose this for the price. This was definitely worth it. The sound is beautiful and the look is just what i wanted along with the basswood weight. I just wish they had more options for color. But other than that no complaints at all and i highly recommend it.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I've Struck Gold!

        The Duo Sonic is a breathtaking sight to behold with a unique sound to match! Paint job looks sweet. Maple neck and headstock have sparkling grain and gentle tint. The color motif of this instrument is truly ?desert sand?. The gold pick guard is visually stunning and it gives the Duo Sonic a character unlike any other!The 3 different tones sound yummy. Great twang at the bridge setting, a distinctly cool sounding blended position, and the neck pickup is big, full, and clear as a bell. The Duo Sonic is lightweight - you can play for hours without getting fatigued. It has a comfortable, contoured body and a fast neck. I really like the lacquered gloss neck and fret board.Don?t let the 3-saddle bridge scare you, I have tuned to standard and open tunings and the notes don?t sour as you go up the neck. She stays in tune nicely (but get rid of the JUNK stock strings). The action is LOW right out of the box. Straight neck. Tone and volume knobs feel solid and smooth.DUO SONIC = THE COOLEST!!!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great single coil sound

        By mandobanjo

        from New Orleans

        I had been looking at this guitar and the reissue Mustang for awhile but after playing the Duo-Sonic, I found that this was what I wanted for a lot less money. Mine is really well put together, plays nicely and I love the look. It's really got a classic single coil sound which I particularly like. No real complaints and a ton of fun. What more could you want?

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        5.0

        Squier Duo-Sonic

        By Xander

        from Clear Lake, TX

        I went into my local store to buy some picks and I saw this and thought "That may just be the ugliest thing I've ever seen. I gotta play it." Yeah, it's not much of a looker, but it played SO nice. Great sound, great neck... The only playability issue I had was that the neck felt like plastic, but you can fix that with sandpaper if you have issues with it. The sound was very bluesy clean, and distorted, it sounded like a Jag-Stang. Very well built, especially for a Squier, great tone, great value. I'm definitely getting one as my next guitar.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not a Squier Hater!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        I played this in a music shop for a little and it had an ok tone, but the neck felt like plastic. My hand stuck to it. Maybe that would be nice for some chords, but I want my guitar to be fast. I am not a squier hater though. I loved the Classic Vibe Custom tele, and have a squier strat that I love. This one just didn't cut it. Alright tone, not good. Look at the Classic Vibe Custom Tele for a two pickup guitar that ROCKS.

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        5.0

        Easy player

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        I bought this guitar about 8 months ago and have not had a problem yet. I walked into the guitar store just browsing and when I picked this guitar up I felt a connection. I asked the guys at the counter why it was so cheap and they said because it was a squier. I was so happy with that guitar that I bought it right then and there and I have owned it for 8 months now, no problems. Easy to play, fast neck, small scale so bends like you wouldnt believe. For the price, great guitar I highly recomend.

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        5.0

        Great little guitar

        I played a mustang in a local shop, it felt very comfortable to me but it was just too expensive to justify. I just got this it in the mail, and it's a sweet little guitar. I can't believe the fit and finish on it, it's perfect. I took about 10 minutes setting the intonation and it's perfect, no worries about the 3 barrel bridge, chords are good right up the neck. It's light as a feather, and super comfortable for rockin out on the edge of the couch :-) Has some nice twang and some strat tones in there too. It has great playability, and I'm very happy with this guitar.

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