I know, the rules of this section of the board, as set by none other than RandomHero hissownself, say there shouldn't be any "beaming 'cause I got it 3 hours ago" reviews. But, I'm beaming and I got it 3 hours ago, so . . .
I was in Seattle 2 weeks ago, and, among other things, sumgai and I went to the local Guitar Center store to geek out and gawk about. Which we did, a'plenty.
SO when I got home, G.A.S. had already set in. And sitting on the music store showroom floor last week was this baby, a brand-new reissue Fender Duo-Sonic:
Which I love so far. It's the first honest-to-Leo Fender guitar I've ever owned. Action, intonation, set-up were all pretty good out of the box, although it needs a string change (as most new guitars do). By Fender standards it was cheap, but it is by far the most I've ever invested in a guitar in my life. No deal on the retail price, as this is a newly-issued reissue model, but they were willing to deal on the hard-shell case, so it wasn't too bad overall.
There may be some mods in the future- the pickups may be the weak link here, although they sound quite chimey, but not much output. But for now, it's staying "as is". I'll just restring it and play it, hopefully on a frequent basis.
Hard to tell from the pictures, but it has a mint-green pickguard against the orange paint. I had always wanted a short-scale offset-bodied Fender, and the Duo-Sonic drops the tremo-Leo for a hardtail bridge, which helps with tuning stability with the short scale. There was a beige Squier Duo-Sonic a few years ago, for considerable less money than this one, but they stopped making them before I thought to pull the trigger on one- and the prices for used ones on E-Bay weren't much below the new ones. This one was more, but is a gen-u-wine Fender for what that's worth.
wonder whether the Seattle GC had the HS version for you to A/B ... seems it has P/P tone control to activate bridge pup as HB or SC
Didn't see one there, but I have seen that guitar elsewhere and like the idea of a HS. Anyway, I've been playing the Duo-Sonic a lot, I like the feel of the short scale. And my fingers are too fat to be doing much frettin' above the 20th fret, so it's no drawback. I do find it takes me a few minutes to go from a 25.5" scale Strat type neck to the short scale- less string tension means you need to take it easy on the bends.