NGD: fender player duo sonic in desert sand

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NGD: fender player duo sonic in desert sand

Post by del » Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:55 pm

I traded this and that and the-other-thing and ended up with an excellent guitar: a Fender Player Duo Sonic in the desert sand finish.

It's a dream to play. The neck is a chunky full-C with great fret finishing. And the pickups are a delight: the neck is dark and driving and the bridge is cutting. It's really a stellar guitar for my style of music and looks so very, very cool.

I'm thinking of changing the bridge to a top loader (and posted a question in "mods and projects," so if you have any thoughts or experience I'd love to hear it there), but straight from the box this is a great guitar for wrangling both weirdness (the 24" scale and hardtail bridge allow for some crazy bending) and straightforward rock/surf/country-western sounds.

Happy to answer any questions or share the glow!

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Re: NGD: fender player duo sonic in desert sand

Post by pikmin » Thu Jun 23, 2022 3:18 pm

We need pictures :-)

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Re: NGD: fender player duo sonic in desert sand

Post by del » Thu Jun 23, 2022 6:16 pm

It's this one!
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Re: NGD: fender player duo sonic in desert sand

Post by bessieboporbach » Thu Jun 23, 2022 6:56 pm

I almost bought one of these last year. I was in the market for my first short scale and these Player Duos are kind of the hidden jewel of the current Fender line. They are gorgeous and have the sounds I like. However, I have a big torso and came to the conclusion that they were just too small for me (even Strats feel dinky on me), so I kept saving up for a Vintera Jag. But the Duo still gives me GAS when I see one. They have a real simplicity and elegance.

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Re: NGD: fender player duo sonic in desert sand

Post by del » Fri Jun 24, 2022 6:00 am

bessieboporbach wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 6:56 pm
... these Player Duos are kind of the hidden jewel of the current Fender line
... came to the conclusion that they were just too small for me (even Strats feel dinky on me), so I kept saving up for a Vintera Jag
... They have a real simplicity and elegance.
I'm still so very happy with the guitar - it definitely is a jewel. And the simplicity you mention is a real hallmark of what's working for me when I pick it up.

Length wise - from heel to the end of the headstock - my duo-sonic is almost exactly the same size as my strat. It's a shorter scale, but the length of the body behind the bridge is much longer on the duo sonic so the whole of the guitars are the same length.
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Re: NGD: fender player duo sonic in desert sand

Post by bessieboporbach » Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:09 am

del wrote:
Fri Jun 24, 2022 6:00 am
Length wise - from heel to the end of the headstock - my duo-sonic is almost exactly the same size as my strat. It's a shorter scale, but the length of the body behind the bridge is much longer on the duo sonic so the whole of the guitars are the same length.
It's actually not the length of the guitar that is a barrier to it being comfortable to me, it's the width. Duos and Mustangs are very narrow (to be fair, so are Strats) and they look small against my body. I also find I tend to hunch over them when I play sitting down, because of where the strings sit relative to the waist. It's one of the reasons I don't get along with Les Pauls. But honestly, it's also one of the things that make the Duo look so cool.

Jaguars have the same scale length as Mustangs and Duos, but the more radical offset shape throws the fingerboard out to my left and makes the heart of the fretboard (7th-15th fret) more comfortable for me to hang out in. The strings are also lifted a bit out of the player's lap.

I realize this is all very personal. I actually learned on a Strat, but from 2008 to 2018 the only guitar I had was a very large dreadnought. Subsequently I bought a Hofner electric that is roughly similar to an ES-335 or certain Gretsches, but is very wide at the lower bout (18"). So I kind of got used to the cozy "guitar as shield" feeling.

I wish I got a long better with the Player Duo ergonomically because they otherwise are pretty much the exact guitar for me. A real pick-up-and-play experience.

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Re: NGD: fender player duo sonic in desert sand

Post by del » Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:35 am

bessieboporbach wrote:
Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:09 am

It's actually not the length of the guitar that is a barrier to it being comfortable to me, it's the width. Duos and Mustangs are very narrow (to be fair, so are Strats) and they look small against my body. I also find I tend to hunch over them when I play sitting down, because of where the strings sit relative to the waist.
Hear, hear! That feel and look you're describing is so very important to playing guitar. I'm a big believer that confidence and comfort are even more important than the subtle nuances of tone. I'm eager for you to latch on to a Jaguar!

And for me and my style, this Duo Sonic is really making me feel good as I play it. It's going to help me get through the day, no doubt.
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Re: NGD: fender player duo sonic in desert sand

Post by del » Sat Jul 02, 2022 3:37 pm

Just continuing to glow over this guitar! :w00t:

I've read a couple of reviews that were ho-hum on the pickups, but I think they're just fantastic! They're bold and have some power to them - and they really do have a clearly distinct tonal features that make switching between them a really strategic move in sound. And the switch itself has a metal tip that is a little bit bigger than typical and it makes it very satisfying to flip while playing.

And it just looks fantastic!
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Re: NGD: fender player duo sonic in desert sand

Post by forestgreen » Sat Jul 02, 2022 4:52 pm

Okay we're gonna need some more pictures please

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