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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:12 pm    Post subject: Is the new Offset Duo Sonic HS my answer? Reply with quote

So I love the sound of my Les Paul but of course heavy and not the most comfortable when just jamming in the living room. I also have a ton of parts right now looking to build a Strat to cover the single coil sound I am missing but I know I will miss the humbucker. Plus a Strat is a good sized guitar still and a longer scale and a trem I don't use.

Anyway I am really thinking about one of these HS Duos. Here is my only concern and worry. I don't really want to go by pure sounds samples on youtube and I know I won't find one locally, but will the single coil in the neck in a clean setting still sound similar to a classic single coil neck pickup? It will not sound exactly like a Tele or a Strat neck position in clean tone but I would be happy with a Fender clean sound out of it.

Could this little guy cover all of these points?

-Humbucker in bridge for some heavier sounds
-Neck single coil hopefully with Fender classic sound
-Sweet middle position for the in between
-Nice comfy short scale
-No trem to worry about
-Awesome color selections.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I would buy a 1956 duo sonic and route it for humbuckers. There has never been such a thing as a short scale with a humbucker and a locked down bridGe. Never existed, never has been done so no one can advise. No one on the site would know anything about such a thing . I would buy the rickenbacker
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darth is wrong Razz
There have been a couple Jaguars with humbuckers and fixed bridges, the Pawn Shop Mustang Special was a double humbucker, fixed bridge model, the Vista Musicmaster was fixed with a humbucker... etc. I don't have a tonne of experience with these models, so can't advise as well as others.

I imagine the single-coil will likely sound kind of similar to a Musicmaster, Swinger, normal Duo-SOnic or similar. Not Strat or Tele like, but good sounds in their own right.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There has never been such a thing as a short scale with a humbucker and a locked down bridGe. Never existed, never has been done so no one can advise. No one on the site would know anything about such a thing . I would buy the rickenbacker





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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Used Squier Cyclone. Contoured body more comfortable than slab body. Block the tremolo like Eric Clapton.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've played the Pawn Shop Mustang Special a few times in shops and really liked it. If you're into wide range HBs, that's a great option.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also played with pawn shop mustang and it sounds great, I wanna buy one for myself one day.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really really like the sound and feeling of my squier cv duosonic. Really really good sofaguitar Cool

For the h-s placement i have a fender cyclone which is very versatile sounding. Both - duo and cyclone don't sound exactly like a tele or strat, but definitively fender-ish...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jagsonic wrote:
Really really like the sound and feeling of my squier cv duosonic. Really really good sofaguitar Cool

For the h-s placement i have a fender cyclone which is very versatile sounding. Both - duo and cyclone don't sound exactly like a tele or strat, but definitively fender-ish...

The Duo in my avatar is basically a CV model but with a 65 RI Mustang neck and SJAG-II pickups.

I agree, great sofa guitar, but not to be underestimated, it's good enough for gigs. The SJAG pickups are also fairly hot and there isn't any need for a humbucker with them really.

Even if you wanted to play heavy riffs, there are plenty of processors available to tweak the natural sound of these single coils.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I never sold my Squier CV Duo, I loved that guitar but loved having a roof over my head more.

These new Fender offset models are interesting but like most here have said, quite uninspired. I think I know where they're coming from, doing common mods to the guitars and selling them as stock. I don't get why everything has to have 9.5 rad and medium jumbos though.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't get why everything has to have 9.5 rad and medium jumbos though.



Standardization keeps manufacturing cost down.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Jaguar Special HH is a nice guitar, but it is heavy (at least mine is). The Blacktop Jaguars I've tried have been nicely balanced and sounded pretty good.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hh jags aren't as heavy as les pauls, tho.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember the PS Mustang isnt a full size Mustang. Sounds great and is a beautiful guitar but I had to send it back because its Ass is too small. SO SO glad I got teh Kurtdz instead, just blocked the trem, same thing with my SS.

BTW recently put a custom gauge set on my SS, holy balls it sounds like a new guitar, chords ring so much truer, tuning stability improved, unwanted slop-bending prevented.
52-38-28-20-16-12. Tension is >9kg and <10kg on every string, that's why I went with these gauges, to get close to the same tension on each string.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thread got me thinking, wish I'd bought one of those Squier Cyclones when they were selling them at around 120. You don't seem to see them now.

Alternatively, THESE look fun to mod.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

do it, fran!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
Thread got me thinking, wish I'd bought one of those Squier Cyclones when they were selling them at around 120. You don't seem to see them now.

Alternatively, THESE look fun to mod.


I think my mate's still got the one I gave to him. I can always ask if he wants to sell it (I don't think he uses it any more).
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To get this back on track, OP spoke of a single coil in the neck, humbucker at the bridge.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...Which Fender Japan did do a very limited run of a number of years back, a proper single-knob weirdo w/3-way switch.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the new Offset Duo Sonic HS my answer? Reply with quote

edsdds wrote:

Could this little guy cover all of these points?

-Humbucker in bridge for some heavier sounds
-Neck single coil hopefully with Fender classic sound
-Sweet middle position for the in between
-Nice comfy short scale
-No trem to worry about
-Awesome color selections.


for all i know about duos and cyclones i would say yes without having one of these new offsets in my hands...
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