Is the Fender Duo Sonic a decent short scale guitar?

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  1. 7stringstohangyouwith

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    It's $500. Am I better off with an Ibanez mikro or a Mitchell MM100?
     
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    I've tried a few. They can be kinda hit or miss QC-wise. Test one out if you can. Fun guitars nevertheless, I've been wanting to buy one myself as a modding platform for a while.
     
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    That's kinda good advice for this price range, for any guitar. The lower you go, the less money is spent on QC. It doesn't mean that all are bad, but the ratio of bad:good is higher.
     
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    I find the Ibanez Micro's and Jackson Minion's (etc.) to be good for little kids but often tend to be a little too short otherwise.

    The Fender Duo Sonic's are short scale, but not deathly short, so they tend to be more 'versatile' or 'traditional' in that sense. Now the Duo Sonic's have single coils which may hamper versatility for high gain applications etc.

    The Fender's are more likely to be better quality instruments, but they are also about double the price of your Ibanez or Jackson counterparts.

    At the end of the day it's about what you want from a short scale guitar and the amount of money you want to put into it.
     
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    I acquired a DS that came to me for free in REALLY bad shape. They're easy guitars to work on and they're fun to play if you don't mind the short scale. I was quite surprised at the abuse and neglect that my DS had gone thru previous to me. Since I basically did a complete ground-up restoration on mine, I'm more than happy to try to answer any more specific questions if you need.

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    They do offer them with HS-config too. ;)

    Personally I prefer the the DiMarzio Fast Tracks I have in my Mustang compared to the stock humbucker in my strat but the humbucker is ceramic and kinda cheap (I assume) so that' a given.

    My point is that single-coil sized pickups can do hi-gain tones well but then on the other hand, if OP is looking for a budget guitar, throwing another hundred bucks or so for aftermarket pickups is probably not the best solution.
     
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    Better have an Ibanez PGMM31, those are really nice
     
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    I think it's just a mikro and they simply slapped a Paul Gilbert endorser onto it. I already have a mikro.

     
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    I really dig the Duo-Sonics! They're really fun guitars. I also like that the true vintage variants can be had for less than $1500.
     

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