Price paid: $ 329
Purchased from: Tuscaloosa Music Service
Sound — 7
The Duo-Sonic suits the lighter things I play quite well (psychedelic rock, garage rock, shoegaze) while still maintaining a bit of bite for stuff with higher gain. I use this guitar with my Line 6 Flextone III. The guitar is very quiet, no hissing and very little audible hum, which was quite surprising for a guitar with single coil pickups. In the bridge position, the Duo-Sonic can go from twangy Tele-ish sounds to biting rock tones. In the middle positions, chords have a round, warm quality without being overly harsh in the high end, or too loose in the low end. The neck position, however, can be a bit boomy and lack high end.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, the Duo-Sonic is a very nice mid-range instrument. If somebody stole this guitar, I would hunt them down and beat them with a large blunt object. I'm extremely satisfied with my purchase, and if I had to change one thing, I'd swap the 3-saddle bridge for a 6-saddle one. I compared it to several other Classic Vibe Squier models before I bought it, including the 50's Tele, and the Duo-Sonic topped it easily. If you're looking for a guitar in the 275-350 dollar range for lighter styles of music, the Duo-Sonic should rate pretty high on your list.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is a workhorse. Nothing feels cheap about it at all, the strap buttons seem solid, and the finish has been resistant to any wear so far. The input jack hasn't come loose, and the bridge is odd, but workable. The tuners are solid, and the guitar stays in tune quite well. (I've subjected it to tunings as low as A#) I have gigged with it before, and I have enough Faith in it to use it without a backup if I have to.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I was very pleasantly surprised with how the guitar was set up. The action was low, with little to no fret buzz. I had expected to swap out the pickups, but the stock ones are pretty good. Nothing fantastic, but they aren't terrible. The fretwork is superb, nothing feels out of alignment, and the frets aren't sticking off the sides of the guitar, which is always a good sign. The finish was flawless with the exception of two small blemishes on the guitar, one just past the 20th fret and the other on the headstock.
Features — 7
This is guitar is a Squier Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic. It has 21 frets, a maple neck and fretboard, and a basswood body. It has a body style similar to the Fender Mustang, with a Telecaster style 3-saddle bridge. The guitar has two single coil pickups. It has one volume and one tone knob, with a three way pickup selector. Nothing new or exciting here, just a solid, reliable design.