B1264 - Duesenberg Starplayer TV Surf green (7.5lb)
This is SUCH a cool Les Paul style guitar. German precision all the way. And GREAT tone.
Check out this review...
From Guitar Magazine:
Germany's Duesenberg is rapidly creating a unique place in the market. The Hanover-based company is making superb quality guitars that are very playable, have fabulous tone that is full of character and manages that difficult design trick of combining looks that catch the eye in a cool way, rather than a 'trying too hard' way. Duesenberg isn't the first guitar maker to chase the 'retro' image but it's probably the most successful and it has scored with professional players too, having won a list of big name users that some far longer established rivals must envy.
Back in GI 12, I reviewed a Duesenberg Fullerton and this time round I've been asked to look at a fine-looking Starplayer TV Custom in Black with gold hardware. Black and gold is always a good combo (think Les Paul!) and this guitar certainly gets noticed.
It sounds very good too. The combination of the semi-hollow body and the D-Tron humbucking pickups delivers real character when amplified, and a character that isn't either Fender or Gibson-ish: it's something real different but very usable. I suppose would say slightly Gretsch-like, but it's all a matter of opinion and maybe that's suggested by the guitar's looks? Any guitar from any brand will only sound as good the player playing it, but there are certainly some nice tones to be had out of this one.
The Starplayer TV is apparently Duesenberg's best selling model and the Custom version shares the same cool body shape but adds an extra D-Tron humbucker with that black finish and gold hardware. In fine traditional style the Starplayer has a wood sustain block running down the centre with the F holes over the sound chambers either side, much like a 335. The block will aid playability at volume when using more gain and help stop the feedback that semi-hollow bodies can be prone to. The type of wood used for that centre block isn't specified anywhere, but the top is laminated spruce, and the back and sides are maple, all painted deep black then coated in poly lacquer. You also get cream binding, 10-50 gauge strings as standard, though the beautiful plush hardcase our sample came in is extra.