B1008 Duesenberg Carl Carlton, Black
German Excellence...these guitars are simply MAGNIFICENT
Review From Guitar Magazine
"To start with the sound, the three humbuckers are great, and Duesenberg has opted for an unusual way of controlling their selection. Instead of the usual three-way selector, you have what the maker calls a Multi-Tone potentiometer, which allows you to blend the centre pickup with either the bridge or neck positions, enabling you to get tones that many other guitars can't. Even before you get into blending the centre pick up with the other two, the three pickups individually have a nice, fat warmth to them, but still with a little snap and twang. I would compare them to P90s but they are much quieter, being hum cancelling designs.
"You could cover some great Blues, Country, Rockabilly or Jazz tones with this guitar. Bring into play the Deluxe 'Tremola' whammy system, and you add even more colours to what the Starplayer TV can do. Frankly, Duesenberg's trem system is everything a Bigsby tremolo system isn't. It stays in tune, is smooth in operation and is very usable and addictive, in a non-Jeff Beck sort of way (so no crazy flutters or tuned harmonics). You just need to get used to what the trem can do, and then it will be there for you, waiting for that little shimmer on your A69 chord!
"The neck is comfortable. Not small, but not too big. I would call it substantial. Duesenberg necks are finished with the famous PLEK machine, which is a computerised device that eliminates human error when it comes to frets, intonation and general set-up. The result is that the guitar plays perfectly, with no dead spots or buzzing, giving a consistent, even feel, in all positions. I certainly would not let a PLEK machine loose on any of my vintage guitars, but for the manufacture of a modern Duesenberg, the result is superb.
"Duesenbergs are undoubtedly cool guitars with a who's who of name players using them. They have a feel and sound of their own and would be a welcome addition for any professional live musician, or studio session guy. They are not cheap, so are a serious investment for any player, but they certainly have something that your average Strat or Les Paul doesn't. And, anyway, I'm not sure that a list price of around £1,600/$3,300 is so much for such a special guitar, though it wouldn't be an everyday purchase! Though you can get them in most countries, you may need to find a high quality dealer to try one, but it will be worth the trip, I promise you! I'm lucky enough to have a Strat and a Les Paul, so now I am allowed to really want a Duesenberg. And I do. Watch the video."
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