B1287 - Dusenberg Starplayer TV Black (7.4lb)
This guitar is a masterpiece. Why buy an assembly-line guitar when you can have this kind of German craftsmanship? Read these reviews to understand what we are talking about. And then consider this beautiful instrument for your collection!
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."
Premier Guitar Says:
In case you''re not up to speed on Duesenberg guitars, here''s a quick primer: founded by Dieter Gölsdorf, a leader in design and innovation for decades, Duesenberg makes instruments with a vintage feel and sound, but with all the enhancements that come from knowledge and experience, and all the refinements that come from first-class craftsmanship. Beginning with Rockinger (the world''s first fine tuning tremolo), Gölsdorf''s improvements to virtually every aspect of the electric guitar have made their mark on players and makers alike. Since we are working with limited space here, it may be best to simply say they are very good at what they do.
Needless to say, when you approach a Duesenberg for a review, there''s a bit of a psyche-out routine that takes place. You tell yourself not to be star-struck by the reputation, the price or even the angelic chorus you hear the moment you open the case and see heavenly beams of light play off the nickel-plated hardware and the sparkle finish, but it''s hard. I tried to be cool, stay aloof, be dispassionate, but like it did to everyone else I saw interact with it, this guitar dazzled me.
Of course, looks can be deceptive; the true test is in how the thing sounds. And it''s no beauty pageant guitar here; this Duesenberg is the real deal.
Personally, I gave up on performing with hollowbodies and semi-hollowbodies a long time ago. They can deliver great tone, but there are too many variables to master for my taste: precarious feedback, unreliable tremolos, strings that won''t stay in tune and pickups that never have enough bite. I''ve had a hard time finding one low-maintenance enough to kick into cruise control for an entire gig. Duesenberg seems to have solved all these problems in one stunning package made to honor a stalwart of rock guitar for his thirty years of work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The hardware also surpasses expectations. The art-deco machine heads and selector switch, the open silver pickup covers and mirror pickguard radiate class and charisma. The dressing is refined. The control knobs and tuners are smooth and tight. The unique Duesenberg-designed Super Tremola eases stringing hassles and produces greater precision and reliability in playing.