Make modern musical classics with Duesenberg Guitars

Make modern musical classics with Duesenberg Guitars

It is by no means easy to bring a new style of electric guitar to the market and have it be a success. The world's guitar players are conservative, and it takes something quite special to entice them away from their beloved 1950s designs. Every successful Reverend has a failed Parker Fly, and it never seems to be an issue with quality (Parker Flys were incredibly well made). It’s a difficult and arcane task to succeed with originality in this market, hence why many makers stick to copying the classics.

That said, it does help if your original designs are insanely, inarguably cool. Duesenberg guitars blend ‘40s Jazz-guitar references, blended with a liberal dose of ever-suave Art Deco stylings. Could this be the key? They also play and sound fantastic, but we’ll get to that. Priorities! 

Do It with Duesenberg Guitars

With clear respect for the past and a fresh eye for aiming for something new, Duesenberg guitars made it to the shores of North America in the late nineties. Founded by Dieter Golsdorf in 1986, Duesenberg was an attempt to bring something new to the market rather than compete with existing products. The company’s Starplayer model, which we’ll see in different guises throughout this blog, was designed to blend traditional designs with modern touches. 

This refreshing attitude is reflected in much of their design work; ‘in-between’ shapes, use of non-traditional (but not obtuse) pickup choices, and unconventional switching show deep respect for traditional concepts and a desire to expand upon what worked in the past. 

Duesenberg: Distinguished, Distinct, Desired

Duesenberg guitars are known for their unique wood designs, tremolo systems, and how they fit into a guitarist’s hands. 

Their semi-hollow Starplayer instrument has the feel of a Les Paul, at least to my hands, yet the pronounced horn accentuates its difference. 

 The Paloma solid-body guitar is light, and its design elements evoke the most famous rock and roll guitar, the Fender Stratocaster. 

The Diamond Deluxe tremolo system is as smooth as glass. That’s because it was originally inspired by the Bigsby vibrato system and has been continually refined over the years to make it one of the most popular non-locking tremolo systems. The look and feel created the design.

We have already talked about the tremolo, so let’s look at the pickups. Duesenberg makes these pickups at their facility in Germany. They produce a variety of humbucker, P90 and single-coil pickups to cover a variety of sonic needs. Most Starplayer models are equipped with Grand Vintage PAF-type humbucker, but there are also Crunchbucker and D-Tron higher output models. 

Another interesting detail with the pickups is Duesenberg’s use of ‘German Silver for the base plate and cover. German Silver - otherwise known as nickel silver - is an alloy (actually invented in China) made out of copper, zinc, and nickel. It is a lot lighter than actual silver and much tougher than silver. It's very resistant to corrosion and electricity. This means that it's excellent at transferring sound, but it remains transparent.


So why do your next gig or composition with Duesenberg Guitars? They are a joy to play. The sound quality is high, and they have a selection of tones available that is impressive. The designs were inspired by many of the instruments I’ve loved in the past; they’re not derivative of anyone. This mixture results in a cohesive feeling across the entire brand, yet each guitar has its charms and inspires me in different ways.

You can own this modern classic from Musicstreet today! We’re a family-owned business that supplies various Duesenberg guitars and more. Visit our online showroom today!


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