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Imperial

The Duesenberg Imperial throws open the door to a time when rock was still celebrated “around the clock”, a time when jazz cats were starting to grease their hair and think about finding new sounds. This classic hollow body guitar with its deep sides and double f-holes is both a jazz and a rock’n’roll/rockabilly instrument. At the same time, however, it insists on exerting its own entirely unique character. 

The greatly-appreciated Duesenberg pickup assembly with a Domino P90 and a Grand Vintage humbucker is here enhanced by our “Mid-Shift” twang pot, which extends the range of our already impressive Duesenberg sound spectrum. Marking the end of an all too mellow, pre-fab jazz sound, the Imperial is assisted by a highly functional Deluxe Tremola – here, of course, with a lengthier bar.

New: The Duesenberg Imperial D-Tron! 
D-Tron humbuckers are built in the most sophisticated way to deliver just that typical sound you'll know from Chet Atkins or Brian Setzer. The two medium level resistance coils are fitted in humbucker housings, while the thick Alnico magnet delivers high output and sparkling treble response. 

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Specs

Neck
Type: traditionally glued in
Wood: 1-piece maple
Width: 42,5 mm / 1.67" (nut), 52 mm / 2.05" (12th fret)
Thickness: 21 mm / 0.8" (1st fret), 24 mm / 0.95" (12th fret)
Shape: D
Fingerboard: indian rosewood
Radius: 30,5 mm / 12"
Inlays: saturn-shape pearloid
Frets: 22 jumbo 2,8 x 1,0 mm
Scale length: 650 mm / 25.6"
Trussrod: steel dual-action
Headstock: black veneer (trans-orange), matching color (red-burst)
Body
Type: arch-top jazz guitar, bent sides, f-hole
Top: laminated spruce
Back, sides: laminated flamed maple
Size: 51,5 x 41 x 9 cm / 20.27" x 16" x 3.68"
Binding: cream, 5-layer purfling
Pickguard: transparent
Finish: PUR lacquer. Back and sides trans-black.
Hardware
Tuners: Duesenberg Z-Tuners, "Art Diego" buttons
Bridge: Duesenberg steel saddle bridge
Tremolo: Duesenberg Deluxe Tremola
Strap pins: Kluson Multi-Lock
Hardware color: nickel
Strings: Duesenberg DSA10 (010-013-017-028-042-050)
Electrics
Pickup (neck): Duesenberg Domino P-90 
Pickup (middle): -
Pickup (bridge): Duesenberg Grand Vintage Humbucker
Wiring: 1 volume, 1 mid-shift, 1 tone, 3-way pickup selector
Accessories
Case: Custom Line case (included)
Tools: all required allen keys (included)

Artists

Günter Lückerath

Bläck Fööss

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Brian Green

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Christian Schulz, Marc Hothan

Slow Horses

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Jacob Binzer

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Chris Rodriguez, einer der Top-Gitarristen in Nashville, spielt für Keith Urban and Kenny Loggins. Chris checkt alle Pickup Kombinationen der Imperial durch und führt uns vor, wozu "Big Doozy" fähig ist...

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Both Pickups
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Bridge Pickup
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Diesel

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Jeanette Biedermann & Jörg Weisselberg

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Loggins & Messina

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Reviews

Imperial

grand gtrs 1/2007[more]

Die Maße des gewölbten Gitarrenkoffers lassen auf ein darin ruhendes „Dickschiff" schließen. Konditionierte Annäherung: Behutsamer als sonst ist der Zugriff, umgibt die Gitarre doch eine weit filigranere Aura, als ihre massiven Kollegen von der Solidbody-Fraktion.

Stattliche Größe, gutes Handling, wenig Gewicht. Innen hohl, ohne Sustainblock. Sie bringt dennoch anständig crispen Attack. Es knallt so richtig, je mehr man die Saiten anschlägt. Perkussiver Twangsound, differenzierte und glasklare Soli. Alles abgestimmt: Der Custom-Duesenberg DP90 und Grand-Vintage-Humbucker bringen genau die Sounds hervor, die der Imperial stehen. Rockabilly pur. Ein guter Allround-Charakter dazu.

Duesenbergs Imperial ist eine Hommage an die wilde Zeit des Rock'n'Roll. Nicht nur die Frisuren der 50er Jahre sind längst in der Neuzeit angekommen. Die Gitarren auch. Es darf wieder getanzt werden.

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Duesenberg Imperial

Gitarre & Bass 8/2006[more]

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