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Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:29 am
by Dynamic Mike
Got in from a crappy day at work this afternoon to find a large box from Andertons in the lounge. I hadn't ordered anything so initially presumed Mrs Mike had taken it in for one of the neighbours. Apparently not, she informed me grinning from ear to ear, it was for me. No occasion, just a little surprise prezzie. Something I'd mentioned that I'd taken a fancy to a while back.

I cautiously opened it to reveal a hard case containing this https://www.duesenberg.de/en/guitars/al ... ck-murphys
Shocked doesn't even come close. Just as surprising it's apparently been on back-order from Andertons since 20th March! It seems they took payment in full, then refunded it & took a deposit, then took the balance yesterday before they shipped.

I know you shouldn't ever buy any instrument without trying, but I'm guessing surprise prezzies are exempt from this. And it's from a limited edition of 96 instruments worldwide, so you can't exactly shop around for one.

First Impressions: It's beautiful, stunningly so. The build quality, fit & finish, are beyond anything I've owned before. The rose transfer is subtle & classy. The brightwork is the usual Duesenberg Art Deco with a few signature series twists. The neck is Indian rosewood & the inlays and binding look like they'd stand up to scrutiny under a microscope. Set-up out of the box (Plek) is average, and by average I mean pretty much anyone would find it playable. I don't think I'll bother with a set-up until it's played in a little. Acoustically the volume is more than I expected & tonally it oozes character for a new guitar. It's strung 10-50 & the strings are high quality Duesenberg's own & still fresh. I've not had the chance to plug it in and crank it up through an amp yet, but even through the headphone socket on my Vox AD30VT it sings sweetly, so I'm expecting great things.

Peering through the f-holes it seems to be somewhere between a semi-solid & a semi-acoustic, the centre block ends just beyond the stop tailpiece. The neck joint starts to thicken considerably around the 15th fret, which doesn't bother me (I get nosebleeds going higher than this) but certainly won't suit everyone. Access above this requires you change your grip unless you have massive hands.

Negatives: None really that I've discovered so far except you don't get the certificate of authenticity or any of the goodies until you've registered the warranty with Duesenberg online.

So am I a huge Dropkick Murphys fan... No, not really. :o

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:39 am
by blinddrew
Wow! That is a lovely looking bit of kit. :)

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:42 am
by Folderol
So that's the last we'll hear from you then... for about 6 months :lol: :bouncy:

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:44 am
by Eddy Deegan
Wow... that's quite a prezzie! I am (quite genuinely) experiencing vicarious joy for you :D

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:52 am
by John Egan
I have always liked Duesenberg guitars. Really well designed and made and terrific pickups. That's a spectacular present. Enjoy.
Regards, John

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:57 am
by Hugh Robjohns
Very nice indeed. That Mrs Mike of yours sounds like a keeper! :bouncy: :clap: :thumbup:

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:40 am
by Martin Walker
Wow - that looks gorgeous! :thumbup: 8-)

What a most wonderful present :o


Martin

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:58 pm
by Dynamic Mike
Hugh Robjohns wrote:Very nice indeed. That Mrs Mike of yours sounds like a keeper! :bouncy: :clap: :thumbup:

Indeed (35 years & counting :D). Scary thing is she's the sensible one!

Thanks to everyone for the positive comments, I'm seriously quite touched.

Managed to crank it up a bit this afternoon & still absolutely no reservations. Really impressed with the single coil in the neck, it manages to somehow be bright & clear and yet deep & mellow at the same time. Great for fingerpicking and more jazzy/bluesy sounds with a little more gain dialled in. The humbucker in the bridge sounds better to me with the volume backed off a touch, but it might be a higher output than I'm used to, and may just need a little less front end gain. It's definitely got an agressive snarl to it though if you let it off the lead!

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:55 pm
by zenguitar
Thanks, that tale has put a big smile on my face. :thumbup:

And that’s a lovely guitar too :D

Andy :beamup:

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:36 am
by BJG145
...oh, well, as soon as I clicked on the link and saw Duesenberg, I thought, "...you lucky s*...and so."

Take good care of your preciouses.

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:47 am
by Studio Support Gnome
I'm considering asking for a wife swap arrangement

My newer model (only coming up on 30 years ) clearly lacks this "surprise pressies" feature in proper implementation that your model has.

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:56 am
by Dynamic Mike
Studio Support Gnome wrote:I'm considering asking for a wife swap arrangement

My newer model (only coming up on 30 years ) clearly lacks this "surprise pressies" feature in proper implementation that your model has.

Sadly I think this may be a once in a wifetime experience.

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:42 am
by Eddy Deegan
Dynamic Mike wrote:... once in a wifetime experience.

:lol: :clap:

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:23 am
by Folderol
Eddy Deegan wrote:
Dynamic Mike wrote:... once in a wifetime experience.

:lol: :clap:
Seconded :thumbup:

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:47 am
by Sam Spoons
:bouncy: :bouncy: :bouncy:

On a more prosaic note

Dynamic Mike wrote:The humbucker in the bridge sounds better to me with the volume backed off a touch, but it might be a higher output than I'm used to, and may just need a little less front end gain.

Have you thought of adjusting the bridge humbucker further from the strings? That would reduce the gain and make it slightly more 'vintage' sounding.

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:56 pm
by resistorman
Wow! What a great surprise! You art a lucky man to have such a wonderful wife...

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:44 pm
by Dynamic Mike
Sam Spoons wrote:Have you thought of adjusting the bridge humbucker further from the strings? That would reduce the gain and make it slightly more 'vintage' sounding.

Now why didn't I think of that? Thanks for suggesting it.

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:29 pm
by Studio Support Gnome
Dynamic Mike wrote:
Studio Support Gnome wrote:I'm considering asking for a wife swap arrangement

My newer model (only coming up on 30 years ) clearly lacks this "surprise pressies" feature in proper implementation that your model has.

Sadly I think this may be a once in a wifetime experience.

damn this forum needs a like button

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:13 am
by Dynamic Mike
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Ain't she pretty? :D
Not posted pics before so apologies in advance if this doesn't work.

Re: Shocked? Or just Dropkicked?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:25 pm
by Humble Bee
What a lovely guitar! I have been gasing for a Duesenberg for years but never pulled the trigger . Always thought they sounded killer especially the neck P90... Has it got the special middle position where that bridge HB is split?
Lucky you!