What is the consensus on Duesenberg these days???

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  1. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Member

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    Ok, so I've wanted a Duesenberg Starplayer TV for years, and may finally be in a position to start looking again. However, everytime I start asking questions and doing research, there is a lot of positive and negative assessments. Are these still pretty popular guitars?

    I think the thing that concerns me most is, how is the quality? Also, there is a lot of angry posts out there about where they are made....some say Germany, some say elsewhere. What's the truth?

    Not trying to open a can of worms, but I just don't know that much about the company other than the fact that I want a Starplayer.
     
  2. Lt Dak

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    The P&W guys seem to like em still. The only other players I can think of who play them are Jason Isbell and Mike Campbell.

    I've only played one, and it seemed like a nice guitar. I've heard the "Asian made, German assembled" thing as well. I don't know how much is true, but if it is, the price is a bit high, IMO.
     
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    Korea and fine guitars. TGP around here Korea is too high must be a certain price. Duesenberg cheated us by not telling that little bit of info. Bull. Most want one and cannot afford it. On TGP they are too high for a Korean guitar. Opinion time. They are some of the finest instruments ever crafted. My opinion only.
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  4. Strat

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    "popular" ? well, they are fine, the pu config is unusual and interesting. They have their own sound going - not really like anything else. The build is good, the finish is pretty thick, the neck is fantastic for my tastes and I have had no issues with my Starplayer for the many years I've owned it - although it was purchased in Germany and a bit different from the later US imports - IT has a Bigsby for one thing. Mine is Sea Foam Green.
     
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    You have to await the verdict of the Duesenberg trials, before any conclusion can be made. ;)

    Jokes aside: They sure look cool, and what I've played of their trems gave me a good impression.
     
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    I like them, but never felt the urge to own one. They may be overpriced, but they are unique, and are far from the only brand that is (if you think they are).
     
  7. Mikhael

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    They've never made anything I was interested in, although they look cool.
     
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    I may be wrong, but I get the impression from other posts you've made that you've never actually played a Duesenberg...so what are you basing this opinion on?

    My opinion: they look cool, and they sound pretty good. But they're expensive, and to me, just don't feel as nice as some other similarly priced guitars. I mean, if it's what you want, and it will make you happy to have it, get it. But I just can't justify the price for them.
     
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    They look cool, except for that gold D on the top. I'm not gonna get one.
     
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    I played a Mike Campbell model recently and came away very GAS'd. This Fullerton Elite Catalina is very high on my wish list too.

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  12. Yamaha 350

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    I want the black Star Player so bad.
     
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    Good guitars, well made. They have the same problem as most Gibsons for me at least; As to having to run the racks to find the one that speaks to you. My favorite feature is the trem & scale length of the Starplayer.
     
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    The ones that look interesting to me simply cost too much. I can walk away with a Japanese built Gretsch (some of the best instruments on the planet), or a used Fender Custom shop for the same price.

    Aesthetically, they are a little over the top for my taste as well.
     
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    This is the Deuce I have my eye on. Love the levers on the bridge.

     
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    Well now I know the next song I'm learning on my Lap Steel...
     
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    great unique guitars, and they are always good for little innovations that make your life better.
    especially hardware and PUs are top notch, certainly no need to upgrade.
    typical player's guitars, not overly collector oriented.
    the only downside - they are priced a bit too high for that ...
    not the fault of the instruments, if you find yourself an affordable one, chances are you'll get a keeper.
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    And Peter Stroud. And Butch Walker. And John Mayer. And Dave Stewart.
     
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    You can add Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, and Mike McCready to that list. Also pretty sure Keith Richards has one. Oh, and Johnny Depp.
     
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    Ron Wood uses one. Oh, and Bob Dylan!
     

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