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DiPinto Galaxie 4 - Los Straitjackets Electric Guitar

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The radical design elements of the Galaxie 4 electric guitar may require a certain sartorial confidence on stage, but much of the guitar's strength i...Click To Read More About This Product

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DiPinto has designed a model that straddles the line between classic American design and import oddities.

The radical design elements of the Galaxie 4 electric guitar may require a certain sartorial confidence on stage, but much of the guitar's strength is functional. The Galaxie 4's matching tortoise pickguard and headstock ensemble, star inlays, and four (count 'em, four) pickups scream fun. But the angled headstock combines cool surf looks with the ability to maintain tension across the 42mm nut without the use of string trees. This is especially functional on the Galaxie 4, where it helps the tremolo stay in tune.

This lightweight poplar guitar also balances extremely well, with the neck hanging at a very comfortable angle when you're strapped in. The maple, 4-bolt neck is attached to the headstock with a luthiers' joint. The DiPinto Galaxie 4 guitar's Jaguar style tremolo maintains the guitars tuning, bending one string doesn't throw the others out of tune, and the guitar sustains well. It has a 25-1/2" scale length and a club-like shape to the neck.

If three pickups are good, four must be better! At first it might seem that the dudes at DiPinto Guitars decided to go a little nuts with the wiring set up, but, like its looks, the wiring of the Galaxie 4 electric guitar is as functional as it is freaky. The 5-way switch offers bridge pickup alone, bridge and two adjacent pickups, middle two, all four (yahoo!), or neck pickup alone. Positions 3 and 4 are hum-canceling combinations of the single coils.

These guitar pickups have plenty of punch. The bridge pickup provides a nice twang but also has enough midrange to sound good distorted. Position 2 offers a fine funk tone, and the neck pickup by itself gives enough warmth for jazz combined with plenty of bite for blues. The middle two together make a unique sound that may someday be known as the DiPinto Guitar Tone, like a single-coil neck/middle combo but with more mids.

The strength of the Galaxie 4 guitar lies in its style both visually and sonically. Take one of these on-stage and the audience will be talking about it for weeks. Onstage or in the studio, the DiPinto Galaxie 4 will give you a leg up on developing a sound of your own. At these prices they can be a welcome addition to your collection for that special sonic or stage occasion. Case sold separately.

Body: Mahogany
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood with star or dot inlay
Contruction: Bolt-on neck
Frets: 22
Scale: 25-1/2"
Pickup: Four DiPinto single coil
Selector: 5-position switch or 4 rocker switches
Controls: One volume, one tone
Bridge: Floating intonatable bridge w/ removable cover
Tuners: Enclosed gear, pearl button machines
Case sold separately

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DiPintoGalaxie 4 - Los Straitjackets Electric Guitar

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Terrific all-around guitar

By Treble Booster

from Chicago, IL

Comments about DiPinto Galaxie 4 - Los Straitjackets Electric Guitar:

Great guitar for rock, country, blues (wouldn't recommend it for high gain styles, pickups can get microphonic). Nice wide flat neck that's a cross between a PRS and modern Fender. Stays in tune even with vibrato abuse. Great design and playability for the g-player who needs a wide variety of useful tones.

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


Fun Guitar!

By Crotchwallader

from So Cal

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Comments about DiPinto Galaxie 4 - Los Straitjackets Electric Guitar:

This is a unique guitar. May not be for everyone, but perfect for me. It's got a 50s, 60s vibe. Think Surf, early Rock and Roll, soundtracks to Green Acres, noir Jazz films, Spaghetti Westerns-----and Retro Outer Space Guitar! You can also play some Blues and Rock, but not heavy metal. This is a welcome addition to my collection. I will be going to this guitar first for Surf and Rock and Roll Instrumentals. Viva Los Straitjackets! (Hear them play this baby on YouTube.)
It's got everything you need----and then some.
Made in Korea. Top quality components. Better than some of my Fenders.
Great for the money.

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Great guitar

By Bill

from Phoenix, AZ

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Comments about DiPinto Galaxie 4 - Los Straitjackets Electric Guitar:

I've had the guitar for a few days and continue to be impressed by the decisions that went into the design of it. Everything is comfortable (the balance when sitting or standing is perfect), the hardware is top quality, and the workmanship is amazing.

I'm tempted to say "For the price..." but really, price doesn't enter into the equation. This is a well made instrument. The neck is among the best I've ever played, with a nice satin feel to the back of the neck, and no issues with the fretwork at all.

The pickups sound great, and the RW/RP choices when combining them (not all combinations, but quite a few) make the single coils hum-free even with heavy distortion.

The only adjustment I made was to lower the action a tiny bit, just a personal preference, and I replaced the 10-gauge strings with 9s.

I'd say it's not suitable for metal, but for everything else, this is a quality instrument, with a fantastic clean tone that can do a decent job driving most amps if needed.

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