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USED - The Duesenberg 49er delivers the best proof that traditional electric guitars can, through well-aimed and experienced fine-tuning, be made to produce brand new, brilliant sound. That is, not only does the 49er take on classic form with a mahogany body and solid maple top, it comes equipped with coveted Duesenberg features like Z Tuners, Domino P90 and Grand Vintage pickups, innovative electronics and distinctive Duesenberg "three-step" Art Deco design elements. A unique feature of the 49er is the adjustable STB system, whereby the guitar strings are drawn through the body for optimal transfer of vibration. Furthermore, pressure at the bridge can be fine-tuned according to preference for each individual string. So, for example, the twang element of the bass strings (low setting) can be raised and combined with the softer response characteristics of the diskant strings (high setting), or vice versa. These are nuances that make up the huge difference between ordinary guitars and a Duesenberg!

LIST PRICE $3250

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Price: $2,579.00
 

 

SPECS

 

Neck

  • Type: traditionally glued in
  • Wood: 1-piece mahogany
  • 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: pearloid dots
  • Frets: 22 jumbo 2,8 x 1,0 mm
  • Scale length: 650 mm / 25.6″
  • Trussrod: steel dual-action
  • Headstock: rosewood veneer

 

 

Body

  • Type: solidbody, mahogany
  • Top: arched solid maple
  • Size: 44 x 32,5 x 5,8 cm – 17.32″ x 12.6″ x 2.26″
  • Binding: cream
  • Pickguard: cream
  • Finish: PUR lacquer

 

 

Hardware

  • Tuners: Duesenberg Z-Tuners, “Art Diego” buttons
  • Bridge: Duesenberg steel saddle bridge
  • Tailpiece: 6 string-through-body ferrules
  • Strap pins: Duesenberg standard
  • Hardware color: nickel
  • Strings: Duesenberg DSA10 (010-013-017-028-042-050)

 

 

Electronics

  • Pickup (neck): Duesenberg Domino P-90
  • Pickup (bridge): Duesenberg Grand Vintage Humbucker
  • Wiring: 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way pickup selector

 

 

Special Models

  • Outlaw: Skai-Leather on top and headstock

 

 

Accessories

  • Case: Custom Line case
  • Tools: all required allen keys (included)
 

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Zemaitis_Superior_Pearl_Inlay_SUA-201_Mondo_Cut_body_Korea_Humbucker_Black_9472NEW - With classic Zemaitis aesthetics and a comfortable thin profile 24 fret neck. Each piece of abalone or pearl inlay is positioned perfectly making the tops on these guitars truly outstanding. These guitars easily feel at home in any musical situation. Whether you’re keen to be ripping classic rock tunes, slinging some country or melting the house with searing metal licks the D2 Burst pickups will back you all the way! The C24 Pearl models are guitars that will always stand out in a crowd and of course when it’s hanging on your wall people will admire it for the classic work of art it is.

LIST PRICE $2700

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Includes free shipping, free expert guitar setup and a FREE autographed copy of the critically acclaimed book Rolling Stones Gear

Price: $1,399.00
 

SPECS

  • Body: Nato
  • Neck: 1-Piece Nato
  • Neck Width: 1.693" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 13 7/8" (350mm)
  • Scale: 25" (635mm)
  • Frets: 24 Frets / Medium
  • Neck Pickup: D2 Burst
  • Bridge Pickup: D2 Burst
  • Tuners: MH-1904Z
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-Way Toggle SW
  • Case: Hardshell case

A HISTORY OF TONY ZEMAITIS

Craftsman & Pioneer

tony_zemaitisAntanus Casimere Zemaitis, or Tony, was born in London, England in 1935. As a child he was constantly designing and building – everything from model flying airplanes to handmade bicycles. His creative talents first led him to cabinetry where he learned invaluable skills in working with wood, design and decoration.

In the 1950s, as a young guitar player, Tony was unsatisfied with the available guitars of the times. So taking cues from a friend’s classical guitar, he decided to build his own – the first Zemaitis guitar! From then on, it was a lifelong quest to hone his craft and experiment with new designs and materials in order to improve every guitar he made – a characteristic that would follow him throughout his life.

The Early Years

His creations first found attention on the London blues and folk scene where he performed alongside players like Davey Graham, Long John Baldry and Spencer Davis – all who fell in love with the great sound and playability of Zemaitis guitars.

Innovation

Always working to improve his designs, he hit on a major guitar innovation with the now famous Zemaitis Metal Front™. The original idea was to shield the guitar and reduce hum. The first was made for Tony McPhee of the Groundhogs and the idea was successful in more ways than one. Not only did it reduce noise, but the highly decorative, individually hand-engraved pieces became a signature piece of art favored by rock’s elite.

Next, he introduced the beautiful Zemaitis Pearl Front™ guitars—with an exquisitely inlayed front with a mosaic of abalone that twinkled and changed color in the light. These top of the line guitars soon became another signature model.

Worldwide Acclaim

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 4.51.50 PMBy the 1980s, his reputation for workmanship, styling, playability and tonal quality had made Tony Zemaitis a living legend. While highly coveted by collectors, Tony didn’t restrict his customers to just the rich and famous and always remained true to his ideals. Though he worked primarily by himself, producing just a handful of guitars every year, Tony was just as happy to work with enthusiastic amateur guitarists and even sold ‘Student’ grade models to those with lower budgets.

No matter what grade of guitar he made though, he always produced a great playing and sounding guitar. He always used quality materials and traditional luthier techniques such as 3-piece necks and 3-piece bodies for strength and stability and only ever made glued-neck construction to ensure the best possible sound.

It was the combination of quality, craftsmanship, innovation and determination that won this British guitar maker fans from all over the world. After 40 years of handcrafting fine guitars and having virtually created the ’boutique guitar’ Tony retired in 2000. He passed away on August 17, 2002

Carrying on the tradition

When he retired, Japanese guitar company Greco began discussions with Tony about the best way to pass on his craft to the next generation, and to continue the Zemaitis name and its reputation for quality and craftsmanship.

With the support of Tony’s wife and son, Ann and Tony Zemaitis, Jr., Greco has been able to make the rebirth of Zemaitis guitars a reality. We are honored to bear the Zemaitis torch and to pass along the craft and spirit of Tony Zemaitis to future generations. Carefully studying Tony’s original drawings, specifications, and guitars, our master craftsmen and luthiers are faithfully reproducing Zemaitis instruments with the same superior quality as those crafted by the man himself.

Teaming Up with Master Engraver Danny O’Brien

A big part of carrying on the Zemaitis tradition can be attributed to the services of Danny O’Brien, the master engraver who worked with Tony Zemaitis for many years. Danny’s tremendous skills and artistry have helped Greco ensure the continued authenticity and craftsmanship of this endeavor.

Danny O’Brien designs the unique and beautiful engravings for Zemaitis Metal Front™ guitars and all the other Zemaitis Guitar metal components, including the badge, truss rod cover, pickup mount rings, tailpiece, jackplate, and the rear plate. The work is then completed by hand by our team of shotgun engravers, schooled in the same techniques as Danny.

Danny’s new designs are helping carry out the history started by Tony Zemaitis. Greco And Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear welcome you to the next chapter in Zemaitis guitars!

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