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DiPinto: Galaxie 4 Deluxe

Magazine article Guitar Player

DiPinto: Galaxie 4 Deluxe

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DIPINTO'S PENCHANT FOR PAWNSHOP aesthetics rises to a new level with the Galaxie 4 Deluxe, which gives a nod to Juan Miro with its asymmetrical shape, Sonic Blue/White finish, and 'oOs-era "serape" plastic for the pickguard and headstock overlay. A quartet of playful looking rocker switches activates the four hum-cancelling single-coil pickups, and the Volume and Tone pots are topped with gold-reflector knobs that could be straight off an early-'60s Airline table radio.

The Galaxie 4's melange of eye-popping elements coalesce in a pro guitar that features a medium depth, bolt-on neck with a wide-ish profile that is topped with a 25 1/2"-scale rosewood fingerboard carved to a 12" radius. It's a comfy setup with low action and smoothly finished frets, and overall, the guitar gets good marks for playability. The strings are guided over a fully adjustable roller bridge to terminate in a Jaguar/Jazzmaster-style floating vibrato tailpiece with a plug-in arm. It's handy for subtle pitch bends and definitely looks cool, but I had some trouble keeping the strings in tune if I got too rambunctious with the bar. Unfortunately you can't lock the vibrato either, as is possible with a Fender unit.

The Galaxie 4's chambered mahogany body gives a noticeably resonant acoustic sound, and that translated to plenty of shimmer and "air" when plugged into either a Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue or a Mesa/Boogie Mark Five: 25 (the latter driving a Mesa slant-front 1x12 cabinet). Messing around with the pickup switches made me appreciate just how many different sounds are available here, and with a bit of experimenting it was easy to find settings for crisp clean tones, funky rhythm textures, meaty crunch, and corpulent high-gain sounds. The pickups have a nice balance of warmth and definition, they're very quiet, and they also have a fairly strong output. …

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