Tested By Mark Watson Having trouble getting noticed on stage lately? The old '59 flame top not getting the oohs and aahs it used to? These two guitars from DiPinto and Minarik not only offer stunningly different looks, but also stellar tones that could be just what you need to reinvigorate your sound and ratchet up your stage presence. DiPinto Galaxie 4
Pickup number two is a little warmer sounding, pickup three is funky with some clucky attitude, and the neck pickup is clear, punchy, and a perfect fit for Ventures- and Duane Eddy-style explorations. All of the Galaxie's dual-pickup sounds are plenty chimey, but the secret weapons are the four on/off rocker switches that allow you to run all the pickups at once or in any combination. Because of this feature, the array of tones the Galaxie delivers is quite astounding, and you can go from laser-beam highs to fat as a slab of salt pork-and anywhere in between-simply by experimenting with switch combinations. The only performance issue is a grounding problem, as the guitar produces audible hum whenever you remove your hands from the strings, bridge, or tailpiece. At a street price just under $500, this is a guitar that every player who seeks out unique and bizarre tonal colors should own. Yeah, you can sound normal if you want to, but reserve the conventional tones for your traditional guitars and let your inner tone freak get jiggy with the Galaxie 4. Whether you want to twang, jangle, pummel, punch, or kerrang, the Galaxie will get you there in style, and it's outer limits approach to design and tone wins it an Editors' Pick Award. Run, don't walk, to try one out! Minarik Inferno
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