World, June 2001
Cheap Thrills, Cool Stuff for Under $800
• By Domenic Hilton
Geek love, four left field electrics that make their
own bold fashion statements.
DiPinto Galaxie 4
With its exaggerated headstock and extra single-coil pickup, the
Korean-made Galaxie 4 has all the googy appeal of a vintage made-in-Japan
Strat knockoff. But unlike its tawdry precursors, the Galaxie 4
is well made, and a pleasure to play. It's attractive too, with
an offset, double-cutaway poplar body that features a red lacquer
finish with matching tortoiseshell pickguard and headstock face.
The quartet of funky DiPinto single-coils deliver everything from
lush jangles to snappy twang, and the Jaguar-style tremolo offers
fluid, subtle whammy warble without losing its firm grip on the
tuning. The comfortably profiled black lacquered bolt-on maple neck
features fine fretting and low action, while the rosewood fingerboard
sports cool star inlays and 22 polished jumbo frets. Sure it looks
silly, but the Galaxie 4 is one seriously playable tone machine.
DiPinto Galaxie 2
DiPinto takes a slightly more conventional route with the Galaxie
2, serving up four single-coils in a dual-humbuckers configuration,
a Tune-o-matic, stop tailpiece, dot inlays, and a natural satin
finish on the neck. Otherwise, the construction of this custard
yellow Galaxie 2 is identical to that of the Galaxie 4. The pickup
arrangement pumps out big ballsy tones with rich overtones and excellent
sustain, thanks to the fixed bridge. The Galaxie 2's neck is also
great to play with stellar fretting and sustain-pumping fat profile.
Yet another serious guitars in DiPinto's fun filled outfit.
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