Player Magazine, December 2004
DiPinto Galaxie 4 Review • By Art
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 could be just what you need to reinvigorate
your sound and ratchet up your stage presence.
DiPinto Galaxie 4
If you've ever been mesmerized by the mysterious guitar sounds heard
on many older instrumental records, movies, and TV shows, well,
welcome to the club! Many of those sounds are instantly recognizable,
and the Galaxie 4 ($749 retail/$499 street) ”designed for
Eddie Angel [and Danny Amis] of the fierce surf/instrumental band
Los Straitjackets” is
well suited for those types of music where clean tones and a strong
attack are de rigueur, though it's equally at home blasting through
a snotty half-stack.
The Galaxie's way-out body design dazzles the eyes with a flawless
silver metal-flake finish, and a striking gold pearl pickguard that
holds the pickups, controls, and switches. The 22-fret maple neck
attaches to the body with four screws, has a vintage feel, and delivers
excellent intonation. The color-matched peghead is shaped like a
'60s coffee table, and its angled headstock eliminates the need
for string trees. The tuners are fully enclosed, high quality, and
quite swank looking with their white pearl buttons. The Galaxie
also sports a floating bridge with a removable cover (for muted
playing), and its cool wang bar plugs into the tailpiece and stays
where you put it.
The Galaxie's four angular single-coils look and sound like nothing
else. The lead pickup is bright and jangly, and it sounds aggressive
without being brash. 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 with get you there in style,
and it's outer limits approach to design and tone wins it an Editors'
Run, don't walk, to try one out!
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