Whatever happened to the Galaxie 2?

It’s a question I never EVER hear.  Never.  Ever.  I can’t remember the last time someone asked that.  It’s been years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought for sure the Galaxie 2 would be the model that took off, it was cheaper than the Galaxie 4, and didn’t have that four pickup weirdness going on that the guitar world still has a hard time wrapping it’s head around.

And yet here it is, 15 years later, and the Los Straitjacket Galaxie is far and away our best selling instrument, while the Galaxie 2 has not been available  for over 8 years.

There is a very specific asethetic going on with four pickup guitars.  If you thing I’m overstating things, have a look for yourself:

http://www.pinterest.com/dipintogutiars/4-pickup-guitars/

The thing that really stands out, I think, is that these guitars really stand out. They are all made to grab whatever attention they can get.  They are not plain, they are not guitars for standing on the sidelines with.

And then there is the time frame that these guitars represent.  All of these guitars were made in the 60′s or early 70′s.  Except the Galaxie. I searched high and low for another  a four pickup guitar currently on the market, or something from the recent past. (if you know of any, let us know!)  Even though retro style guitars are making a comeback these days, four pickups still seems too way out there, and no other company has produced one.

When we first exhibited the Galaxie 4 at NAMM there was a lot of eye rolling, a lot of pointing and laughing, but then we started working with Los Straitjackets, and they were drawn to the model like moths to flame.

And the Galaxie 2?  It’s redesigned and ready for a comeback.  Look for it this summer!

 

Inspiration

 Danny Amis aka Daddy-O Grande is back on tour with Los Straitjackets after a long-fought battle with cancer.  This is great on so many levels, but for us the best part is seeing Daddy-O back in the mask and back on tour.
Los Straijackets have been working with DiPinto for so long that our first few photo shoots with them are cataloged on film and contact sheets.  It’s been at least 10 years, maybe more since we first met them in Nashville.  Some artists come and go, but over the years, even through Danny’s illness the band has been hard-working, consistent, dedicated, and really, really, really good at what they do.

 

The idea for instrument manufacturers, is that working with great artists will sell lots of guitars, but the really great artists do way more.  They insipre, they make you want to play better, or they make you want pick up an instrument in the first place.  We have been fortunate enough to luck into working with some really amazing musicians.  The fact that they stay with us for the the long haul, I hope that says something about us.

If you don’t know Los Straitjackets by now, I’m a little partial to this song:

Los Straitjackets are on tour right now. Go check ‘em out, you’ll be glad you did!

tour dates:
http://www.straitjackets.com/fr_intro.cfm

Visit the YepRoc website and enter to win a signed DiPinto Guitar, proceeds go to help Danny with medical bills:

http://www.yeproc.com/daddy-o-grande-returns-to-the-stage-with-los-straitjackets-get-an-official-shirt-poster-and-enter-to-win-a-dipinto-guitar-autographed-by-the-band