Playing Duesenberg on the Road with Johnny Clegg

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We’re about three weeks into the 2016 Johnny Clegg north American tour and the custom-built Starplayer guitar that the guys at Duesenberg sent me has been a constant source of delight. I’m so pleased this tone machine arrived before we hit the road. In a matter of days this became my “go to” guitar for just about everything.

My eternal thanks to Ingo and Dieter at Duesenberg. Pics by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

EDIT: A few people have asked about the clean sound and the signal path on this guitar. The bridge on there is actually a Graphtech piezo acoustic pickup. The pot on the horn is mag volume. Two pots on the scratchplate are piezo volume and mag tone. Output – that is stereo with a balanced cable taking the signal via a Lehle DC Filter (to kill active rail voltage pops) to a Lehle stereo switcher (Little Lehle or 3@1, depending on the requirement) where it y-splits, mags to Kemper profiling amplifier and Piezo to the house via a PZ DI. I have control over the levels using the volume knobs, but our engineer has discrete control over both signals on separate channels and pans them slightly to widen the sound up.

I didn’t opt for all the extra switches to switch the acoustiphonic pre, etc. as I felt in the heat of battle, the simplest setup would be the most intuitive to play. Ingo at Duesenberg suggested using a single TRS (stereo) Jack rather than two mono TS outputs. It has worked swimmingly well

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Duesenberg

Full Monty

My new baby just cleared the factory floor at the Duesenberg facility in Hannover, Germany. I literally can not wait to play this beast. This is a custom-built ivory white Starplayer TV Custom with a Graphtech Ghost piezo system (it sounds like an electric and an acoustic at the same time). Check the pics!

Thanks to Ingo and Dieter at Duesenberg, Andreas Barth at Music Experience, Cape Town and Dave Dunwoodie at Graphtech.

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