Philadelphia, PA (January 11, 2017) -- After 20 years of building a respected name in retro guitars designed in the US and built overseas, DiPinto has decided to take the brand to a new level and bring all production back to America! We are working with a factory nearby our Philadelphia, PA headquarters, and we are unveiling our first line of USA made guitars at the 2017 NAMM show!
How will they be different?
USA guitars are American lightweight swamp ash. The bodies of Korean-made guitars were either basswood or mahogany (some early guitars were poplar, but they became too heavy.) Weight was often an issue no matter what wood was being used.
USA guitars have hard German frets.
USA guitars have 3-piece quartersawn maple necks, this is an improvement over our regular maple with weaker scarf joint at 3rd-1st fret.
USA guitars have US CTS pots. This is an upgrade from the mini pots we were previously using.
USA tone cap is vintage Soviet NOS cap.
USA finishes are smoother not so gloss/plastic looking and feeling.
USA craftsmanship is still the best. All bodies, necks, pickguard, fretboards, inlay, finishes, setup and wiring is done by USA workers.
Besides USA made plastic for guards, all the other parts are the same. Pickups, bridge, tremolo and tuners are all very well made and even sought after by Jazzmaster enthusiasts, so we chose to continue using them.
While our imported guitars ranged from $777-$1050, our American made instruments will retail between $1600 and $1800, keeping with the original idea of making top quality guitars that sell within the budget of a working musician.
USA Guitars can be ordered immediately.
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