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Di Donato Guitars Launches in Italy

The instrument is built with a casted aluminum body and an upper wood element for ergonomics and tonality.

Venice, Italy (November 2, 2011) -- Di Donato, a luthier's company in Venice, Italy, has launched a new electric guitar applying concepts from their experience crafting voiles, violas, and cellos.

The instrument is built with a casted aluminum body and an upper wood element for ergonomics and tonality. The aluminum body is countered similar to the soundboard of a violin and designed to transfer vibrations to and from other parts of the instrument.

The neck, which is attached to the aluminum part of the body, is almost headless and features a proprietary locking system. Di Donato says this makes the guitar more balanced in weight and tonal response. The necks are made by hand with "tap tested" pieces of wood for best results. The company prides themselves on attention to detail, saying, "Not only every fret is worked and polished by hand but every single tang is interrupted before the border of the fret board. Every single slot, before neck’s painting, is sealed by a small piece of wood. For us, also the smallest detail is fundamental: dots are not painted or made by plastic, but they are realized with pieces of pure ebony."

Every instrument is completely handcrafted and customizable, down to the handmade pots and interchangeable electronics. The pickups are mainly single-coil and are also hand-wound by Di Donato. The company describes them as between a P-90 and Jazzmaster-style pickup, though they say they are also working on a dual blade humbucker.

PRICE: $5500
NUT WIDTH: 1.65"
NECK: 25” scale, quartersawn kaya mahogany
FRETBOARD: 10" radius, premium Indian rosewood
FRETS: Stainless, Gold Evo
TUNERS: ABM Headless Bridge
BODY: Aluminum and kaya mahogany
PICKUPS: dual didonato JP90 single coil (AWG42 heavy formwar wire, A4 magnets)
CONTROLS: 1 Volume & 1 Tone, 3-way toggle
BUILT: Made in Italy
WEIGHT: 6.61 lbs
FACTORY STRINGS: Elixir Nanoweb, .010-.046

NECK WOOD: Quartersawn maple or Spanish cedar
FRETBOARD WOOD: Madagascar rosewood, Amazon rosewood, maple, or pau ferro
BODY WOOD: Korina, alder, or maple
PICKUPS: Single-coil or humbucker (plain enamel, polysol wire, A2, A3, A5, A8, or ceramic magnets)

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