may 2014

This sexy synthesis of vintage Gibson and Mosrite is punky and rocking, yet surprisingly civilized.

DiPinto Melody Mach IV, Middle Pickup, Clean Amp2 by premierguitar

From the sidewalk outside, DiPinto Guitars doesn’t look that different from a dozen other tastefully curated, well-stocked American guitar shops. But from that little shop in Philly’s Fishtown district, Chris DiPinto has built a tidy and growing business in ’60s-styled guitars that play great and don’t cost a lot of bread.

The Melody Mach IV is a new twist on the company’s excellent Mosrite homage, the Mach IV. The first Mach IV was a glammed-up, surf- and deuce-coupe-centric design with zinging single-coils, custom colors, and racing stripes. Now DiPinto has melded the Mach IV’s alluring lines with hardware and design elements from Gibson’s entry level warhorses, the Melody Maker and the Les Paul Jr, transforming the Mach IV into a punky yet elegant guitar capable of a surprising array of moods.

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