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The New Continuing Dipinto Galaxie 4 Los Straitjackets Thread Live …

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Tavo, did you have your pickups rewound to still fit in the square pickup covers?

477

As I continue my heretical ways of posting non-Gretsch content on a Gretsch board, a good deal popped up on a Dipinto 5-way switch guitar a little while ago.

I don't know the seller.

https://reverb.com/item/256...

478

Does anyone here know if Gotoh or Grover locking tuners drop into a Galaxie without a redrill for the set screw?

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Just found/read this thread. Wow, I've lead a sheltered life....

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And all these years later, I still have the one and only purest manifestation, the very apotheosis, of the DiPinto Galaxie IV Los Straitjackets model - with Certified Super-Stock Fridge Magnetificent pickups AND the über-rare kill-for-and-bury-body Chrome-Ringed Rockin' Red Rocker switching AND matching Red Dome Chromtastic UFO knobbage.

Behold and weep.

No Straitjacket, not even Chris DiP himself ever achieved this harmonic balance of ruddy roseate ruby scarlet crimson accents with authentic hot rod chromitude to adorn the guitar's deep why-is-it-even-OFFERED-in-other-finishes zenith of all silver sparkly retro-futura nostalgaic metalflake plasticene skin - not to mention its mother-of-Tavo's-50s-formica-kitchen eggyolk-n-milk pearloid pickguard (AND matching headstock overlay, natch).

When in scarcely imagined futures digital archaeologists dig through the petabytes of fragmented remains of our era and come across images of these guitars, this is the one that will magisterially proclaim itself as the One and Only True Archetype of all that is Galaxtic.

It's just obvious.

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Not to mention badass!

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And all these years later, I still have the one and only purest manifestation, the very apotheosis, of the DiPinto Galaxie IV Los Straitjackets model - with Certified Super-Stock Fridge Magnetificent pickups AND the über-rare kill-for-and-bury-body Chrome-Ringed Rockin' Red Rocker switching AND matching Red Dome Chromtastic UFO knobbage.

Behold and weep.

No Straitjacket, not even Chris DiP himself ever achieved this harmonic balance of ruddy roseate ruby scarlet crimson accents with authentic hot rod chromitude to adorn the guitar's deep why-is-it-even-OFFERED-in-other-finishes zenith of all silver sparkly retro-futura nostalgaic metalflake plasticene skin - not to mention its mother-of-Tavo's-50s-formica-kitchen eggyolk-n-milk pearloid pickguard (AND matching headstock overlay, natch).

When in scarcely imagined futures digital archaeologists dig through the petabytes of fragmented remains of our era and come across images of these guitars, this is the one that will magisterially proclaim itself as the One and Only True Archetype of all that is Galaxtic.

It's just obvious.

– Proteus

I really kneeeeed those chrome rings, it would make my tru-arc serpentune pop!! this bridge is a game changer btw.. what are you doing with that tone suckin tubbocratic bridge on your G4 for?

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I really kneeeeed those chrome rings

Sorry, I buried the body. Don't even remember where.

what are you doing with that tone suckin tubbocratic bridge

Cain't afford the Serp. Or wait! maybe I have one, but was keeping it in stock for the run on SerpenTune-for-Galaxie bridges I knew would follow its reveal.

But I agree, it should have one.

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I retrofitted the Ric banjo bridge on mine and put one of those cheap roller tuneomatics that Chris D used to put on the Deluxe (and some of the safari models I think). Heresy!!

486

Well hmm. The depicted Galaxie is actually my second. The first (pictured here) had the Ric banjo bridge, which gave it a marvelously trashy (and appropriate) 60s-Japanese-Invasion tone.

But I was curious about the Tuna-on-Studs versions and ordered one in. It turned out to have a more vivid sparkle with less of a greenish cast - and at the time I approved of the punchier, more focused and direct tone of the stud-mounted bridge. (Fewer wacky pawn-shop overtones, etc.) The combination of the two factors (but probably, shallowly, the finish more than the bridge) convinced me to keep the Tuna version and release the Ric-bridge version back into the wild.

I've often thought I made the wrong choice tonally, and kinda wish I had the trashy bridge back - and now I'm not even sure I was right about the finish.

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I agree - the weird overtones that the banjo bridge added gave the guitar a lot more character and I miss it for that, but not enough that I want to put it back on.

It's pretty commonly agreed around here that roller bridges of any type are tone suckers, but I like them, and the heavy weight that the roller bridge has covers for my over-enthusiastic picking hand.

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I agree - the weird overtones that the banjo bridge added gave the guitar a lot more character and I miss it for that, but not enough that I want to put it back on.

It's pretty commonly agreed around here that roller bridges of any type are tone suckers, but I like them, and the heavy weight that the roller bridge has covers for my over-enthusiastic picking hand.

– Devil's Tool

you'd be amazed at the difference in response on this instrument is w the serpentune stainless steel. I put 11g pyramid flats (roundcore) on it, nice n slippery. No need for

:)

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Bango Rilla did a thing, and it worked out good, and didn't cost an arm and a leg, just a few bananas.

Winfield Vintage produces a conversion plate for TOM bridges to retrofit onto Rickenbackers - turns out it works smooth on a Dipinto too!

Keeps that banjo jangle more than drilling studs for a TOM bridge (Bango has done both).

https://reverb.com/item/835...

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I really kneeeeed those chrome rings

Sorry, I buried the body. Don't even remember where.

what are you doing with that tone suckin tubbocratic bridge

Cain't afford the Serp. Or wait! maybe I have one, but was keeping it in stock for the run on SerpenTune-for-Galaxie bridges I knew would follow its reveal.

But I agree, it should have one.

– Proteus

I still want those chrome rings, why wont you confess your source!!Plus you still havent done a demo on that western swing riff for us?? good lord, stop writing 10 trillion pages and start filmin stuff already. I miss your video escapades not the newspapers:)

btw.. the serpentune bridge on this Galaxy 4 changes daah phuhque outa the instrument, in the best way possible. Tuning stability conquered, sustain for days, clarity of wound string increased, unwound strings defined in open chords.. value =100%

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Eddie - clowning around with the spare???

https://www.flickr.com/phot...

– vibrotwang

I didn't think their spare(s) had the newer roller bridge, but who knows, a stock Dipinto of any stripe is gong to work in those magician's hands.

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In quest for knowledge (and boredom), went searching for chrome surrounds (did not find). Know that Chris Dipinto custom custom paints some switch surrounds still. Have, by chance, a broken button so took it apart. Put it back together and took it apart again, so non-destructive. If ya bananas for chrome rings you could pull the switches out and paint them.

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Also found when searching. Suspect that during a certain time frame the chrome base was available (or, someone was taking the time to paint them?)

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I think @proteus is holding out on purpose! The clown nose buttons still with no upgrade

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I didn't think their spare(s) had the newer roller bridge, but who knows, a stock Dipinto of any stripe is gong to work in those magician's hands.

– Devil's Tool

Since it was at a gig and not the usual blade switch guitar I thought it might have been their spare. It could have been a loaner while his #1 was being serviced. Should I practice the guitar or endlessly search the Internet for more photos from that tour to see if the mystery can be solved?!?? Hmmm....


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