NBD - Duesenberg Starplayer - Art Deco Content!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Killing Floor, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Hi, Y'all! Just brought this home today and played 'til my fingers bled, just like it says in the owner manual. Smooth as silk and oh my God, chrome!
    I've been stalking hollows for a while and this was always on the radar but there aren't many to be had right now. And funny story, the dealer discounted it because they thought it didn't work. Shhhh, it's not a position switch, it's a kill switch. So no sound is off, not broken. But thanks for the discount anyway. It's 8 lbs. on the money, not bad. It's a 30.7" scale, took exactly 1 second to find my way from my P to the shorty. The frets are very nicely finished, Plek machined. There's not a buzz or rattle to be found.

    So funny story, in case you need one, I showed my wife the basses I was looking at including a white Jack Casady and a red Gretsch and this one. I said "check out the Art Deco details, this would look great hanging in the office." She said "get it, that's cool". Easy as that. So make sure to point it out as decor instead of just another bass. Works for me. The detailing is really fun, classic and modern, total European nod to Deco. Binding end to end including the f. Flamed back. Unique machines and hardware and threaded strap locking. Waiting anxiously for a creama leather strap. Currently wearing Roto 77 (I think?), I've got some LB that I'll probably throw on at some point. So much fun to play. Really easy reach (even though I have long arms and big hands), great balance on the strap. The arched back feels pretty good too.
    The 2 buckers are pretty fiery too. The tone has a little Ric type growl with the tone dimed and with the neck on and tone off it's close enough to a P that it's within my comfort zone. But it's just unique enough sounding to be a complement to my collection.

    Pics or it didn't happen:
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  2. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
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  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    And yeah, it comes with bandages!
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  4. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    That is very cool!
    Are those locking tuners or is the wheel on the back for friction adjustment?
    I can't believe it balances on a strap.
  5. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    They are not locking strings. Best I can tell is that is a cover. Post is hollow through the back. Yeah, it hangs pretty well, neck is pretty short and smaller headstock than some.
  6. Beautiful instrument!
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  7. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    It's A Duesie.
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  8. Earthshaker


    Jun 28, 2000
    Damn, that's BEAUTIFUL!
  9. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
  10. JKos

    JKos Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    Surprise, AZ
    Lovely! If I ever get a hollow body, that's exactly the model I want.
  11. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    A lot of cool details, I really like the knobs.

  12. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Love the D tail.
  13. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    I dig it.
  14. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    So.... do you like your Duesenberg more now that you've got some replies? :rolleyes:
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  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    No. I like it the same. I have been playing this one the most. I think I am enjoying the scale. But thank you for asking. I'd get one again. They are scarce in the states.
    Yeah, they do a lot of branding, more than most. Not so subtle.
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  16. maddogsauce

    maddogsauce Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2020
    I'm seriously considering one of these right now. I'm curious though, what size strings are you using? Every photo I see shows the strings wound around the tuners past the silks. Are these medium scale strings on a short scale bass? Would short scale strings be long enough?
  17. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Ha, yes I stuck a set of 34” standard TI on mine because I grabbed the wrong set out of a drawer. I have a short set on hand for when I need it.
    Scale is 30.7” but the tailpiece?? The 32” scale is probably the best bet. I believe all the other Duesenberg basses are 34” scale.
  18. maddogsauce

    maddogsauce Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2020
    Ah, good deal. I'm actively searching for one of these right now, hoping to land one at a decent price or on trade soon.
  19. pfern

    pfern PFern Supporting Member

    The build quality on Duesenbergs is way off the charts. I love the over-engineered case too. 7 latches!
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  20. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    That is one sharp looking class act!
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