Custom Duane Eddy Signature Model
An Elevated Archtop Electronics aside, the Duane Eddy is a high-end archtop electric that can cruise with the best of Gibson's long tradition in the genre. Its highly figured maple top, back and sides, ebony fingerboard with custom inlays, and multi-ply body and f-hole bindings bespeak an elegance rarely seen since the jazz age, while its medium-depth body, rounded cutaway, and slim, fast neck profile provide the comfort and playability that a rock and roller like Eddy demands. Add the versatile Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, perfect for anything from a subtle shimmy to a driving wobble, and you've got one cool and rockin' guitar on your hands. Wrap it all up in the Duane Eddy's unique Rockabilly Brown finish - which exhibits subtle maroon and oxblood highlights within the grain of the highly figured maple body - and the results are breathtaking.
The Custom Shop Duane Eddy is produced in strictly limited numbers, and each guitar comes with a Custom Shop case, Certificate of Authenticity, and Custom Care kit.
The Acoustic Under the Hood
In addition to its two custom-wound single coil pickups, the Duane Eddy carries a bridge pickup, with individual piezo saddles mounted in the tune-o-matic bridge translating high-fidelity, acoustic guitar-like sounds from each of the guitar's six strings. Use the magnetic pickups in their traditional manner, with individual volume and tone controls for each, or lift the pull switch on the bridge pickup's tone control to engage the piezo pickup, and rotate it to achieve any blend between the two modes. With these simple controls, it's possible to craft your own entirely original blend of acoustic and electric tones, and to segue swiftly and smoothly between the two. As such, the Duane Eddy electronics help to open up an entirely new world of sonic possibilities.
Applying a nitrocellulose finish to any Gibson guitar is one of the most labor-intensive elements of the guitar-making process. A properly applied nitro finish requires extensive man hours, several evenly applied coats, and an exorbitant amount of drying time. But this fact has never swayed Gibson into changing this time-tested method, employed ever since the first Gibson guitar was swathed with lacquer back in 1894. Why? For starters, a nitro finish dries to a much thinner coat than a polyurethane finish, which means there is less interference with the natural vibration of the instrument, allowing for a purer tone. A nitro finish is also a softer finish, which makes it easily repairable. You can touch up a scratch or ding on a nitro finish, but you can't do the same on a poly finish. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous in nature, and actually gets thinner over time. It does not "seal" wood in an airtight shell-as a poly finish does-and allows the wood to breathe and age properly.