9 Beautifully Crafted Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars

Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars - A Black left handed Duesenberg Starplayer TV
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Last Updated on May 1, 2021 by Chris

Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars

I’d never heard of Duesenberg guitars until around 2018, when I was watching some live videos of Dropkick Murphys on YouTube. I noticed that Ken Casey, their vocalist/bass player had a bass I didn’t recognize, so I searched online to find he was playing a Duesenberg Starplayer bass. Naturally, I checked online to see what left handed Duesenberg guitars were available.

Later I found that a number of artists I liked had been using Duesenberg guitars, such as Dave Stewart, Billy Gibbons, Paul McCartney, Slash, and Chris Cornell.

In this post, we’ll see what lefty Duesenberg guitars are in their current lineup.

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Who Are Duesenberg Guitars?

Four Duesenberg Starplayer TV Guitars; Black, Vintage White, Catalina Avalon Blue and Catalina Harbor Green

Duesenberg Guitars was founded by guitar designer Dieter Gölsdorf. Starting off with a one-man business selling guitars and parts in 1978, he gained experience and knowledge to build his own fantastic guitars.

By 1986, the Duesenberg electric guitar brand was born.

In 1995, Gölsdorf began work in his basement on a new guitar design; the Starplayer. It was the predecessor to what would become the company’s flagship guitar design; the Starplayer TV.

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What Do I Think of Duesenberg Guitars?

Duesenberg Starplayer TV Phonic

After that initial online search after seeing Ken Casey playing one, I was struck by the eye-catching looks of Duesenberg guitars, looking like something out of the 1940s or ’50s.

I really love the way they look with their retro color schemes and Art Deco influences. The meticulous attention to detail and build quality, along with all the extra little stuff like the binding in the f-holes, the decorative pickup rings, and attractive pickguards come together to make a gorgeous guitar.

From an aesthetics point of view, they look amazing!

It’s also nice to find out that every Duesenberg guitar comes with a hard Custom Line case.

Every part of their guitars are designed and built in-house. From the pickups and electronics to the bridge/vibrato system and the super-smooth Z-Tuners. They even make their own custom strings!

Their guitars are known for being very comfortable to play and for their great warm and bright clean tones, and a really nice smooth sounding vibrato, based on the famous Bigsby tremolo.

All Duesenberg guitars are Plek processed. The Plek is a computer-controlled machine that sets up the fingerboard and guarantees perfectly levels all frets with a precision of 1/100 of a millimeter, eradicating all fret-buzz. The guitars are then sent for fret polishing and set up by hand, removing any rough edges and guarantees a guitar that’s near-perfect to play.

Different Types of Duesenberg Guitars

Four Duesenberg Starplayer TV Guitars; Gold Top, Vintage Orange, Vintage Burst and Outlaw

There are several types of guitar made by Duesenberg, each with several different models.

Electric guitars:

  • Artist Alliance – These are super high-end guitars are created in collaboration with some well-known artists from around the world, including among others Joe Walsh, Mike Campbell, and John Mayer.
  • Semi-Hollow – Duesenberg produce around twenty semi-hollow guitar models, many of which are based on the Starplayer design. The classic semi-hollow construction design features bent sides with a top and back glued to them. Featuring a solid center block, these guitars combine the tone of a hollow-body guitar with the feedback resistance of a solid body.
  • Chambered – There are seven chambered Duesenberg guitars in all. These are solid body guitars produced with big sound chambers for enhanced tone and weight reduction. Their tone somewhere between a solid and semi-hollow guitar.
  • Solid-Body – The solid-body guitar is made from a single slab of wood, which delivers instant response, plenty of attack and sustain, with perfect feedback resistance. There are six solid-bodies on offer.
  • Full Hollow – The full hollow constructed guitars allow for the movement of air, providing distinct tone and response. Great for clean and crunch use!
  • Semi-Acoustic – Duesenberg’s Rezobro fuses Resonator and Dobro sounds by picking up vibrations from a metal leaf that connects the bridge and tailpiece. These vibrations are transformed into a tone signal by two separately adjustable pickup systems.
  • Lapsteel – Duesenberg lapsteels are famous for their distinctive clear tones and are often used to play Blues, Country, and Bluegrass. Duesenberg produces three lapsteel models.
Three Duesenberg Starplayer TV Bass Guitars; finishes are Outlaw, Vintage Orange and All Black

Bass guitars:

  • Artist Alliance – There is one Duesenberg Artist Alliance bass guitar; the Dropkick Murphys limited edition bass.
  • Starplayer Bass – The Starplayer Bass was designed to complement the overall construction of our Starplayer TV model. It is a short scale semi-hollow bass delivering a rich and deep bottom end.
  • Mowtown Bass – A combination of the best features of British and American sounding basses, making a warm-sounding semi-hollow bass.
  • Triton Bass – Designed as a workhorse bass guitar; versatile and consistent. Everything a professional bass player might need!

Left Handed Duesenberg Electric Guitars

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Out of more than thirty different right handed guitar models that Duesenberg offers, eight are produced in a left handed configuration.

Firstly, there is one lefty Artist Alliance model available; the Alliance Mike Campbell I, which is a semi-hollow guitar. Of the non-Alliance models, there are three other left handed semi-hollow guitars.

One of the chambered range of guitars is available, and there are three solid-body models.

The solid-bodied Paloma is the only left handed Duesenberg electric guitar available in Europe, which is very surprising, as Duesenberg is a German company based in Hannover, Germany.

I guess their market in the USA is so much bigger than it is in Europe, so a larger range is available there.

Left Handed Semi-Hollow Duesenberg Guitars

Alliance Mike Campbell I

Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars - Starplayer TV Mike Campbell I in Blue Metallic finish with white racing stripes

The Alliance Series Mike Campbell is based on the Starplayer TV, finished in a lovely-looking metallic blue with two white racing stripes running along the top, a pickguard with Mike’s signature and cream binding around the body and neck.

It’s a versatile semi-hollow guitar with a solid center block, fitted with Duesenberg’s own pickups; a bridge humbucker, and a P90 in the neck position.

Guitar Specs:

  • NECK: Set-in one-piece Maple
  • TOP: Laminated spruce
  • BACK/SIDES: Laminated flamed maple
  • NECK PROFILE: D
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Duesenberg Steel Saddle Bridge
  • NECK PICKUP: Duesenberg Domino P90
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duesenberg GrandVintage Humbucker
  • FINISH: Black

Starplayer TV

Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars - Starplayer TV in Black finish

The versatile Starplayer TV is a semi-hollow guitar known for its clean and clear tone. It has an arched spruce top and flamed maple arched back, featuring classically wound GrandVintage Humbucker at the bridge and a Duesenberg Domino P90 at the neck.

Guitar Specs:

  • NECK: Set-in one-piece Maple
  • TOP: Laminated spruce
  • BACK/SIDES: Laminated flamed maple
  • NECK PROFILE: D
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Duesenberg Steel Saddle Bridge
  • NECK PICKUP: Duesenberg Domino P90
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duesenberg GrandVintage Humbucker
  • FINISH: Black

Gran Majesto

Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars - Gran Majesto in Catalina Green finish

The Gran Majesto is a big-bodied, semi-hollow guitar that features a solid center block for the celebrated Duesenberg versatility, producing clear clean tones to driven rock tones and more.

The Gran Majesto features twin F-Holes and a floating transparent pickguard.

It also features Duesenberg’s new beautifully designed Phonico pickup covers, which are designed to hold many types of pickups, in case you wanted to swap them the originals out.

The single-cutaway version is available to righties only.

Guitar Specs:

  • NECK: Set-in one-piece Maple
  • TOP: Laminated spruce
  • BACK/SIDES: Laminated maple
  • NECK PROFILE: D
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Duesenberg Steel Saddle Bridge
  • NECK PICKUP: Duesenberg Phonico P90 Domino
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duesenberg Phonico GrandVintage Humbucker
  • FINISH: Catalina Green

C.C.

Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars - C.C. in Trans-Orange finish

The C.C. is a large-bodied semi-hollow guitar, featuring a Spruce arched top and back with flamed maple sides.

For the cutting leads and heavy riffs, Duesenberg fit their classically wound GrandVintage humbucker at the bridge, paired with the Domino P90.

Guitar Specs:

  • NECK: Set-in one-piece Maple
  • TOP: Laminated spruce
  • BACK/SIDES: Laminated flamed maple
  • NECK PROFILE: D
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Duesenberg Steel Saddle Bridge
  • NECK PICKUP: Duesenberg Domino P90
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duesenberg GrandVintage Humbucker
  • FINISH: Trans-Orange

Left Handed Chambered Duesenberg Guitars

Caribou

Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars - Caribou in Narvik Blue finish

The gorgeous Caribou is a chambered guita made from solid Alder with large sound chambers routed out of it. It has a flat maple top featuring a modern Cat Eye F-Hole.

The large sound chambers provide a sound somewhere between a solid-body and a semi-hollow guitar, resulting in a unique tonal character.

Our right handed friends can also buy this as a 12-string.

Guitar Specs:

  • NECK: Set-in one-piece Maple
  • BODY: American alder
  • NECK PROFILE: D
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Duesenberg Steel Saddle Bridge
  • NECK PICKUP: Duesenberg Domino P90
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duesenberg GrandVintage Humbucker
  • FINISH: Narvik Blue

Left Handed Solid-Body Duesenberg Guitars

Starplayer Special

Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars - Starplayer Special in Black finish

The Starplayer Special is a solid body electric guitar, featuring a contoured alder body, and unlike many of Duesenberg’s other guitars, a bolt-on Maple neck.

The guitar provides nice thick tones and long sustain. The GrandVintage pickup and the slightly higher output CrunchBucker are great for producing powerful rock tones.

Guitar Specs:

  • NECK: Bolt-on two-piece Maple
  • BODY: Alder
  • NECK PROFILE: D
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Duesenberg Steel Saddle Bridge
  • NECK PICKUP: Duesenberg GrandVintage Humbucker
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duesenberg CrunchBucker
  • FINISH: Black

49er

Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars - 49er in Black finish

The 49er is a solid bodied guitar with a solid arched top and a string-through-body tailpiece.

The one-piece neck and body are made from premium mahogany and the solid top is crafted from naturally grained maple.

It was designed with traditional rock values in mind and is the closest thing to an LP type guitar that Duesenberg produce. It’s equipped with the pickup combination of a GrandVintage humbucker and a Domino P90.

Guitar Specs:

  • NECK: Set-in one-piece Mahogany
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • TOP: Arched solid maple
  • NECK PROFILE: D
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Duesenberg Steel Saddle Bridge
  • NECK PICKUP: Duesenberg Domino P90
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duesenberg GrandVintage Humbucker
  • FINISH: Black

Paloma

Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars - Paloma in Red Sparkle finish

The Paloma is a versatile solid bodied electric guitar with an Alder body. It’s the Duesenberg guitar that’s somewhat akin to an ST style guitar with HSS pickup configuration.

These pickups feature the Grand VintageHumbucker and two matched Duesenberg Singlecoils, Pearlito and AlnicoBlade, which offer a wide variety of sounds for any situation.

Guitar Specs:

  • NECK: Set-in one-piece Maple
  • BODY: Alder
  • NECK PROFILE: Medium D
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Duesenberg Steel Saddle Bridge
  • NECK PICKUP: Duesenberg Alnico Blade Singlecoil
  • MIDDLE PICKUP: Duesenberg Pearlito Singlecoil
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duesenberg GrandVintage Humbucker
  • FINISH: Red Sparkle, Narvik Blue (Europe Only)

Left Handed Duesenberg Basses

Although Duesenberg offers four types of bass guitar, none of them are made to lefty configuration, apart from the limited edition Dropkick Murphys bass from 2019, which is pretty hard to get hold of now.

The Alliance Dropkick Murphys Limited Edition Bass

Left Handed Duesenberg Alliance Dropkick Murphys Bass in Catalina Green finish

The Alliance Starplayer Dropkick Murphys Limited Edition bass is a semi-hollow, double-cutaway guitar with double f-holes. It has an awesome Catalina Green metallic finish with the Dropkick Murphys’ iconic Rose Tattoo image between the two Bass Bucker pickups. It is completed with cream binding around the body and neck.

It also features nickel volume and tone knobs engraved with Celtic influenced touches.

Guitar Specs:

  • NECK: Set-in one-piece Maple neck-joint. Mahogany neck
  • TOP: Laminated Spruce Arched
  • BACK/SIDES: Laminated flamed maple
  • NECK PROFILE: D
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Duesenberg Bass Bridge
  • NECK PICKUP: Duesenberg Bass Bucker
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Duesenberg Bass Bucker
  • FINISH: Catalina Green

Final Thoughts

I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Duesenberg caters to the lefty guitarist very well. If you live in the USA, that is.

European folks may be disappointed to know that only one model is available there; the Paloma. It’s a lovely guitar in both available colors, but I can’t help but be a little disappointed in the lack of other left handed Duesenberg guitars being offered in Europe.

Even in the USA, there are no Julia or Fullerton lefty models; these are beautiful guitars and it’s a shame they aren’t part of Duesenberg’s current lineup of lefty guitars. Also, I’d really love a left handed Starplayer TV Phonic! Hopefully, these, and others will be available in the future.

Having said this though, lefties are reasonably well catered for in the USA. It’s much better than having just one left handed model available, as many guitar companies do. Some don’t even have any lefty models at all!

It’s nice to know that a premium guitar company like Duesenberg does actually value the left handed guitar-playing community!

What are your thoughts on Duesenberg Guitars? Comment below!

Image credits: duesenberg.de & duesenbergusa.com

9 Beautifully Crafted Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars

2 thoughts on “9 Beautifully Crafted Left Handed Duesenberg Guitars

  1. Thanks for this article, great to read about the left models. Having emailed these guys about their left range many times and having no response I was left a bit deflated… still nothing in AU and seeing I can’t get hold of them I landed on the Airline 59’ from Eastwood who have made some great left models!

    1. Thanks for reading and for your comment.

      Eastwood guitars are pretty cool and they make quite a few guitars for us lefties! I’m planning on writing about their left handed range in the future.

      With regards to getting a Duesenberg to Australia, I did a bit of a search and this is what I’ve found so far:

      1 – Thomann will take your order but on checkout, it says they cannot guarantee they can ship to Australia. You can order from them as usual, then someone from their team will contact you regarding shipping. I’ve seen that some members on guitar forums have managed to get guitars sent to them from Thomann, but those forum posts were from a number of years ago. It could be worth getting in contact with Thomann prior to ordering.

      2 – You could try leihinstrumente.com who as far as I’m aware, do ship to Australia, but have only one lefty Duesenberg, the Starplayer TV, and it’s about 11 weeks until they get more in stock (at the time of writing).

      3 – Try looking on Reverb.com. Some sellers on there are in or will ship to Australia.

      4 – Also try eBay, if none are available in Australia, some sellers may be willing to ship internationally. You can even message sellers to ask if they will ship internationally even if the listing doesn’t say so.

      5 – You could try a package forwarder to send items to you in Australia. I’d need to do more research on this before recommending a particular company, but the basic process is that you order from a store and get them to ship it to your package forwarding company, and then they forward the package to you. I may do a feature on this soon as well.

      Hope that helps!

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