Saturday, 20 August 2011

Diodati doubleneck made by Tokai and with fluorescent artwork by El Daga
The Diodati Guitar Company describe themselves as "a small Christian-owned firm located in Southern New Hampshire" in the USA, with guitars being made at overseas facilities and distributed by Pete's Trading Center. The owner, Peter J. Diodati, Jr. explains that by cutting out all the middlemen associated with all the big name guitar companies, he can sell to the consumer at approx half the price an equivalent "name" guitar would cost.

Diodati use the same factories as the big companies; in the case of the doubleneck pictured here, it is made by Tokai (Tokai Gakki Co., Ltd) although whether that is at their original facility in Japan or one of their Korean or Chinese plants, I couldn't tell you.

This particular doubleneck features fluorescent artwork by the artist El Daga. I can't work out if the the black circle between the pickups on the 12-string side of the guitar is a soundhole or part of the artwork.

This guitar is currently being offered for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $1,995. That doesn't appear to be one of the affordable prices that Diodati pride themselves on, but then this would appear to be a rather special model.

G L Wilson

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