Hehe… I’m guessing you may have come across Gretsch’s infamous Electromatic Bo Diddley guitar before, but have you ever seen its diminutive offspring, the Mini Diddley? What can I say – it’s Friday, folks, and the Mini Diddley seemed like a fun way to cap off the week!
Yeah, it may look a lot like the original, but the Mini Diddley is incredibly small: just eight inches wide, and not much more than a foot long (15-1/2 inches!) It’s even got a scale length of just 21.40“. Come to think of it, this baby might make for a great travel guitar, eh?
Amazingly, the Mini packs a fair amount of Gretsch-style goodness onto its tiny Luan wood frame, including a single bridge position mini humbucker (you just know that thing’s got some nasty twang, eh?) single volume & tone controls, body and headstock binding, and even a signature from Mr. Diddley himself scrawled across the truss-rod cover.
The Gretsch Mini Diddley Features–
- Laminated Hardwood Top
- Luan Back & Sides
- Maple Neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard With 20 Frets
- 21.4” Scale Length
- Single Mini Humbucker Pickup
- Single Volume & Tone Controls
- 2-Way “Pickup Enhancement” Switching
- Wrap-Around Bridge
- Chrome Plated Hardware
Gretsch offers an optional gig bag for the Mini Diddley, which is good, because I doubt anyone makes a hard case of this size and shape. Perhaps a massively customized violin case? Perhaps…