While we’re on the subject of funky guitars…
I’m not sure about the actual release date here, but DiPinto, maker of two of my all-time favorite funky guitars––the wonderful Belvedere Deluxe and insanely surfy Galaxie 4––has apparently added a less-funky new line of instruments to their roster: the Metro Series.
Breaking away from the esoteric guitar design that they’re currently known for, DiPinto appears to be aiming this new series squarely at the jazz market (though the guitars definitely still carry a bit of that retro DiPinto flair.)
The Baccus and Philadelphian both appear to be fairly thin-bodied jazz boxes, and both feature maple backs & sides, maple necks (25 1/2″ scale length,)and rosewood fretboards, but the similarities pretty much stop there.
The DiPinto Baccus (yikes, bad name alert,) sports an arched top of maple on a semi-hollowbody (w/block under bridge,) choice of star or block inlays, dual humbuckers, dual volume & tone controls, 3-way pickup switching, tune-o-matic bridge, and enclosed tuners with “art deco” buttons. The guitar is available in a left-handed model as well.
The Philadelphian features a full hollowbody design topped by a “highly resonant” plywood spruce top, a single floating humbucker in the neck position, single volume & tone controls, a 3-position selector, trapeze tailpiece, and enclosed tuners with “art deco” buttons.
Both instruments are selling for just over $700 a time of writing, and are available in a number of different finishes.