Duesenberg Starplayer DJP-SP Silver Sparkle 2002
Duesenberg DJP-SP Starplayer in sliver sparkle, made in Germany 2002 approx. These were a limited run model for the Japan market only, they never made it to a worldwide audience. Some of the 'bling' from the flagship Starplayer TV is missing, but this was designed as a reasonably-priced entrant into a crowded market. The appointments are nice: Duesenberg humbuckers with coil-tap, Kluson tuners, D-branded Bigsby style trem... all on a tasty semi-hollow mahogany body. Being a mahogany body, there's a darker edge to the tone than some other Duesenberg models, but it's still got that hi-fi 'ping' and clarity that's endeared these to their loyal fans; it's kind of like a halfway point between a Jazzmaster and an ES335. The trademark build quality and classy feel is all there, this feels lively and reassuring in the hands. The silver sparkle finish has yellowed to a classy champagne light gold, it's seriously gorgeous and sure to look even better on stage. This is a super easy and fun way to join the Dues-club, and oh boy, you'll be glad you joined.
Model: Duesenberg DJP-SP Starplayer
Made: Germany, 2002 (no serial)
Finish: silver sparkle top, black back
Body: semi-hollow mahogany, centre block style
Neck: rock maple, rosewood board, 25.5" scale, 15" radius
Mods: knobs replaced, volume pot replaced
Pickups: Duesenberg 'Grand Vintage' humbuckers, splittable
Case: original Duesenberg padded gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock and neck are pretty clean. Back has a handful of light scuffs, no major marks. The sides are pretty clean, just minor dimples near the jack and on the shoulder. The front doesn't show marks easily owing to the type of finish, but there's a couple of little marks up on the top shoulder corner and some play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8.5/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets look pretty good wiht minor wear only, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.