A Beautiful Bastard

February 2014


Berlin-based luthier extraordinaire Frank Deimel crosses Jazzmaster and non-reverse Firebird with a breeze of ‘60s Japanese styling thrown in to create his own FIRESTAR breed – a beautifuly and artistically crafted instrument designed and built with the limitless possibilities of noise rock in mind (yes, it is Mr. Lee Ranaldo himself proudly holding the one…). As usual – there’s some pics, specs and sounds below.


Although the thing may appear somewhat pricey for the hard-working musician, please read the specs – you definitely get what you pay for (oh, and the four standard ‘60s Cadillac nitro lacquer finishes are simply to die for).




Deimel Firestar Standard

Body – Wood (American Red Alder)

Finish – Ultra thin nitro top coat

Colour – Moon Dust Blue, Venus Fern Green, Saturn Lavender, Desert Dawn

Frets – 21 (Wagner medium jumbo)

Scale Length – 25,5“ with compound radius 9,5“ to 12“

Neck – Wood (Canadian hard rock Maple)

Fretboard – Indian Rosewood

Neck Shape – Medium fat 59 JM

Headstock – Reversed, finished

Glue – Bone glue

Pickguard – Aluminum anodized/nickel

2 Pickups – 4 Curtis Novak pickups to choose from: JM-V, JM-90, JM-PAF, or JM-WR

2 Pickups – 4 Curtis Novak pickups to choose from:
JM-V, JM-90, JM-PAF, or JM-WR

Bridge – Mastery M1

Tremolo – Duesenberg Vibrola

Tuners – Gotoh SD 510

Pots – CTS

Caps – Mojotone Vitamin T

Switch – Toggle with gold contacts (Switchcraft)

Wire – Cotton push back, 7 stranded

Output – Switchcraft

Nut – Unbleached bone

Case – Hiscox

More circuit extravaganzas are available in the lower miniswitch section: A built-in piezo pickup (the contact disc is glued on the wood), a serial/parallel switch for both pickups,and a »surf« switch, which enables playing with a bass cut sound.


Deimel Firestar Demo

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