The 52 Senior joins seamlessly with the year 1952, widely known to be a very important one in the history of the electric guitar. It displays not only classic single cutaway styling along with many characteristic Duesenberg innovations, but it manages to get away with only one pickup – and very nicely, too! Single pickup guitars that, like the 52 Senior, have a vibration-friendly, wrap-around bridge invariably possess a special dynamic transparency. The 52 Senior scores additional points, too, thanks to ingenious wiring that essentially pulls three different high-quality sounds out of one pickup. Naturally . . . three steps ahead!
Step 1: Fat and present, a typical P90 sound
Step 2: Glassy, pearl-like, full-bodied (rhythm) sound
Step 3: Bell-like and volumetric, the characteristic sound of a P90 neck pickup
The instrument’s mahogany body has resonance chambers that not only make the weight of the 52 Senior easy to manage, but provide it with a forward, unstifled sound. The mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard provide an earthy tone and feel, while the brass wrap-around bridge with its steel saddles enables immediate and precise transfer of vibration from strings to body. Z Tuners make for effortless and fast replacement of strings, and the contoured chrome armrest allows for more comfort while playing.