Another shining example of classic design meets modern style, and classic style meets modern design, the award-winning IMPERIAL quickly became a favorite among fans of both vintage and modern guitar lovers. While oversized in footprint, the strikingly thin body created unparalleled resonance in the body giving the IMPERIAL a warm, open and brilliant sound. And now, its design meets a variety of fashions giving the IMPERIAL a classic, vintage and elegant look that is a favorite of jazz, rock-a-billy, alt, studio, blues and rock players.
A staple of the Diamond line, the Flame Top is among the most popular woods for a guitar. The FM with Bigsby version has ABS Binding, hot colors, Seymour Duncan pickups and everything you need on a guitar, with the signature mahogany/maple tone combination with a Bigsby Tremolo.
Body and headstock are finished in the same wood and/or color. Great accent that brightens the entire look of the guitar through a subtle, but fabulous accent. Great finishing touch.
Transparent finishes are among the most desired in guitars as they allow for both the unique color and the natural grain of the wood to show through. The darker grain provides a dynamic contrast to the lighter grains giving you a 3-Dimensional and unique look.
A unique accent where the top joins the body, ABS binding surrounding the body accents the color and guitar. In white, cream or black depending on the color.
Flame Maple Top
A favorite of guitar players, Flame Maple provides a stark "flame" contrast between the darker and lighter grains creating a sort of "zebra" effect in the wood. Accented with Transparent finishes, it's tough to make a prettier guitar. Like Quilt Maple, Flame Maple is added as much for its tonal properties as its vibrant appearance.
The Bigsby® was the first successful design of what is known now as a tremolo arm or whammy bar. Its retro styling and classic design makes the Bigsby® Tremolo the perfect compliment and ideal upgrade for both function and design to this guitar. The Bigsby® and Bigsby® tailpiece design are registered trademarks of Fred W. Gretsch Enterprises Ltd.
Seymour Duncan Pickups
Commonly considered the one of the premier pickup manufacturers in the world, Seymour Duncan pickups are a nice compliment to the line. Diamond a variety of Seymour Duncan's USA Custom pickups. Each guitar and pickup combination is specifically tested and the voicings are carefully chosen, producing a Custom Shop / Hot-rodded result.
Often considered the world's finest tuning machines, the Grover tuners are a triumph in engineering and style. The housing provides a maximum bearing for worm gear and string post and designed to eliminate backlash and slippage. Countersunk tension tension screw permits players to regulate turning tension to any degree. Gear box has a special lubricant for lifetime, trouble-free service.
Contoured Set Neck
Diamond's Contoured Set Neck method is arguably the most popular neck joint style amongst high-end electric guitars. The set neck is carefully cut to match its mounting point on the guitar body and the two sections are joined to maximize strength and minimize neck wiggle. Most notable is the amazing feel of the neck joint when you need it most - near the highest frets. Our contour feels fast, comfortable and as if the neck joint isn't even there.