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 has natural scrape binding, hot colors, Seymour Duncan pickups and everything you need on a guitar, with the signature mahogany/maple tone combination.
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.
Natural / Scrape Binding
A gorgeous accent, when the top and body are finished, a natural scrape binding reveals the quality of the wood highlighting the top finish color as well.
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.
A classic design, and what is often considered the pinnacle of sustain, the String-Thru adds look and performance to your instrument. Our String Thru design with Tune-O-Matic bridge provides for amazing performance and feel, with string thru patterns enhancing the look of your guitar.
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.