Di Donato Is A Guitar With A Multi-Piece Body

What do you get when you bring that high-brow Italian design into a guitar?  My low-brow sensibilities expected a six-string with lines that resemble a Ferrari.  Fortunately, the dude who styled the Di Donato are blessed with a bit more taste than me.

Made by Edoardo DiDonato, the instrument comes decked in flowing curves that look more at home in a Venetian Gothic costume than a modern electric axe.  It looks a bit awkward to play with those gaping blanks in the body, but I can't imagine a more appropriate nod to Italian design than this rig's sheer originality.

The Di Donato has a cast aluminum alloy frame upon which the wooden body components are arranged onto. It works similar to a violin's soundboard, transferring the vibrations throughout the various elements.  According to the website, the handcrafted metal skeleton's thickness is precisely calculated to enhance very specific frequencies that give the guitar a recognizable sound.

They use different varieties of wood for the axe's non-metal parts, which include mahogany, korina, maple and alder, all chosen for their tonal qualities.  Features include wood-encased hand-wound pickups with a 3-way selector, a 25-inch scale neck, ABM headless bridge tuners and Elixir nanoweb strings.

We're not sure how it sounds in a capable musician's hands, but the Di Donato sure looks like one head-turner of a guitar.  Plus, the unusual shape makes for instant handles at various points in the body, so it can prove particularly convenient.  Price is $5,000.

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