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The Duesenberg Alliance Series Johnny Depp Guitar
Step into the world of music and movie stardom with the renowned Alliance Series Johnny Depp Guitar.
Crafted in collaboration with Duesenberg, these guitars epitomize a fusion of vintage allure and cutting-edge craftsmanship.
Known for its exquisite designs and alluring tones, this instrument also reflects the artistic sensibilities of the celebrated Actor and musician.
Let’s explore the unique features that make these signature guitars an embodiment of the Artist’s captivating story and his rock ‘n’ roll musical prowess.
Introduction To Duesenberg Guitars
Duesenberg is a respected German guitar manufacturer renowned for its Distinctive, high-quality instruments and accessories, celebrated for its fusion of classic design and modern innovation.
Founded in 1986 by Dieter Gölsdorf in Hannover Germany, the brand quickly gained recognition for its commitment to crafting instruments that deliver exceptional sound, playability and aesthetics.
The History Of Duesenberg Guitars
The founder’s story is of passion; creating superior instruments and drawing inspiration from classic guitar designs, Gölsdorf embarked on a mission to merge timeless craftsmanship with contemporary features.
Over the years, Duesenberg established itself as a hallmark of excellence, focusing on electric guitars, basses, and related accessories and attracting big-name/brand joint ventures.
One of the defining moments for Duesenberg came with the introduction of their “Starplayer” series in the late ’90s.
This series represented a revolutionary approach, combining elements from semi-hollow, solid-body, and archtop guitars.
The Starplayer’s design and versatility swiftly gained popularity among musicians, contributing to Duesenberg’s rise in the guitar market.
With an unwavering dedication to innovation, Duesenberg continued to expand its product line, offering a diverse range of instruments that appealed to various playing styles.
Each Guitar is meticulously handcrafted, incorporating premium components and meticulous attention to detail, making it a favourite among professional musicians worldwide.
Furthermore, Duesenberg’s reputation isn’t solely built on the craftsmanship of its instruments. The brand’s commitment to providing exceptional customer service and fostering community among musicians has solidified its position in the industry.
Brand champions attracted to this company are constantly adding up with players like…
- Billy Gibbons -ZZ top
- Ron Wood- Rolling Stones
- Joe Walsh & Glen Frey – Eagles
Along with the Artist and Guitar, we are looking at today…
He has received multiple accolades and awards, including a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild.
Being one of the most in-demand top-listed actors for over two decades, when you think Johnny Depp, the first thing to come to mind is some of the iconic roles that have made this 3 time Academy Award Nominee a household figure with movies like…
- Tim Burton’s – Edwards Scissorhands
- Tim Burton’s – Sleepy Hollow
- Jack Sparrow in the movie inspired by Disney’s classic ride “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
While Depp is widely recognized for his versatile acting, few might know about his equally compelling journey as a musician, with his love for music emerging long before his acting career took off.
In the early 80s, Depp was already involved in several music projects and moved to California to find success with his band.
Still, like most struggling musicians, he started looking for side work to help support his musical aspirations, and on recommendation from long-time friend Nicholas Cage, and after using the same agent, Depp received his first screen appearance in Nightmare on Elm Street. (1984)
Acting As A Career
His goal of being a professional musician did not end up happening, but his side hustle “acting” flourished and quickly became his main gig, ultimately gaining fame in Hollywood.
Despite his successful acting career, his love for the Guitar and music remained a consistent and cherished aspect of his life, with music collaborations starting in 1994 and continuing with his most recent project Hollywood Vampires.
Not A Casual Pastime
Managing a busy acting schedule, his musical endeavours weren’t confined to personal enjoyment.
Depp’s playing extends beyond occasional collaborations or casual pastimes; it’s a genuine passion.
Playing Guitar In The Movies
Along with earning his stripes as a musician with his Hollywood peers, he has also engaged in various musical projects with some of the biggest names in production and rock n roll. He has appeared in music videos for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Avril Lavigne and Paul McCartney.
He also performed with Marilyn Manson at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012.
Depp was later featured as a guitarist on songs by Oasis, Iggy Pop, and Aerosmith.
In the 1990s, he was also a member of a musical group featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.
Sought After Guitar Skills
Depp’s guitar skills are now sought after in the music industry, leading to more playing opportunities with established artists and bands.
His unwavering dedication and collaborations with notable musicians underline his status as a versatile and committed artist in both the cinematic and musical realms.
One of the most notable phases of his musical journey came with the formation of the rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires. This band pays tribute to rock stars who passed away due to substance abuse, alongside Alice Cooper and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.
Formed in 2015, the supergroup released their self-titled debut studio album in September of the same year and made their live debut at The Roxy in Los Angeles.
The band has since done 3 world tours in 2016, 2018, and 2023, with touring members including or have included Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses and Robert DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots.
It featured 11 classic rock covers and 3 original songs, all co-written by Depp.
Their second studio album, Rise, was released in June 2019. It consists mainly of original material, again including songs the Artist wrote, with a cover version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” sung by Depp.
His performances with the Vampires at various music festivals and live shows garnered positive attention, with audiences admiring his guitar playing and stage charisma.
Depp’s multifaceted talent as a guitarist became more publicly evident through the band’s performances where his guitar skills and stage presence were showcased.
What His Fellow Players Are Saying
When asked about Depp as a musician, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper go on to defend their most famous band member who reached his celebrity status in another genre.
Perry goes on to say…
“People who see Depp play will quickly forget the Actor or the characters he played. He is simply a natural who is well-versed in multiple musical styles.”
Alice Cooper pointed out that if Depp’s band did not make it earlier in his career, it was certainly not because of a “lack of talent of the guitarist.”
One of the most publicized musical collaborations for the Actor was that of…
Working With Jeff Beck
Depp has played and toured with none other than Jeff Beck. Who is described by Joe Perry as “the best guitarist in the world.”
Master Of Collaborations
Jeff Beck, a legendary guitarist known for his innovative and influential work, has collaborated with numerous renowned musicians.
Beck had an unrivalled unorthodox technique, ear and tone, and he used playing with other musicians as inspiration and a way to expand his sonic platform.
This Master of Collaboration Icon has spanned multiple genres and encompassed various artists in the music industry.
Like Beck, Depp has built a reputation as a respected musician and has collaborated with multiple artists.
“Stove Pipe Into The Light”
Music collaborations can sometimes be kept relatively low-key, especially if they are informal or personal projects, but Depp and Beck work together in a musical and professional capacity and did move out of the “stove pipe into the light,” with the Duo releasing a John Lennon cover in 2020, followed by Beck announcing the two would record an album together.
The Collaborative Studio Album
18 is the cumulative efforts of Iconic guitarist Jeff Beck and Actor, producer and musician Johnny Depp. (See image)
This would be Beck’s final studio album, released on Rhino Records on July 15, 2022, before his death on January 10, 2023.
It features 13 tracks covering songs by the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Everly Brothers and more, along with 2 original tracks written by Depp.
Upon release, the album received mixed reviews from music critics.
Beck & Depp Live
In May of 2022, Depp joined Beck onstage in the UK for several concerts, accompanying him on his last European and American tours from June to November.
After the passing of the Great Beck, Johnny would perform at the Artists Tribute concert held at the Royal Albert Hall in London (May 2023), where he would share the stage with guitar greats…
- Eric Clapton
- Kirk Hammet
- Ronnie Wood and more.
Duesenberg & Depp
Iconic Movie Star Guitars
Duesenberg and Johnny Depp have a long-standing friendship. So it is evident that for the first joint venture, the manufacturer would develop an exceptional “Artist Series” signature guitar, including a highly individual character and personal touch.
With the company taking on the task, the focus was a guitar 100% Depp to meet the actors’ needs and complement his style and story. (See image)
Successful Guitar Line
After the success of the Actors Artist Series Limited run of 52, Duesenberg & Depp have gone into production with a new second version of the actors’ Guitar, making it one of the company’s most ambitious projects, with different changes to the next-gen.
What Is The Duesenberg Alliance Series?
This is a series of signature guitars specially made according to the specifications of each artist. They offer top workmanship, the best components, and incredible looks and may have longer runs in production.
The first thing you’ll notice about this Guitar (similar to the first model) is its unique aesthetic aluminum top over a solid American alder body, adorned with etchings of Johnny’s tattoos, each holding significant meaning to the Artist himself. (More on this later)
The Alliance Series Johnny Depp guitar also features a chambered body with an ash top for an unmistakable tone, 22 frets, a JD-63 single P90 pickup, a Diamond Deluxe Short Tremola and more. (See image)
- Model – Duesenberg Alliance Series
- Body Type – Solid American Alder with sound chambers
The alder body with large sound chambers ensures a very comfortable weight and gives the Guitar that characteristic tone.
Chambered guitars are generally solid-style instruments with material removed from the body to form internal cavities and then covered with a top or cap.
This successful mix between a solid body and a semi-acoustic guitar can also increase sustain and resonance.
- Top Material – Flat Aluminum plate
- Colour /Finish – Black
- Body Shape – Offset
- Number of Strings – 6
- Binding – Yes
- Binding colour – Cream
- Dimensions (top) -41 x 32,5 cm / 16.14″ x 12.6″
- Height (side) – 4.5 cm / 1.8″
- Weight – 8.50 lb
- Body Finish – Black PUR lacquer
- Pickguard – Yes
- Country of origin – Germany
- Neck Joint type – Glued or Set-In
A Glued/Set neck involves crafting a joint between the Guitar’s body and the neck and then solidifying the two parts with glue.
- Neck Wood – 1-piece maple
- Neck Width – 42,5 mm / 1.67″ (nut), 52 mm / 2.05″ (12th fret)
- Neck Thickness – 21 mm / 0.8″ (1st fret), 24 mm / 0.95″ (12th fret)
- Neck Profile – D-Shape
- Scale length – 648 mm / 25.5″
- Fingerboard Material – Indian rosewood
- Fretboard radius – 305 mm”/ 12″
- Fretboard Inlay”s – Dot (cream)
- Frets – 22 jumbo 2.8 x 1″ mm with the Duesenberg Plek system guarantee for perfectly buzz-free frets in all positions.
Pleked is when you use a computer as a fret levelling tool, with an accuracy of .001″, along with this fretboard being carefully hand-finished for optimum playability and a smooth feel.
- Trussrod – Steel dual-action
All Duesenbergs have their own fitted Hardware, specifically designed to the smallest detail.
- Tuners – Duesenberg Z-Tuners, “Art Diego” buttons on a black headstock
- Diamond Deluxe Tremola Short-Bridge w/wrap-around Steel Saddles – Ensuring tuning stability and enabling quick and easy string changes thanks to its unique design. (See Image)
- Strap pins – Duesenberg standard
- Hardware colour – Nickel
Having 1963 windings of wire (the year Johnny was born), this “S” configuration meets every characteristic of a classic open-sounding tapped single coil pickup but with a warmer, fatter, and crunchier tone.
- Pickup Configuration – S (1x Single Coil)
- Pickup – Duesenberg JD-63 P90 tapped single coil
- Controls – 1 volume & Coil Tap Switch
Behind the volume control, you will find a small switch. (See image)
If this is activated sonically, you get an additional boost on the JD-63 P90 pickup, producing an even more powerful, crunchier tone with plenty of punch.
Engraved Aluminum Pickguard With Artist Tattoos
Like the first limited series run, this next-gen Guitar is still as characteristic and unique as the man himself, with similar etched, tattoo-top-covered designs, each representing or symbolizing a significant event in his life.
The tattoos were photographed from Johnny’s body and redrawn by an artist to have them applied and immortalized onto the Guitar’s aluminum top. (See Image)
Signature On Headstock
Turning the Guitar over, you will find a Johnny Depp signature on the back of the neck near the headstock. (See Image)
- Custom Lined Hardcase
- All required Allen keys
Should You Add One To Your Collection?
Despite this Guitar having a distinct look, making it your own is still possible.
Some signature models are so identifiable that the Artist’s brand screams all over the instrument, no matter who plays it.
The cosmetic differences between the Limited edition and the Alliance series include…
- Different tattoo placements, a back tattoo on the Limited, Tremolo as opposed to a fixed bridge, neck inlays, etc.
If you can find the original run, it’s nice to have the option.
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Feature Image of Guitar (front) – courtesy of musiquedepot.ca
Feature image of Guitar (back) -courtesy of musicexperience.co.za
Feature image of Artist with Guitar – courtesy of Amazon.com
Photo of Johnny Depp’s signature -courtesy of Wikipedia and released in the PubDepp’smain
Photo of Jeff Beck at the National Convention Hall Of Yokohama, Japan April 14 2014-Image courtesy of Wikimedia-Author Takahiro Kyono and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
Depp Images for Tribute Concert – Image courtesy of Wikimedia -Author Raph_PH- and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
Jeff Beck @ Bluesfest – Image courtesy of Wikimedia – Author ceedub13– is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
Final thoughts image of Johnny Depp as Edward Scissor hands -Image courtesy of Amazon.
Final thoughts image of Guitar – Image courtesy of Reverb
The Duesenberg Alliance Series Johnny Depp Guitar$3940.00
American alder chambered body8.0/10
JD-63 single P90 pickup7.5/10
Diamond Deluxe Short Tremola8.0/10
- Coil Tap Switch
- Duesenberg JD-63 P90 tapped single coil-
- Trussrod - Steel dual-action
- Aluminum top covered in Johnny's tattoo designs
- Johnny Depp signature on the back of the neck
- High Price Point
- Limited Availability
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