The process of handcraft as well as the wishes of our customers are very important to us. In order to realize your individual model, we have created a sheet with specifications and prices, where every single pre-calculated option can be decided on and cross-marked. So, starting on a regular standard prize you can make your individual choices with numberless combinations. Any color and personal pickup configuration can be realized. You choose your neck profile, fret wire, neck radiuses, etc.. Whatever you like, we are looking forward to realize an individual Firestar guitar for you. Except for the body, pickguard, and headstock shape + logo placement, you are free to develop your own model.
Left handed? No problem!
Frank himself is a left handed luthier. So building guitars for our left handed customers is self evident and with no upcharge.
Optional Semi-Hollow Body
Although there is not much space inside the Firestar body, we manage to create some larger cavities which work as massive weight reduction and result also in a semi-hollow character. The cavities are routed from the top and the entire body gets closed with a 3mm wood veneer of the same wood like the body. We do not offer any F-holes, as the do not make sense acoustically with these limited cavities, and there is actually no real space to put them. The weight reduction and a certain semi-hollow flavor to the guitar’s tone is the main effect of this specification.
The Deimel Firestar standard scale length is 25,5″ with compound radius 9,5″ to 12″. We do offer different scales as optional feature.
I want a guitar, but how do I start?
Are you interested in a Deimel Firestar? Our online store offers a variety of models that we are convinced of their amazing sound and look&feel!! If you know which guitar you want, just contact us over e-mail or phone and we will be happy to assist you with the further process. We will build the guitar customized for you. So instead of a »BUY« button, we seek the personal relationship with our customer.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, we welcome you to contact us directly with your wishes. We will talk to you about the feasibility of your ideas and the price it will have. Skype or FaceTime appointments are possible.
Last but not least, come and visit us! We are located 40 km east of Berlin. Please make an appointment ahead and we are happy to show you our workspace and let you test our guitars in a relaxing atmosphere.
Neck Wood + Finishes
We usually prefer building our necks out of selected pieces of maple. 3 levels of figuration (normal, figured maple, or highly figured maple) are offered. Also we offer a matching headstock in the same color as the body varnish.
Our standard fretboards feature a compound radius starting with 9.5“ from the nut until 12“ at the end of the fretboard. As it is only logical in fretboard theory, that the cone shape is the basis for a tapered neck in opposite to a cylindrical surface, it is the better fretboard. This allows for perfect action, comfortable chording in the first frets, and easy to bend strings in the upper section.
Woods are selected by Frank individually for each guitar and customer choices. Our favorite woods for bodies are american red alder, white korina, swamp ash, and mahogany. In some cases we build with paulownia, a very light wood, also used for surf board production.
Our preferred neck wood is maple if not requested differently by the customer.
For fretboards we prefer non CITES listed woods as ziricote or katalox. We also use indian rosewood as standard and offer many others.
Light Body Woods
It is very important to us that the weight matches the customer needs. Since each guitar is built individually for the customer we can pick the perfect wood.
One Piece Maple Neck
We offer one piece maple necks with an all in one neck and fretboard. It gives your guitar a bright look.
Deimel Firestar Colors
Excellent guitar design is based on a great finish. As admirer of the 60ies design era, we love the original cadillac colors a lot. On the base of those, we have taken them a step further into the new millenium and developed the following 4 Deimel colors as best fit for our Deimel Firestars: Saturn Lavender, Venus Fern Green, Moon Dust Blue, and Desert Dawn. Certainly we also offer all other colors on request.
Numberless Possibilities for Pickguards
There are numberless combinations possible for the Deimel Firestar pickguards. The most classic Deimel Firestar comes with a 3-piece pickguard with golden anodized aluminum center piece and nickel parts on top and bottom. It is possible to swap the center for other anodized aluminum colors as e.g. magenta, turquoise, natural, black, etc.. Please contact us for the entire color palette. Another great combination is a center of tortoise 4-ply, bakelite, or a parchment white plastic. All of those materials can also be ordered as an one piece pickguard. It’s just up to your taste!
Bridges + Vibratos
We have 4 standard combinations for the Deimel Firestar:
Mastery M1 + Duesenberg RL vibrola.
Mastery M1 + Master vibrato, polished or brushed
ABM Tune-O-Matic /Stop Tailpiece
Deimel »Vibratone« w/ optional »raw vintage« springs
Custom Pickup Solutions
Numberless custom pickup combinations are possible. Our standard are bridge and neck Deimel, Lollar, or Curtis Novak JM-style pickups, but it all depends of how you want your Firestar to sound like. We are happy to assist you to make the right choice. Kinman, Joe Barden, Kloppmann, or Lindy Fralin pickups are also available.
Built In Piezo
Standard of our Firestars is a built in piezo disc that gives you uncountable extra sound options.
Built In LesLee®
Stretching the boundaries of the Deimel Firestar as an experimental guitar, the built in LesLee »rotates« two pickups of the guitar and let this rotation of bridge and neck pickup be adjustable in speed and intensity.
We offer different kinds of capacitors depending on the customers wishes and what suits best the pickup configuration:
Vishay Sprague 1813, 22nf, Mojotone / TAD PIO, 22nf , LUXE Bumble Bee, 22nf, or NOS, 22nf
The standard tuners position of the Deimel Firestar is 6 tuners on the right side (6R). We do offer 6 tuners left (6L) without extra charge. The finish of the headstock can be black fiber with pearl inlay logo, natural finish with decal logo, or a matching headstock with decal logo.
»Medium fat 59JM« is our standard neck shape for the Deimel Firestar. Of course we can do any custom neck shapes.
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We manufacture the nut out of unbleached bone. Other materials are on request.
On request we offer block inlays made of mother of pearl shell or abalone.
Our standard tuners are the high quality »Gotoh SD91, nickel «, produced in Japan. We also offer Gotoh SD510, nickel, in superior quality, the colorful Sperzel tuner or Hipshot classic open gear, and Hipshot grip-lock open gear.
MOP (mother of pearl) dots are the classic standard for our fretboards. Other options are on request.
Bone Glue vs. Polyurethane
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The Deimel Firestar has 21 Wagner medium jumbo or 21 StewMac »pyramid« frets. We also offer stainless steel frets.
Some customers ask for personal inlays and we certainly can do this. In 2016 Frank had the chance to do a further education workshop with the legendary Grit Laskin in Vienna. We now know all the secrets of the perfect engravings and inlays.
We offer optional binding for all our necks.
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Volume + Tone Knobs
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The standard switches are piezo on/off; serial/parallel, and surf switch.
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Ready To Ship!
Each Deimel Firestar is delivered in its own Hiscox hard case with Deimel logo. The guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity stating the serial number, date of manufacture, a detailed description of all specifications and an owner’s pass.
Now it’s ready to be handed over to the new owner!