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About Deimel Bluestar

Deimel Bluestar

We built the very first Deimel Bluestar based on the custom wishes of renowned Finnish guitarist Kalle Kalima. Kalle asked for a comfortable and universal electric guitar, that would please him in his diverse activities such as playing live shows in various bands and different styles, and composing. Frank developed Kalle’s guitar based on a guitar shape he had done way back: a nicely rounded, slightly bigger offset shape, which would work great on Kalle’s requirements.
After building Kalle a second Deimel Bluestar years later, and also after Kalle’s growing success as an artist with them, more and more requests came to duplicate this design.

We decided to establish the Deimel Bluestar as our second offset shape in the Deimel portfolio.
Compared to the straight forward Deimel Firestar, the Deimel Bluestar is a bit more traditional with a modern but also more luxurious look. The body width allows f-holes arranged along the offset waist of the outline.

At the same time we can enhance even the semi-hollow Deimel Bluestar with any experimental feature we have established with our Deimel Firestars as the pickup behind bridge, the pickup LesLee®, that let’s the sound of 2 pickups alternate, and our common piezo discs for those transparent and jazzy textures.

As the body size both in depth and waist size allows for more space than the Deimel Firestar, we are able to offer various of the above mentioned features inside the guitar, even a Tornipluator found its place recently in a custom order.

Always looking for new kinds of woods and combinations, we have built the Deimel Bluestar in Mahogany, thermo-treated Alpine Spruce, Swamp Ash, combined with Walnut, Alpin Spruce and figured Maple tops, but are always open to new ideas and combinations as the choice of a selected piece of nicely figured wood is as much fun for us as for you.

As each guitar is custom built by hand, we are also very flexible when it comes to hardware: our most often used Mastery bridge and vibrato, our proprietary Deimel Vibratone, or fixed bridges like various T-styles from Hipshot or Mastery, or ABM or Schaller wraparounds.

Pickup and pickguard choice is another wide and wild field: our recent favorite is the new Deimel Blendbucker, a humbucking type of pickup inside a T-bird cover, which features both true Single Coil as well as nearly authentic humbucker tones, which can be dialed in a transition-free way by a blend pot.

I picked up my Deimel Bluestar today. It’s beautiful! I love everything about it. The neck is perfect. I love the finish. Thanks to Kora and Frank for creating for me this wonderful instrument.

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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 form 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 Deimel Firestar guitar for you. Except for the body, pickguard, and headstock shape + logo placement, you are free to develop your own model.
If you already feel overwhelmed by too many options, just fill out our sheet for the Deimel Firestar Classic version and you will get your order going with us fast! Both forms you can find here: Prices + Order Forms

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.

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Optional Semi-Hollow Body

The Deimel Bluestar shape is ideal for a semi-hollow version of the offset waist. This can be done with or without f-holes.
The weight reduction and a certain semi-hollow flavor to the guitar’s tone is the main effect of this specification.

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I want a guitar, but how do I start?

Are you interested in a Deimel Bluestar? Over the last 15 years we have built a variety of Deimel Bluestars 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.

We offer PDFs with detailed options and prices, either for a very classic Deimel Firestar or for more custom to very experimental Deimel Firestars: Prices + Order Forms

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.

Deimel Bluestar Baritone

F-Holes

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Selecting Woods

Woods are selected by Frank individually for each guitar and customer choices. Our favorite woods for Deimel Bluestar bodies are thermo treated Alpin Spruce or Mahogany. American Red Alder, White Korina, Swamp ash, or Paulownia are also great options.

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.

Deimel Bluestar Baritone

Scales and Conversion Necks

The Deimel Bluestar can be order with the following scales as standard scales:

Short Scale 24.75″ / 628,65 mm
Middle Scale 25″ / 635 mm
Long Scale 25.5″/ 647,7 mm
Baritone Scale 28.62″ / 727,02 mm

For the bolt tone (screwed in neck) version, all necks are conversion necks which means that you can simply swap your neck and change the scale.
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Other scales on request.

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.

Radius

Radius

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.

One Piece Maple Neck or cap necks

One piece / cap neck maple or walnut necks are a beautiful alternative to mixing neck and fretboard woods.

Headstock

We offer both Deimel headstocks, 6 in line or 3L3R for our Deimel Bluestar.
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.

Firestar Neck Shape

Neck Shape

»Medium fat 59JM«or »Medium fat 59 LP« is our standard neck shape for the Deimel Bluestar. Of course we can do any custom neck shapes.

Trussrod

All Deimel necks come with a trussrod and a side adjuster that easily allows you to adjust the neck if needed without taking of the strings.

Firestar nut

Nut

We manufacture the nut out of unbleached bone. Other materials are on request.

Block Inlays

On request we offer block inlays made of mother of pearl shell or abalone.

Tuners

Our standard tuners are the high quality »Gotoh SDS510, nickel «, produced in Japan. The X-nickel version comes in a nice matte finish, that fits well to raw nickel hardware. We also offer the colorful Sperzel tuner or Hipshot classic open gear, and Hipshot grip-lock open gear, or Kluson-style tuners.

Dots

MOP (mother of pearl) dots are the classic standard for our fretboards. Other options are on request.

Glue

Bone Glue vs. Polyurethane

Both are are great glues we love to use for building guitars.

Frets

Our standard are Wagner medium jumbo,  StewMac »pyramid«, and Wagner CuNiFlex 6100 frets. We also offer stainless steel frets.

Inlays

Custom inlays

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.

Check Workshop Grit Lasking w/European Guitar Builders

Binding

Binding

We offer optional binding for all our necks.

Woods, Pickguards and Back Plates

The Deimel Bluestar most often comes in a natural look with outstanding selected woods for body and neck, where the pure texture off the wood specs for itself, but this is not exclusive and any color is possible.

Combining the natural woods with pickguards and back plates made of anodized aluminum or frozen plastic makes a classic, but very modern look. Tortoise, bakelite, parchment white plastic, or also great options. It’s just up to your taste!

BoltTone vs. RawTone

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Bridges + Vibratos

Same as for the Deimel Firestar, we offer multiple options for bridge and vibrato as Mastery M1 + Duesenberg vibrola. Mastery M1 + Master vibrato, polished or brushed ABM Tune-O-Matic /Stop Tailpiece, Schaller StopTail, or our exclusive Deimel »Vibratone« w/ optional »raw vintage« springs.

Pickupp Selection

Custom Pickup Solutions

Numberless custom pickup combinations are possible. Our standard is a bridge and neck combination hand wound by Frank, which allows us to even more meet your sound needs. Lollar, Curtis Novak  Mojo UK, Joe Barden, Kloppmann, or Lindy Fralin pickups are also available.

3rd pickup behind bridge

Special projects need special sound options. Check out our 3rd pickup behind bridge option.
Here is an example on YouTube

built in piezo disk

Built In Piezo

Standard of our Deimel Bluestars is a built in piezo disc that gives you uncountable extra sound options.

Built In LesLee®

Stretching the boundaries of the Deimel Bluestar as an experimental guitar, the built in LesLee alternates the sound of two pickups of the guitar while being adjustable in speed and intensity.

The built in LesLee® is available as mono or stereo version, and/or being connectable to a modular synth.

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Built In Tornipulator

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kill switch

Kill Switch

We offer different solutions to integrate an additional kill switch. Just contact us!

Firestar capacitors

Capacitors

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

Toggle switch

Toggle Switch

Toggle with gold contacts by Switchcraft

Output Jack

The output jack is made by Switchcraft and mono, but we do have stereo versions for more experimental sounds.

Volume + Tone Knobs

Preferably we use either Glendale (left) or Schaller (right) knobs.

Strap Lock

Strap Lock

Our standard is the nickel Gotoh strap lock.

Slider switches

Slider Switches

The standard switches are piezo on/off; serial/parallel, and surf switch, but can be modified to the musicians needs.

Aging

Aging

We usually do matte aging of metal parts and/or arctic aging of the entire guitar, if the finish is nitro. Heavy relic finish is also an option!

Ready To Ship!

Each Deimel Bluestar is delivered in its own Hiscox hard case with Deimel logo. The guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity stating the serial number and  date of manufacture.

Now it’s ready to be handed over to the new owner!

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