Italia Modena Semitone

Attention-grabbing semi-acoustic

Coming on like the wild distant cousin of a Thinline Tele, the Modena Semitone is straight out of Italia's top drawer of eye-catching glam-rock monsters.

"There's character by the bucketful here"

Finished in sparkly Metallic Green, with a thick pearloid wrap covering the back of the body, the neck and the headstock (a weirdly appealing affectation that's grown on us more every time we've played it), there's character by the bucketful here.

There are also some highly useful Trev Wilkinson flourishes, including that Tele-styled bridge and controls. There's plenty of weight here, something the chamber lurking behind that curvy f-hole does little to lessen, but we're willing to forgive a bit extra on the scales for sheer vibe factor alone.

The alder body resonates sweetly unplugged - helped along, no doubt, by the through-body stringing - and balances beautifully in seated or standing positions. It's well built and finished, and feels rugged.

In tonal terms, there's plenty of retro bite in those Italia pickups, with effectively a P-90-a-like at the neck and a humbucker at the bridge. The Modena Semitone is most at home with a bit of good old-fashioned rock; its big frets are well suited to huge bends and that chunky neck begs to have classic riffs wrangled out of it.

The looks won't be for everyone, but it takes a real guitarist to rock green sparkles, and it's highly unlikely that you'll be forgotten...

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Old school rock sounds great. Well built. Plenty of vibe.

Cons

Not very flexible tones. Quite expensive.

Verdict

If you're into the aesthetics, the Modena Semitone is worth more than a look.

Scale Length (mm)

648

Scale Length (Inches)

25.5

No. of Frets

22

Hardware

Six-saddled bridge, Italia locking tuners

Country of Origin

Korea

Fingerboard Material

Rosewood

Neck Material

Hard rock maple, bolt-on

Left Handed Model Available

No

Pickup Type

1x Italia Premier IPVb, 1x IP9n P90

Guitar Body Material

American Alder (Chambered) Maple

Circuitry Type

1x volume, 1x tone, 3-way pickup selector

Available Finish

Metallic Red, Metallic Green

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