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Debuting in 2004, the Double Cat is obviously inspired by Rickenbacker’s general styling. As with other Duesenbergs, construction combines Korean woodwork with German assembly and the brand’s characteristic Art Deco-inspired design features. The headstock is just such an example, but here it’s slotted, with Kluson open tuners fitted on back and sides, emulating Rickenbacker’s innovative idea.
This configuration keeps things compact, but it can be confusing and re-stringing isn’t speedy. The glued-in maple neck features a chunky but comfortable ‘C’-profile, while the wider-than-average dimensions are finger friendly, as are all 22 smoothly finished frets and an excellently executed nut.
The semi-solid slab body reflects Rickenbacker styling ideas, but the shape is slimmer and less curvy. A single ‘slash’ soundhole partners a small scratchplate carrying volume and tone controls plus a three-way pickup selector. These govern a Duesenberg DP-90 single-coil paired with a Grand Vintage humbucker.
Contrasting the originality elsewhere, the bridge is a standard tune-o-matic-type, with each of the six saddles cut to carry two strings. This is adequate rather than ideal, as it doesn’t offer individual intonation adjustments.