Italia Mondial Classic - Electric Guitar
This review is about the Italia Mondial Classic . It is a cool looking guitar inspired by
Italian electric guitar designs of the 1960's . It looks like a futuristic Cadillac according to 1960's pop culture design . It's unique in other ways as well . please read on .
The body is chambered Agathis and the top is acousti-glass . It's a bit odd . You knock your knuckles on the top of this guitar and it feels like plastic . The echo in the chambered body sounds much brighter then an all wooden guitar . It sounds more like a an acoustic guitar . The knobs and pick guard are somewhat cheap and cool looking . I think it's intentional . Maybe to mimic that 1960's era of plastics as mass produced stylish objects . It's no top of the line hand made Gibson but it is a $750 dollar guitar . As such I think the build quality reflects it's price point . I did have to re-glue a couple of the bubble stickers that make up the top of the guitar knobs .
It also has Wilkinson WVC humbuckers and a Piezo Wooden Italia bridge which is a pickup as well . The strings are anchored in a tail piece . There are two tone knobs for the electric pickups and 3 volume knobs for both the humbuckers and the acoustic pickup . The neck is bolted on . There is a toggle switch to select pickups . A Rosewood fret board has some nice pearl inlays .
This guitar is the only electric I've ever owned that has two outputs . One for the humbuckers and the other for the acoustic pickup . You can run it out to two different amps and it sounds like an acoustic guitar is strumming the same rhythm part as the electric . It's very very cool ! You can of course bypass either pickup . The guitar has a nice rock n roll sound . I wouldn't use it for lead work if I had another guitar better suited but it's a great and stand out rhythm guitar .
If your in to something different and unique and you already have other electrics to cover your other bases I would look into a Italia Mondial Classic . This thing will be a head turner so be prepared to explain it and what it's about to fans and other musicians