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Madarozzo Madrose Electric Guitar From Ritter

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Madarozzo's Madrose is a solid-body electric guitar with a 15-mm thick flamed maple top designed by Jerry Auerswald. Available now in North America, all Madarozzo instruments come with Jerry's custom hardware, pickups, and electronics and they have his name on the side of the headstock with the Madarozzo name on top of the upper bout.

The Madrose is available in Red, Black, Blue, Brown or Gold stained finishes on an alder body and features a set neck construction and a one-piece maple neck through-the-body design. The neck has a 25.5-inch scale with 23 medium frets on an ebony fingerboard and all the hardware, pick guard, and bridge are made out of aluminum. There are Madarozzo locking tuners, a string-through-body design and both an Auerswald-designed single-coil (neck position) and humbucker pickup at the bridge.

My guitar player gave a Red stained Madrose a good workout and found it to play very well with good mass and sustain from the bridge to the headstock. The neck is slightly wide and we both agreed that the futuristic "look" of this guitar was unique--as if Elroy Jetson took a Teisco guitar and modified it to resemble a Super Strat.

We liked the six-position rotary switch that offers a multitude of tone options from the humbucker bridge pickup. You can put the coils in series and in or out of phase or switch them to parallel and either in or out of phase. There is also a Strat-like pickup selector switch for adding the single-coil neck pickup to this mix. We both felt that the pickup switch was somewhat in the way when playing vigorous funk rhythm guitar parts. But who cares when a guitar sounds this good! Highly recommended!!!

There is a lot more to learn about this guitar at www.madarozzo.com. The Madrose sells for $3,139MSRP. It is distributed by Ritter LLC USA at 347-404-5088.



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