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VG APPROVED GEAR

EASY ON THE
SENSES

The Zelinsky Dellatera Custom

D

ean Zelinsky's history as a guitar
builder includes unique designs that
are toneful and eyecatching. To many, he
might be best known for his early designs
inspired by Gibson's futuristic models of
the late '50s; others remember him for his
ads in the 1980s co-starring what came to
be known as "Dean Girls."
Zelinsky's a new line of import guitars
are budget-friendly, professional, and
striking with their high level of playability,
fit, and finish. Because Zelinsky offers
instruments factory-direct, buyers can
customize many features including pickup
configuration, hardware, and colors. He
also added unique options including
engraved hardware, engraved bodies, and
his Z-glide neck with carved impressions
to reduce hand-on-neck friction.
We recently received one of Zelinsky's
Dellatera Custom single-cutaways for
review with the optional Z-Glide feature,
SideKick pickup, and Tejas engraved hardware. A beautiful instrument, it sported
a f lame-maple top, pearloid pickguard,
and engraved bridge and control plate.
Controls included a five-way switch along
with a Volume and push/pull Tone knob
to control the neck pickup.
Besides the SideKick in the neck position, this Dellatera came with single-coils
in the middle and bridge positions. Its
modern 111/16"-wide neck was medium
depth, with a bend-friendly compoundradius fingerboard with 22 mediumjumbo frets.
Spinning the instrument around, it's
hard not to be taken aback by the Z-glide
neck, whose unique etchings are quite out
of the norm and proved extremely comfortable to play while never exhibiting the
"sticky neck" syndrome common on all
levels of new instruments. The headstock
was adorned with a set of easy-to-string
locking tuners.
Using a reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb and
a smattering of basic pedals, this f lametopped beauty was plugged in to see what
it could do. The SideKick neck pickup was
robust yet clear in humbucking mode,

	

and in single-coil mode made for
even clearer tones with only slightly
reduced mids and bass response. In
fact, it was amazing how close the
output was in both single-coil and
humbucking modes.
Keeping the coil tap on and switching to position two elicited the classic
"notched number-two" position.
Going back to humbucker mode
in this position made for a bigger
sound with more bass and reduced
trebles. The middle single-coil on
its own was also quite clear, but
had a little more attack and punch,
being closer to the bridge. Moving
Price: $869 (list)
Info: deanzelinsky.com

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to position four made for a great
implementation of one of the most
used electric guitar tones of the last
40 years. The bridge pickup had just
enough twang and grind to cover a
wide variety of clean to overdriven
tones.
Perhaps most impressive was how
the Dellatera's f lame top, engraved
hardware, playability, and tonal
versatility were all delivered at a
down-to-earth price. The Z-Glide
neck is highly recommended and
well worth the upcharge, creating
a much more comfortable playing
area. - Zac Childs


http://www.deanzelinsky.com

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