ITALIA MARANELLO CLASSIC MKII ~ ITALIA GOLD SPARKLE
The Maranello Classic MkII – The second generation of the Italia original classic design, now lighter weight with the same amazing tone. The back of the body and neck now have a stunning prism white pearlescent painted finish, and newly updated Italia ITV-5 pickups with Italia ‘I’ case design. Originally designed in collaboration with famed guitar designer Trev Wilkinson, was inspired by an early 60’s Hagström model. Starting with that inspiration, it was refined into a timeless single cutaway guitar design that has that authentic European 60’s look and a classic solid body vintage sound, yet with the playability and reliability of a modern instrument.
Features include a fully pearloid wrapped body and neck, a uniquely contoured ‘res-o-glass’ composite pickguard which completely houses all of the controls as well as the Wilkinson vintage-voiced alnico V pickups, and an ergonomically designed input jack that keeps the jack protected and out of the players way. This modular pickguard design allows for easy access for maintenance or modification of the pickups and the electronics.
The unique Maranello Classic ‘res-o-glass’ pickguard design sits deep inside the routed hollow body cavity, allowing for a reduced neck angle that is not typical for single cutaway type designs. This construction technique allows for the pickups to be mounted flush with the top of the pickguard, bringing the strings closer to the surface area of the pickguard creating a rich, fuller resonance.