The beginning of a new DUKE
To make the most of the natural beauty and natural tone of selected woods. And to create guitars that allow players to express themselves as they wish, with the solid woodworking skills that Yasuo Momose, our craftsman since 1977, has built up over the years.
The Handmade Series, the flagship line of the Bacchus brand, was launched more than 20 years ago in the year 2000 with the above concept in mind. The first set-neck model of the Handmade Series was the DUKE series, including the DUKE-STANDARD, which has been a long-time best seller to this day. The new DUKE model will be released in 2023 to respond to the evergrowing demand for DUKE. Please take a look at the new DUKE model and see for yourself.
Arch shape inherited from the Handmade Series
This model follows the arch shape of the original Japan-made Handmade Series DUKE model produced at the Aska factory. The curves of the arches add definition to the top of the body, which is the face of the guitar, and the reflections of the polished paint give it a beautiful, tight look.
Neck setup angle for optimum playability
The set neck model’s playability and sound are affected by the angle of the neck. While reproducing the arch shape and neck angle of the Handmade Series DUKE model made in Japan, we fine-tuned it to match the material and design of the instrument.
This has resulted in the best balance between the nice attack produced by the moderate tension and the rich body tone.
Deep joints with superb vibration conduction
A deep-joint system is used, which has a large bonding area with the body and transmits vibration firmly. The wide ground contact width also has the advantage of making it easier to achieve accuracy in preparation angles and woodworking.
Carefully designed body thickness
The thickness of the body has been adjusted and brought down to a range that doesn’t compromise the balance of the DUKE’s unique appearance while retaining all of the goodness in the sound profile.
With this reduction in the body’s width, we succeeded in reducing the overall weight of the body, making it easier for even relatively small players to carry and maneuver.
This model features our Slim U-shaped neck grip. Even players with relatively small hands can easily press down on the strings and concentrate on playing while your left hand can always easily change positions.
- Body Top
Graphtech® TUSQ XL
Original H-H set
2 Vol, 2 Tone, 3 way PU selector
24 3/4 inch (628mm)
- Width at Nut
- Fingerboard Radius
D’addario® 010 – 046
COA, Allen Wrench, COA