Montreal-based Island Instruments has just launched its new Galo model, a guitar inspired by the old Danelectro Dano Pro – with a hint of the Fender Jaguar thrown in for good measure!
Island Instruments Galo
Island Instruments’ Nic Delisle has built a unique instrument inspired by the classic vintage and offset guitars of old. The new Galo model has a Sitka spruce body, a quarter sawn poplar bolt-on neck and a quarter sawn torrefied maple fretboard.
I’m in awe of this design. The hints of those two old vintage American guitars blended into one design works well, I think. The dimensions similar to a Fender Jaguar, with 24” scale length and 1-5/8” nut width. The neck has nice, chunky C-profile profile as standard.
The Galo comes loaded with Mojo UK pickups, with several different configurations available: three single-coil sized pickups, two humbucker sized pickups or a pair of Jazzmaster pickups. I know from personal experience that Marc at Mojo winds a mean pickup – I my guitars are fitted with quite a few of his pickups and I can vouch for his.
Other specs include a Hipshot TOM-style bridge and a Descendant vibrato as standard. But Island Instruments also offers the Mastery system as an option as well. So there are plenty of options to customise this guitar to your liking. I think this model has something new to offer and I know for a fact that Mojo pickups sound pretty amazing, so these should be tone monsters.
Check out the official video demo below to hear the new Island Instruments Galo in action.
RRP – Loaded with three single-coils USD 3100 or two Humbuckers or Jazzmaster pickups USD 2950