• Transparent Finish

    Transparent finishes are among the most desired in guitars as they allow for both the unique color and the natural grain of the wood to show through. The darker grain provides a dynamic contrast to the lighter grains giving you a 3-Dimensional and unique look.

     
  • Matching Headstock

    Body and headstock are finished in the same wood and/or color. Great accent that brightens the entire look of the guitar through a subtle, but fabulous accent. Great finishing touch.

     
  • Spalted Maple Top

    Similar to both Flame and Quilt Maple, the Spalt Maple top adds an entire level of interesting look to the guitar with its widely varied and unique grain patterns. Very desirable, often vary rare, and stunning to look at before you consider the brightness and punch it adds to the overall sound.

     
  • String-Thru

    A classic design, and what is often considered the pinnacle of sustain, the String-Thru adds look and performance to your instrument. Our String Thru design with Tune-O-Matic bridge provides for amazing performance and feel, with string thru patterns enhancing the look of your guitar.

     
  • Diamond Custom Pickups

    Diamond Guitars spent countless hours refining their signature custom pickups. With its background in high-end custom amplification with years of developing some of the finest amplifiers in the world, Diamond's approach to pickups takes a much more integrated testing mindset realizing the that pickup is a part of the whole rig, not just a discreet component. Our pickups are optimized to get the best performance from your amplifier by paying very particular attention to the frequencies and shape of the output of the pickup. For more information on the pickup models, see our Diamond Custom Pickups page.

     
  • Grover Tuners

    Often considered the world's finest tuning machines, the Grover tuners are a triumph in engineering and style. The housing provides a maximum bearing for worm gear and string post and designed to eliminate backlash and slippage. Countersunk tension tension screw permits players to regulate turning tension to any degree. Gear box has a special lubricant for lifetime, trouble-free service.

     
  • Contoured Set Neck

    Diamond's Contoured Set Neck method is arguably the most popular neck joint style amongst high-end electric guitars. The set neck is carefully cut to match its mounting point on the guitar body and the two sections are joined to maximize strength and minimize neck wiggle. Most notable is the amazing feel of the neck joint when you need it most - near the highest frets. Our contour feels fast, comfortable and as if the neck joint isn't even there.

     
specifications
imperial
IMST14-SWA
Construction/scale
Set Neck/24.75"
Body
Spalted Maple / Mahogany
Neck
Mahogany
Fingerboard
Rosewood
Frets
22
Inlays
Block
Binding
No
Pickups
Diamond Custom R15/Balinese RWRP/Balinese
Electronics
Vol/Tone/5-way
Tuners
Grover
Hardware
Nickel
Bridge
String-thru
Finishes
SWA
 
 
about

Another shining example of classic design meets modern style, and classic style meets modern design, the award-winning IMPERIAL quickly became a favorite among fans of both vintage and modern guitar lovers. While oversized in footprint, the strikingly thin body created unparalleled resonance in the body giving the IMPERIAL a warm, open and brilliant sound. And now, its design meets a variety of fashions giving the IMPERIAL a classic, vintage and elegant look that is a favorite of jazz, rock-a-billy, alt, studio, blues and rock players.

The IMPERIAL ST provides a more affordable solution for the IMPERIAL player. With a string thru, and Diamond Custom pickups, it's versitile and sounds incredible. Match that with the center nautural stripe and Mother of Pearl block inlays, and it's sexy too!

 
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