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Distributor American Music & Sound has announced that the brand Ministar Guitars has joined the AM&S family of brands effective August 1, 2008 -- a great occasion to focus on this brand and its products.


Ministar offers a full lineup of lightweight and portable guitars and basses featuring innovative patented designs. According to the brand, Ministar guitars feature lightning fast playability, full bodied tone, and luxurious sustain.

Instruments are constructed from a single piece of Hard Rock Maple ensuring that the Maple wood grain runs the full length of the guitar from the bridge all the way to the end of the headstock, which is said to be the key to these guitars' sustain.

The Ministar guitar lineup includes the Castar, Lestar, Testar, Rokstar, and Jazztar, and the bass lineup includes the Basstar, Basstar 5, Basstar F, and Basstar 5F.

Ministar guitars and basses feature a number of revolutionary features and manufacturing techniques designed to improve playability. Starting with the headstock, the die-cast tuners are mounted laterally, well below the nut, allowing the guitar, neck, and body to be constructed from a single homogeneous piece of wood while ensuring that the strings have the correct tension and angle against the nut.

In addition, the graphite nut is adjustable and is cut to the same contour of the frets allowing the customer to adjust the nut very low without any buzz. The brige of the Ministar is also similarly adjustable.

Ministar pickups are custom made for each model and hand wound with individual Alnico 5 magnets for each string. A bit of extra hand winding goes into each pickup providing a slightly higher output while retaining vintage voicing.

In order to guarantee perfect balance when standing and playing or sitting, Ministar guitars include 2 die-cast metal bars with standard strap hooks for connecting a guitar strap, and an additional bar for seated playing. The extension bars mount onto the guitar at a 5 degree angle so the Ministar hangs like any other well balanced instrument.

Ministar’s Castar model features 21 frets, Rosewood fingerboard, 25.5” scale neck, 3 single coil pickups with 5-way pickup selector, stacked volume-tone control, and a tremolo. Another Ministar original design, the tremolo can be set to float, for pulling-up/pushing-down or vibrato, or flat for diving down only with the range of movement also adjustable. Alternatively, the bridge can be locked in place as a fixed, non-movable bridge.

The Lestar features Maple fretboard, 21 frets, 24.75” scale neck, 2 humbuckers, 3 way pickup selector, and stacked volume-tone control.

The Rokstar features Maple fretboard, 24 frets, 25.5” scale neck, 1 “P90” pickup, and stacked volume-tone control.

The Testar features Maple fretboard, 21 frets, 25.5” scale neck, 2 single coil pickups, 3-way pickup selector, phase selector which switches the 2 pickups in and out of phase when the pickup selector is in the middle position, and stacked volume-tone control.

The Jazzstar features Rosewood fingerboard, 21 frets, binding on neck and headstock, 1 Jazz voiced humbucker, and separate volume and tone controls.

The Basstar features Maple fretboard, 24 frets, 34” scale length, 2 single coil pickups, and stacked volume-tone control.

The Basstar 5 is the 5 string version of the Basstar with a single coil pickup. The Basstar F is the fretless version of the Basstar, and the Basstar 5F is the fretless version of the Basstar 5.

All Ministars include a gig bag, guitar strap, 2 extension rods, 1 knee rest extension rod, an adjustable wood block for arm rest, and guitar cable.

Ministar guitars weigh in at only 3lbs while the basses are 5lbs.

More information about Ministar available at http://www.ministarguitars.com
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