NAMM 2023: Is Magneto's all-new Starlux the coolest-looking semi-hollow design of 2023?

Magneto Guitars Starlux
(Image credit: Magneto Guitars)

NAMM 2023: It’s set to be a year to remember for Magneto, which has just lifted the curtain off the latest electric guitar design to join its ever-growing family: the Starlux.

The suitably suave semi-hollow won’t officially arrive until later this year, but that won’t stop us – and many other guitar fans, we expect – from appreciating its design and aesthetic in the meantime.

According to the company, the Starlux takes inspiration from the ‘50s, and was crafted with the idea of bringing this spirit “into the next century”. It’s a fairly open design brief, admittedly, but one that has led to a pretty stellar outcome.

Magneto Guitars Starlux

(Image credit: Magneto Guitars)

Specs-wise, the double-cut features a basswood body, which is teamed with a three-piece hard maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, the latter of which is adorned with Magneto’s Starlux inlays.

In the hardware department, a TOM-inspired bridge and Bigsby-style tremolo combination is joined by a bone nut, with a pair of Classic Twin humbuckers answering to a three-way selector switch and two control knobs, presumably master volume and tone parameters.

As an added extra, the Starlux has supposedly been carefully crafted to “perfectly match the playing position”, and weighs a humble 3.6kg.

Magneto Guitars Starlux

(Image credit: Magneto Guitars)

A trio of finishes befitting its retro-meets-modern design will be available, in the form of Candy Apple Red, Sunset Gold and Midnight Silver.

Unfortunately, that’s all we have to go on at the moment, but it looks as though the Starlux will make a fine addition to Magneto’s electric guitar lineup, which is currently spearheaded by Eric Gales’ highly rated RD-3 signature guitar.

Magneto has been previewing the Starlux on its official Instagram account, though, so head that way if you fancy catching some more sneak peeks prior to the guitar’s official launch.

Or, to browse Magneto’s full lineup, visit its official website.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.