Leif de Leeuw: tribute to Chuck Berry, playing his Panucci ’59 gold top

Panuccis are played by musicians.  So it’s not a surprise to see them regularly on stage and on television. The Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door (DWDD) features a lot of musicians, including De Staat, Chef’Special, Lucas Hamming, MisterandMississipi and many others. However, this time, when Leif de Leeuw hit the stage, his presence was staggering. The occasion was the death of Chuck Berry. As an act of tribute, Leif de Leeuw put his boots on the table and let his guitar scream, Johnny be good.  One minute of playing and this video was shared virally on Facebook. The vintage sound completely matches the song and Leif’s playing and performance just does it. He plays his own guitar, Panucci 59-C-29. You can see more of Leif on our YouTube Channel. We really enjoy Leif’s talent and his love of Panuccis.

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’59 Inspired – double blind product test

In this early stage of the ’59 series, I need some thorough testing to get a good understanding of the sound and how they are appreciated. Especially because vintage guitars and the real ’59s (build between ’58 and ’60) sound a bit differently than the ones that are build today. My quest is to design a open sounding vintage voiced ’59, what some people call a “tele on steroid”. No muddy neck pickup, but open, bright and with articulation, great dynamics and string separation. What I call, thinner but broader. To find out if people recognized this in my ’59s, I organized a double blind test with eight very different players (from jazz to metal to vintage rock) who tested, scored and judged the guitars, purely on their ears and playability. Here a short impression of the results.
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Oldenburg guitar show: Gregor Hilden chose Panucci

Oldenburg was the first show for us to present the three new ’59 bursts together with the lefty. They got a lot of positive responses as many took the opportunity to test them. Gregor Hilden was there to buy some vintage guitars. But then he tried the ’59s and was impressed by the vintage ’59 sound. He bought one and said he may even keep it for himself. He also tried some Tribute Ts. The blond one with the Rutters / Panucci bridge went to Hilden. The butterscotch got his approval. And I am glad this one is still for sale here with us. Listen to the videos to hear him test the sounds.

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