SE DGT first observations

Scooterjohn

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Now that I've done my unboxing, taken a couple of pictures, and played with it for a bit...I'll pause for a bit to express my thoughts.

First off: I really like the look of this one...the finish is very nice, no flaws to be seen. There's just a hint of fret edges on the treble side, but not bad at all.
This guitar is super resonant...probably more so than the examples I tried earlier.

However, the action is pretty high. Higher than the two I played recently. I don't have my actions ultra low, haven't had it that way for awhile...but this is TOO high. It kind of feels like I'm fighting it a bit. There's some buzz on the upper frets, and I think there's too much neck relief. I'm not an expert on set ups, so I will be taking it to someone I can trust right away, to make sure it's capable of getting to where I need it to be. If not, it's going back.

It's quite a bright guitar (very possibly because of the string height), but I haven't made any pickup height adjustments yet. I want to see how I like where they are now, for awhile.
 
Ok, took the guitar to a next level luthier, and there's no issue a good set up won't fix. I brought another guitar with me, and left that one there as well. It will be about a week and a half wait.

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I didn’t realize the gold top had natural binding. They look great together.

It’s actually stained different from the body. I’m not sure how… it’s not like you could just tape it off that accurately. I’ve had mine for about a year and just noticed the mahogany grain on that strip below the veneer. I’m guessing the opaque black paint helps.
 
It's a shame the SE models use the darkest non-roasted maple known to humankind.
 
I’m told that the solid mahogany core DGT bodies are more mello sounding than those with a maple top. That must be why the cap and resistor values are a bit different for the SE’s. I’ve got a goldtop and love it… had to change those nobs though.
 
I was a few counties away from home at a family gathering today, and hit a bar near our hotel. There was a band, and the guitarist had a core McCarty, some kind of semi-hollow body Yamaha, and a gold top DGT SE. I told him I had just gotten one. When they finished, he brought it to our table to check out. Nice guy. The bridge was decked…he said “it came that way”. Mine was floating, like most I’ve seen.
 
I was a few counties away from home at a family gathering today, and hit a bar near our hotel. There was a band, and the guitarist had a core McCarty, some kind of semi-hollow body Yamaha, and a gold top DGT SE. I told him I had just gotten one. When they finished, he brought it to our table to check out. Nice guy. The bridge was decked…he said “it came that way”. Mine was floating, like most I’ve seen.
I didnt think one could deck the bridge on a DGT SE. If the bridge screws wer lowered so the bridge would sit flat on the guitar top, i thought the saddles would be sticking way high.
 
I didnt think one could deck the bridge on a DGT SE. If the bridge screws wer lowered so the bridge would sit flat on the guitar top, i thought the saddles would be sticking way high.
I can't speak to that, I only had it in my hands for a few seconds, but long enough to see the bridge down on the body.
 
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