The DGT is the Perfect Guitar... for Me

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Tramp, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. Tramp

    Tramp To and Fro, Mostly Fro

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    I got into the PRS game late having owned guitars by many of today's best builders, including Gustavsson, Lentz, d'Pergo, Thorn, Brondel/Thornton, Myka, McIntruff, Collings, Grosh, Suhr and Anderson, not to mention the biggies. My first was a McCarty DC 594, followed by a Private Stock Santana, then a DGT. The 594 was a huge step up from most of the LP style guitars I'd played. I loved the versatility and became especially fond of the split bridge/hum neck position. The Santana was an amazing guitar but more suited to Carlos' style than mine (duh!).

    I bought the DGT out of curiosity mainly, having heard such wonderful things over the years. I found a beautiful Artist model online with (to judge by the headstock inscription, not the seller's representation) a dark Brazilian board and some well-earned play wear. I liked it very much initially, but only fell for it when I discovered that, to get the best out of these guitars, you really need to avoid diming ANYTHING. On balance, I play much cleaner than David G and would never turn a tone pot down to zero, but the tones I can get with the tone knob in the 5-8 range and balancing neck and bridge in the middle position are to die for. And the bridge pickup has remarkable clarity for something so hot. I use it far more than any bridge before.

    I’ve read that some dislike the largish frets, but the combination of these and what for me is a Goldilocks neck make the DGT supremely playable.

    I've spent several years not knowing which of my 4 other electrics are #1. (They've all occupied that spot for months at a time.) The 594 and Santana are gone, though I do have a 53/10 Limited in the U.K. waiting for its CITES paperwork! In the meantime, the DGT is #1 and likely to stay there for a very long time. Truly the most tuneful, versatile guitar I've ever played!

    Because this thread would be useless without pics:

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  2. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 New Member

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    That's one beautiful guitar you've got there.

    I joined the family about 5 yrs. ago when I picked up an '09 DGT Sunburst 10-Top.

    I own about 38 electrics and the DGT is in the top 5 guitars in my collection, for playability, tone, and versatility.
     
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  3. Tramp

    Tramp To and Fro, Mostly Fro

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    I need to try an 09 one of these days, to see what nitro adds to the equation!
     
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  4. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Hot guitar!
     
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  5. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    That's one smoking hot DGT!
     
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  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Gorgeous guitar! They’re great players, they sound great, and by the way, that finish is superb.
     
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  7. Tramp

    Tramp To and Fro, Mostly Fro

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    Thanks, all! With this guitar more than any other I’ve owned, I will forget for days ata a time just how beautiful it is, focusing only on the supreme playability and the gorgeous, versatile tones.
     
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  8. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    Beauty! I love DGT’s!
     
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  9. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Beautiful guitar! Congrats on a great choice
     
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  10. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Love it when a guitar is a supreme fit! Congrats, it's gorgeous.
     
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  11. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    Totally agree with the sentiments on the neck and pickups. They defy the general convention and are supremely flexible. Your comments about the bridge pickup are spot-on...so much power yet more controllable than nearly anything else on the market. Set your amp properly and you have exactly what DG plays on stage. Big strings, big frets, comfy neck. It doesn’t get any better!

    And yours is gorgeous!
     
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  12. markd21

    markd21 New Member

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    VERY nice!!! I've been rocking my DGT the last couple days - I often forget how killer it is!
     
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  13. Paz

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    Do you guys all keep the 11 gauge strings it comes with?
     
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  14. Tramp

    Tramp To and Fro, Mostly Fro

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    Mine came with 10s, which is what I usually play. I find that 11s on any guitar tend to take away something on the top end that I very much like. I should throw a set on one of these days, though.
     
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    markd21 New Member

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    Nope. Mine has been set up for .09s.
     
  16. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf I'm a Dog! I do Dog Things!

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    I changed the top 3 unwound strings to 10gauge I left the 11s on the big fat power chord side of the guitar. I had to adjust the tremolo claw screws a
    very small amount ~ one turn to level the trem. It's super amazing I was small having difficulty bending the top 3 (3 fret bends were just not gettin there) now they feel like butter with tens. This totally allowed me to not touch the truss rod adjustment. Still perfectly set up. I think if you go to all tens you'll have to loosen the truss rod a little bit. And maybe remove one of the trem springs.

    To the OP I feel like I wrote that every word resonates with my experience, the middle position is a joy of tonal complexity with those knobs.
    The jumbo frets make all my Gilmore bends & playing a breeze. Congrats
     
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  17. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Good lookin’ guitar, congrats on finding your muse!
     
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  18. Tramp

    Tramp To and Fro, Mostly Fro

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    I tend to favor the middle position on almost any guitar, including Strats and Teles. What’s great about the DGT for me is the balance b/w pickups. Many complain that the DGT neck is dark and weak. Perhaps, but it pairs with the bridge in a magical way!
     
  19. marooned

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    I’ve had mine about 6 weeks now, it’s a stunning guitar....awesome neck and the addition of the separate vol controls makes a huge difference in the mixed pup tones.

    Took a week or so to get used to 11’s but the tone makes up for any struggles with the heavier strings.
    I’ve not played my other guitars since the DGT arrived but I pulled out the Santana last night...I was flying on it! The practice for weeks with 11’s then back to 10’s made the 10’s feel like rubber bands ha ha.

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  20. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    I’ve had a springy woody thingy for this run ever since I saw it. I am grateful to have crossed paths with one.
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