1 JimmyR 2 weeks ago Last year I bought a '59 VS Duo Jet which was a revelation for me and it's probably become my favourite guitar. I've owned a few Duo Jets over the years, both with Dearmond style pickups and Filter'trons. The '59 VS blew me away with how much better it sounded than any other Jet I had tried.So I thought how bad could the '53 VS be? It looks beautiful! So after selling a Strat I had just enough to order a '53 VS Duo Jet. It only arrived yesterday and I have to admit that when I first tuned it up and plugged it in I was rather underwhelmed. To get any body out of the bridge pickup I had to turn everything up so far that when I switched to the neck pickup all I got was boominess. I adjusted the bridge pickup as high as it would go given the three shims it had under it but there was only thin ugliness. It also doesn't play quite as well as my '59. Maybe I got lucky with the '59? That one is unusually well made - the action is lower than I usually like and still it plays and sounds incredible. The '53 appears to have smaller frets and I need to adjust the nut a little as the strings are a bit high. It should play better then I guess. You can feel sharp fret ends along the neck too - that doesn't happen on the '59.But last night I remembered reading here about turning the bridge T-Armond around so that the pole pieces were closer to the neck. I did that to the bridge pickup and man what a difference! It's like a completely different guitar now. All of a sudden it has character and guts. Wow. It even sounded good through a 50W plexi I just finished.So it hasn't been an instant bonding experience like it was with the '59 VS, but I'm starting to enjoy playing the new one now. It needs a little sorting out but I think it's will all work out. It is also incredibly light. It has to be the lightest electric guitar I have had.