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NGD (kinda) - Moderne Copy

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I picked this Moderne copy up a month or two ago, since it's a Dillon it needed a little tweaking before I could call it playable. I upgraded the horrendous stock string trees and at the urging of Walter Broes I installed a Roadhouse VistaTone pickup (which is awesome....really!)

It was kind of an experiment to see if I liked the body style (I do). I'm already kind of gassing for a Gibson model, but luckily the thick necks keep me from getting too close. I already talked to a guy about building a custom one with a 60's slim Gibson neck (like my '61 SG RI) but his price was sky-high - so I'm still fooling with this one.

I'd like to get it custom painted with a sparkle paintjob just to make it even more obnoxious.

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I own two Dillions (PRS style), and have played several others --- SG;s, 335's, Lesters, Strats, Teles, etc. All have been great playing and sounding instruments, so I'm surprised that yours needed tweaking.

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Congrats!

How's the weight on it?

I got a Dillion Mosrite copy for my son and it's the heaviest guitar he owns, but it played and sounded great right out of the box

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The tweaking was more or less related to the string trees on the headstock - stock on left, custom on right - the weird headstock shape requires a weird solution. Otherwise it plays fine. It sounded too much like a Les Paul when I got it so I wasn't super jazzed about it until I got the VistaTone into the bridge. Now it's a wild single coil burner.

It's full pine, so it's super lightweight, definitely lighter than either of my jets, pretty close to the Hot Rod I think? It also plays great, the tuning situation with those trees is mind-boggling, I honestly never missed a true 3x3 setup until now.

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I've been playing it today - I can't recommend the VistaTone pickup enough - it's a humbucker-sized single coil. It's tonally changed the entire character of the guitar, which is pretty impressive for a pine slab. LOL

http://www.roadhousepickups...


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