Dillion DR-500-XI

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Dillion

Description Hand made set neck 24 fret solid body guitar.
Posted By Bill North (12505)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 8/12/2003, Bill North (12505) posted:
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I have all the guitars I needed, but this one called out to me, even over the internet. I'm usually a cautious buyer, who plays an instrument over a week or so (at the guitar store) before buying, so this is a one time deal for me. It turned out to be a lucky buy.

I'd buy another, but not over the internet. Go to the Dillion Web site and the have contact info there. They'll even find the guitar you want for you and ship it to a dealer near you so you can try before you buy.

Here are some pics, note the detail work on the abalone fret markers:
Model Year: 2002
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: E-Bay
Hand made in Korea. Solid maple body and neck, quilted maple laminated top, rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and smooth silky, fretwork with abalone Isis inlays for fret markers. Transparent blue stain with layers and layers of clearcoat. Controls are simple: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, One 3-way pickup selector switch. I replaced the pickups with a Gibson Classic 57 in the neck position and a Gibson BurstBucker III in the bridge position. The last picture shows this mod. It's a basic PRS knockoff, with just slightly simplifies lines(the quilting around the control cluster). but the neck is far superior to the recent PRS as the heel is compact and does not get in the way. The stock tuners were ok, but I dropped in a set of Shallers (the stock were clones) for silky tuning. It's has a tuneamatic style bridge and stop tailpiece.
It took me a while to warm up to this guitar. I'm used to the Fenders and Gibsons I've been playing since 1959 and the flat neck (wide radius) felt clumsy and out of control. I dropped the action and gave it a overall good setup and played her for about a month. It is so responsive that when I play my Tele or my LP it feels much stiffer and les intimate. I can find no flaws, neither in looks nor playability.
Sound Quality:
I usually play it through either my Fender Blues Jr or my Mesa Boogie Triple Rec, with just a splash of reverb. I'm thinking of getting a rotary speaker system, but that's in the future, not now. I play the Blues and Classic Rock genre and I get all the tones I need from this guitar. It is full, rich and clear sounding. All the electronics are nice and clear for now, but It's only two months old.
I've used it as my primary stage and practice guitar and other than strings (they wear out and lose tone, not break), it has not given me any problems yet.