Any Dillion Fans?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Dan R, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

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    I have recently looked at some Dillion guitars and they seem to be a good alternative to Epiphone in many cases. They are guitars based on value rather than name brand.

    Nothing against Gibson, I'd love to have a beautiful sunburst Les Paul, but I am just not going to spend so much hard earned cash on a guitar. I am over the name brand thing. It's a tool to make music for me, nothing else. I don't need to be proud of a guitar, I want to play and enjoy it. No offense to anyone who owns pricey guitars that they dearly love. I also realize that no name guitars have no resale value.

    So what about Dillion?
     
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    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I’ve played a few. Their semi hollow model and a LP type, and a really thin pancake electric. Sorry, I don’t know the model names. IMO they look better in the pictures. As for the rest of the factors, playability and sound, they’re not bad. Not great, not bad.
     
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    Dillion guitars are just another import guitar, no better, no worse.
     
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    Dan R Friend of Leo's

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    Wait a minute. Isn't a MIJ Fender an import guitar? I certainly wouldn't say a MIJ Fender is just another import guitar. Japanese guitars have some of the finest necks you will ever find. Maybe you should define "import" a little more specifically.
     
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  5. blowtorch

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    My Dillion is a dilly
    [​IMG]
     
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    I have owned a few and they are great guitars for the money.
     
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    Nothing wrong with Dillion. Their old Mosrite clones are great.

    Made overseas doesn't mean anything anymore. 99% of the stuff we use every day is made in Asia.
     
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    My experience with them is less satisfying than expected. I drove two states away to try a new one that I had GAS for. One minute in my hands and I was done with it. I tried a few other models just to see if I was testing a lemon, but nope, they just don't seem to be players. I expected at least Epiphone quality, but something is amiss with them. YMMV
     
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    I've been a big Bob Dillion fan for years.
     
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    I have found that no matter who makes a guitar, there are critics who will declare it a waste of money or only good as a modding platform. "Just needs tuners, nut, bridge, pick-ups, better pots, etc..."
    Bottom line is if you played it, and liked it, then buy it. Don't worry about the rest of the world. They can buy the guitar they want.
     
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    I had a “Canadian” Dillion, and it was superb, great neck, good fret work, nice rosewood board, light weight. It was a Les Paul Junior double-cut, and I upgraded the bridge and P90. Installed a bone nut and locking tuners. Fresh wire work and bell knobs with pointers.

    Long story short, I found out the neck tenon was glued on, end grain to end grain. WTH?

    So you know how Gibsons are notorious for snapping at the headstock to neck transition? Well this guitar survived a fall in that area (thanks scarf joint), but split in two at the body to neck. It was a real ‘clean’ break too :rolleyes:

    I know the Dillion “USA” folks try to trash on the Canadian stuff, but all of it is made overseas. I don’t think the Canadian thing is even relevant anymore except on the used market. YMMV.
     
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    My Dillion is the best-sounding guitar I've ever played. Nothing else in my 50+ stable measures up. That dogear P90 is just the right combination of warm and raw.

    This didn't happen until I raised all the pole pieces skyhigh, though
     
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    If i recall correctly these are Korea made ... I rate MIK above MII or MIC but behind MIJ or USA ...
     
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    I just saw Blowtorch's post and I'm still posting this!

    I've played their Junior copies at Music Go Round and I think they're very nice. I found this picture online. Mr. Blowtorch has impeccable taste!

    [​IMG]

    This one is $335 on Reverb. They play well and sound good and they don't have the big long Epi head stock. It's just taste and my taste means nothing but I don't like the big long Epi headstocks. I'm glad that Fender uses traditional headstocks on Squiers.
     
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    That logo font is totally different than mine, and I don't know but that may denote "Canadian" vs "USA" Dillion, which I am pretty sure are all imported anyway, but I'm not sure which is which, and don't know that it really matters at all
     
  16. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

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    Incidentally, I have owned American made guitars all my life. Fender, Gibson, Heritage. The only imports I've owned are a Danelectro U-2 and a Tokai ATE-61 (like a sunburst custom), unless you count a MIM tele. All great guitars, by the way. Now I'm down to just my old 70's tele and Gibson Hummingbird.

    Anyway, my mind is open. Sure I can appreciate the fit and finish of a well made guitar, but my friend's MIM Strat sounded better to me than my MIA Strat. Those MIA pickups seemed lifeless. Just sayin'.
     
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    which horses are in said stable? not questioning, just checking for context.
     
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    Let's see...Lots of seldom heard of stuff like PureSalem, Waterstone, Prodigal, SX, Agile, and Douglas, but also Danelectro, Tokai, Epiphone, Fender, Squier, Airline, Parker, Dean, Hamer, Ibanez, Schecter, Charvel, Dearmond, Fernandez, Roland, Gibson, Gretsch, PRS... that's off the top of my head. It'd probably be easier to list what I don't have at this point, actually.

    And, I'm not bragging. It's ridiculous
     
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    I had a Dillion Firebird that I flipped after awhile. It was a good guitar- well made, good sound, good player. I just didn't like how LONG
    Firebirds are-- felt like playing a bass. But the Dillion was fine.
     
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    Yep. I rarely play my HLK firebird copy for just that reason. Somehow they are way more unwieldy than an explorer-type, which, I'd thought it'd be similar in that sense
     
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