Doctor of Teleocity
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- Mar 29, 2007
- Manassas Park, VA
Great info- will let all sink inI felt the same way — I wished the DC Junior FAT came with 2 pickuos too. I tend to play neck pickup only, or neck + bridge pickup, but rarely bridge-only, so the idea of a guitar without a neck pickup seemed foreign to me. But the rest of the specs (even the color) seemed perfect to me, so I decided to consider it challenge. “ Can I learn to deal without a neck pickup?” I turns out, “Yes, I can!” It forced me to better my picking.
The pickup is a stacked pair of coils and the volume knob is a push-pull pot. Down is “normal” single-coil and Up is dual-coil. For me, adding the second coil removes too much upper harmonic content, so I usually don’t use it, But it’s there if I want a little boost and the volume is already max’ed.
I actually liked my DC Junior FAT so much that I bought a second one to stash away as an unmodded spare and bought an SC Special hoping it would be the same guitar, but with a neck pickup. But the SC Special is not the same. The neck profile is slimmer and the Soapbar pickups are darker, so it doesn’t have the same magic for me.
Before I bought it, I read a lot of forum posts about the FAT’s neck not being fat enough for a lot of guitarists. It’s not as big as a Baja Tele neck, but it’s very rounded and fills my smaller-than-average hands nicely — much better Fender modern C or Gibson 60s slim taper. The Asian ebony was a big surprise to me. It’s closed-pore like “normal” ebony, but it feels a little waxy like some rosewoods do and has the color of dark rosewood without the streaks that plague a lot of new guitars these days.
It’s great to hear that @ChicknPickn likes the neck on his new SC Junior. It’s probably the same profile as my DC Junior FAT and it looks like the same finish. If it sounds the same as my FAT in single-coil mode, then I know it’s a surprising guitar that’s a real bargain. These things make fantastic “beater” guitars. I finally found some guitars that I can leave on guitar stands 24x7 without worrying about them.
I'd like a fat neck! ( not so much huge, but round)
I have a Strat and a Tele , both with Fender modern C necks, and an Epi SG, with the '60's slim taper.
All are pretty comfy for me, but I also know how much I'd love a rounder/fatter neck.
Funny, I have always used all pickup positions ( big variety of music at gigs) of either 2 or 3 pickup guitars.
So my 'rational' brain says " go with the 2 pickup LP Special type guitar, you will regret just one pickup!"
But my R&R side loves the minimalist vibe ( and stripped down beautiful) of a Junior- a friend of mine has a real '57 ( lightweight and so comfy!) and this guitar plugged into a cranked '66 Super Reverb is without a doubt, one of the best R&R sounds I've ever heard, period!
My heart & gut say " get the Jr., you will love it!"