Dillion DLP625 Reviews 5

I got this paricular guitar at A+ Music in Hickory as a Christmas gift from my dad. I wanted a new guitar and I was looking for a black Les Paul design without having to shell out the 1500+ dollars. The fellow who owns the store said that he had a rather stand-out Les Paul copy and directed me too it. My dad paid 650 for the guitar itself (the guy discounted fifty dollars because of the holiday season, and an additional fifty because UPS had chipped the bottom a little), and it came out to about $714 with strap locks and a hardshell case.

I like the classic look. This is classic design, from the gold hardware to the glossy (almost glass-like) black finish. The trapezoid inlays are also a nice touch (I don't know about you, but I can't stand dot inlays on anything but a Stratocaster). The sound is good too. The strength of the humbuckers on this guitar is versatility. They produce a good smooth jazz sound as well as a great Metal/Led Zeppelin-like bite when used with distortion. I particularly like the bite in the sound. The fretwork is great. It was one of the major selling points for me. The guitar plays incredibly smooth. Sliding is very sleek, and bending is easy. This guitar just screams classy. One other thing I like, it's body. It's not as bottom-heavy as most Les Pauls. I like having a guitar that rides low in the strap that i can let pivot around a bit when soloing. I've played my dad's ES-335, which, though one of my favorite guitars, you just don't feel detached from it. It's a real body-hugger, a guitar you play Beatles-style, with the headboard up near your own head. I just like the guitar to feel fluid in my hands, which is how this guitar comes across to me. It seems durable, though i haven't had it for long. It doesn't go out of tune unless your really whangin on it for a long time.

I can't really think of anything, except that its looks force me to baby it too much (never, ever wiped down a guitar's neck and body with a polishing cloth after playing before).

Like I said, for the price range, its a solidly built instrument. It's durable, light-weight, rarely goes out of tune, and the fretwork is good. It has dual tone and volume knobs, which allow for a good variety of tones. It has gold hardware, covered pickups, and all-metal tuners, something you won't see on an Epiphone Les Paul. The finish is of good quality. Tune-O-Matic bridge is a nice feature.

Essentially, it's the look of a Les Paul, the feel of a Les Paul, and the sound of a Les Paul, for less than a Les Paul (i made that up all by myself, hehe). This is higher quality than an Epiphone at a comparable price. I recommend it as a good playing guitar.

J. Baker rated this unit 5 on 2001-12-10.

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