This PRS DGT 10 Top Wood Library is more than easy on the eye, with a delectable quilted maple top that features a faded whale blue gloss finish – For the record this is a used DGT from 2015, yet even the most fussy of customers would be hard pushed to find any hint of a graze or previous signs of use – It is exceptionally clean and complete with the deluxe case, appropriate tags, as well as the original Willcutts tag/certificate – In no particular order let me update you with a few additional details :-
- Wood Library PRS Guitars – At times, select UK PRS Dealers will stock a few desirable Wood Library models – In the USA it is often a case, that select dealers will hand pick the appropriate woods, from Paul’s personal ‘Wood Library’ to create their own dream machine – In this instance this DGT has been custom ordered and spec’d by Willcutt Guitars
- Wood Library – click here for pics and info regarding the PRS Wood Library
- South American mahogany body – whole guitar weighs 7lbs and 7oz
- 10 Top quilted maple top with a V12 finish – faded whale blue – Sorry but my pics do not capture the true beauty of the figured top, or indeed the faded whale blue finish
- One piece korina neck with a rosewood headstock facia Cocobolo fingerboard – lush + exotic colour and figuring – mother of pearl inlays
- DGT/Standard neck profile – measures .848″ around the top nut end and .957″ around the 12th fret
- Emerson/CTS 500K pots with treble bleed cap on the volume pots
- CTS 500k push/pull pot for the partial coil top option Gold/nickel blend hardware
- Phase 111 PRS tuners – ultra smooth feel
- PRS DGT humbuckers – measure 7.30K neck + 8.53K bridge so very much in the vintage paf camp – Measure 4.6K neck and 5.75K bridge in single coil mode
Product Features :- The Dave Grissom model (DGT) is the result of a collaboration between 2 fine guitar enthusiasts – On one hand you have Paul Reed Smith, the master guitar builder (as well as a talented guitarist), whilst on the other hand you have Dave Grissom (a renowned USA session guitarist who has toured and recorded with the likes of Dixies Chicks, The Allman Brothers and John Cougar Mellencamp) – The DGT is based on the chassis of the established McCarty model, with a delectable quilted maple top perched upon a thicker mahogany body – It retains the regular PRS 25″ scale length, with a one piece korina neck that features a new DGT neck shape, whilst the rosewood fingerboard is impeccably fitted with a set of chunky frets and set-up with a set of 10’s – Unlike the McCarty model, the DGT is installed with the PRS modern fulcrum tremelo system, complete with solid brass bridge saddles and tremelo block – Note the smooth PRS locking tuners with the brass tuning posts, as well as a set of faux ivory tuning buttons – Control wise, the DGT is pretty much unique for a PRS Guitar thanks to two individual volume pots, a master tone pot with a push/pull coil tap option, plus a traditional 3 way selector switch – More on this further below
Playing performance :- Comfortable and easy to handle is the first initial comment, with just enough meat on the neck to add girth, but certainly nothing to impede your technique – The neck profile is based on the popular PRS Standard/Regular profile, so a similar depth to the wide/fat profile with a top nut width that is slimmer by a gnats whisker – This simply equates to a neck that is a touch slimmer than a Les Paul 50’s neck, yet a touch fatter than a 60’s Strat neck – Spec’d with a chunky set of frets, so it is so easy to dig in and control those big moody blues bends – Even with a fairly slinky action it won’t choke out – The whole PRS playing experience is about offering a guitar that is effortless to play, so cascading licks, or pentatonic blues bends are easy to handle
Two volume controls – The large majority of PRS models feature a single master volume control, to control both pick-ups, but the DGT offers 2 volume controls and of course a master tone pot – Leave the 3 way selector switch in the middle position, then as you roll off either of the volume pots, listen to the finer nuances of tone that is available to you – Subtle yet very effective – For example, utilise the bridge pick-up, but now add a touch more depth and thickness to this tone as you blend in the neck pick-up – Or indeed take the neck pick-up and dial in a touch of edge and brightness from the bridge pick-up – That is not the end of it – Try the same with the coil tap options and you’ll find some excellent Tele-esq and Strat-esq voices – Such tonal quality ensures the DGT is often dubbed ‘the guitar players’ guitar as it is loaded with soul and emotion
Tonal Character :- The DGT pick-ups – There has been a lot of talk about the DGT pick-ups – Dave owns an original 335, with a pair of the highly sought after PAF pick-ups – This is the tone he required from his custom spec’d PRS Signature model – Time was spent trying different magnets, different windings and a host of other options, with the sole task of capturing the tone of his 335 – When Dave was happy with the final result, testing was over – The result is that these pick-ups are only available on a DGT Guitar and are not available to be purchased on their own from within the PRS pick-up range – Played acoustically this DGT has a vibrant big voice – Some players pass comment that the PRS DGT is the guitar players guitar – Maybe a vague comment or that it is so versatile – As an overview it captures the old school vibe of a 335, or Les Paul, from the golden vintage era of PAF pick-ups, which makes it so desirable for classic rock and blues, so maybe less of an appeal to any die hard shred player – So warm, fat rich and smooth and sings when it needs to – Good articulation so it never enters the world of mushy, but there is enough meat in the tone to add body – Clean tones support lush chords and chilled out licks and if you are in the land of BB King, then the DGT is more than happy to join you – Drop to the neck pick-up for exceptionally warm tones, or the bridge pick-up for more bite yet always musical – Add the gain on the amp and from more subtle settings to saturated hi-gain the DGT is on home turf – Pete Green or Paul Kossoff, to Bonamassa or Moore and the DGT knows what it is doing – It is the type of guitar that you don’t get bored of – Some tonal variations are more subtle than others yet equally they are very effective – No one guitar is the be all and end all that does everything, but the DGT covers a lot of turf and is a modern day classic based on the old school values of many fine guitars from a previous golden era
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