This used PRS DGT signature model certainly has a distinctive violet gloss finish, that is perched on a figured maple top, that is loaded with individual character – A used model from 2015 that is complete with the deluxe PRS case, as well as the appropriate swing tag – Having recently reached its 6th birthday, then you may well expect to find a few signs of playing wear – Yet close inspection will reveal very little in the way of a blemish, or a graze – It might not be 100% mint/spotless, but overall it is well worth a 95% clean tag – Any hint of a blemish is very subtle – On second viewing I found a ‘blemish’ on the belly of the guitar – Below the trem and almost on the centre seam of the 2 piece figured maple top – Yet look closer and I wonder if this is in fact a factory ‘flaw’ as the blemish looks under the gloss finish – Close scrutiny and you’ll find the usual hint of haze/oxidization on the nickel hardware – Clean frets – Re-strung with a set of 10-46 gauge strings and set up with a light action that responds to a light touch – I can adjust the set-up as required to suit individual taste – Weighs 7lbs and 11oz so good news for any weight watchers out there – The custom wound and voiced humbuckers measure 7.4K (neck) and 8.65K (bridge) so very much PAF influenced as Dave wished to capture the voice of his old 335 – Note, partial coil tap measurements for a single coil flavoured voice are 4.59K neck and 5.80K bridge
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 Dixie’s Chicks, The Allman Brothers and John Cougar Mellencamp) – The DGT is based on the chassis of the established McCarty model, with a maple top perched upon a thicker mahogany body – It retains the regular PRS 25″ scale length, but now the one piece mahogany neck features a new DGT neck shape, whilst the dark + smooth rosewood fingerboard is impeccably fitted with a set of Dunlop 6100 chunky frets – 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 – The headstock facia features the regular PRS logo, along with an engraved DGT truss rod cover – 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 mahogany 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 – Measures .862″ around the top nut end and .960″ around the 12th fret – Spec’d with a chunky set of 6100 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
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 less appeal to a 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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