as it meets its intended goal of providing
a very broad frequency response. These
pickups utilize an aluminum exoskeleton
in conjunction with conventional ceramic 8
magnets that use 95% less wire than traditional pickups. This not only reduces the
overall weight of the instrument (by about
1/2 pound), but this design is intended to
enhance the nuances of your amplifier.
Amplified, this guitar cuts its own swath in
the sonic landscape, delivering four unique
tones in both clean and overdriven settings.
Plugging into a vintage blackface Fender
Bandmaster driving a 2x10 Music Man
cab, the Dorchester responded with chime
and authority across the entire tonal spectrum. The neck pickup is woody, but not
too “boomy,” and both pickups in parallel
(position 3) offer a wonderful, harmonically
rich experience perfect for fingerpicking.
The bridge pickup was somewhat strident,
but backing off the Tone knob a couple of
notches produced a tone reminiscent of
blending a 335 with a Gretsch. Adding a
dimed Barber Burn Unit to the mix kicked
things up with the position one setting
(both pickups in series), delivering a searing
tone with the edge of harmonic feedback
within easy reach.
The bridge pickup held up well, delivering a
great, snarling seventies rock tone that would
make Pete Townsend think twice before
sending the guitar headstock-first through a
4x12 enclosure. I did experience a touch of
microphonic feedback in the bridge setting—
this is a typical issue with chambered body
guitars. The neck pickup alone serves up its
own tone that had me playing Neil Young
one-note leads with reckless abandon. Similar
drive tones were had testing the guitar
through a Carr Mercury, as well as a modded
Marshall JTM- 30 (Both amps running EL34
output tubes). Even as someone who already
owns too many guitars, I would give serious
thought to adding this uniquely styled tone
machine to my arsenal.
You enjoy being on the cutting edge of guitar styling and
design—all at a great price.
You are more of a traditionalist
seeking more established tones, or
a high-gain shredder.
Rating... 4. 5
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