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post #1861 of 4641
i see your local guitar center has a DSL15H. worth a quick look on the way home to get an idea of the tone the DSL series can produce.
post #1862 of 4641
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

i couldn't comment on that just yet as I haven't played one of the AZN DSL's, but my DSL40 (last of the UK DSL's) is built like a fucking tank. It's in great shape even though the previous owner gigged it a ton over the past 12+ years.


The Fender MIJ era stuff was a different beast all together vs. most other "made in China" products, and that's mostly a reflection of where Fender was at the time.

The last clause about Fender is part of what I'm saying. Made in USA or UK does not mean the product is automatically high quality. As we know the MIJ happened because Fender USA could not hammer a 2x4 straight at the time.

However, the negative reviews have me thinking now.
post #1863 of 4641
i wouldn't read much into the negative reviews. look for reviews from guitar magazines first.


what I would do (and actually what I did) is sit around tiger style, then pounce on a DSL401 when one pops up. Can be had for the $350-450 mark.
post #1864 of 4641
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

i wouldn't read much into the negative reviews. look for reviews from guitar magazines first.


what I would do (and actually what I did) is sit around tiger style, then pounce on a DSL401 when one pops up. Can be had for the $350-450 mark.

I can get a new DSL40C for $550.
post #1865 of 4641
I could have as well. I wanted the 401. when it comes to music stuff, price is never really a consideration for me.
post #1866 of 4641
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So we've removed price...think the used is better than the new given the model change?
post #1867 of 4641
i don't know enough about the new one in regards to build and circuitry to draw an accurate comparison. My father owned a 401 years ago, and I loved playing that amp, so after some searches I found one pop up for $300 and I grabbed it. I'd imagine that both amps are somewhat similar, the 40C might have another feature or two (power break for starters), but I only run the clean channel so I just needed the headroom that I knew was great on the 401. The 401 is UK made, and if I'm honest that did kind of make a difference for me, but that's illogical.

I believe that on release, the prices of the 401 were in the $700-800 range, and so the cheap labor has the 40C at the lower $500 mark. This is why you'll see a used 401 within shooting range of a new 40C. Prices for the 401 seem pretty stable and I don't expect them to change, while a 40C from the showroom floor will naturally take a hit as soon as you swipe your card.

I think you'd love either the 401 or the 40C, they're both really awesome amps. A 401 would obviously have to be considered used, but that's totally fine.

some early 401's had a minor overheating issue that was resolved after 2003 or so, and the fix was pretty easy should the amp have any problems. Mine is pre-2003, but i haven't noticed any issues, neither did the previous owner. To help keep it that way, I've basically removed the entire back to get some more air circulating back there. It also lets me see the tupes, which is kind of pr0nographic to me.
post #1868 of 4641
the colder temperatures and my poorly temperature regulated apartment means I'll probably end up with some sweet weather checking come summer, especially on the newly painted strat.

it also means that both the strat and tele are constantly out of tune. since the tele is easier to tune, it's probably what I'll reach for 80% of the time.
post #1869 of 4641
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

PRS are beautiful, generally.

I've owned a handful of PRS guitars (custom 22, 24, McCarty) but ended up parting with all of them. They're beautiful and perfectly crafted instruments. I got a small ding on the custom 24, and I was completely mortified. I couldn't deal with the perfectness.


The other day, the dog was chasing a tennis ball that I was flinging around the apartment, and she knocked down the tele. I didn't give a shit.
post #1870 of 4641

Anyone know any good thumbpicks that doesnt make your thumb turn purple/blue? 

post #1871 of 4641
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Originally Posted by gort View Post

Man I find myself wanting to get a new guitar more and more these days. I used to have almost a dozen guitars at one point but I massively downsized my collection and I barely play any more. I am currently oogling this a few times a day:


That is fucking beautiful.
post #1872 of 4641
Just had my 02 LP Standard outfitted with some Jason Lollar pups wound to my spec, along with an electronics overhaul.

New switch, all new vintage wiring, 500k volume 550k tone pots real vintage bees sourced from a 1963 ES-330. All I have to say is....OH MY GOD.

post #1873 of 4641
Glorious. Still finishing up my own rewiring job. Added push-pulls for out-of-phase, and in-series tone.
post #1874 of 4641
Recently started playing again. Just have my early behringer + starter amp at the moment. Dean v pro is at home (the dimebag model). Looking forward to following this thread!
post #1875 of 4641
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

the colder temperatures and my poorly temperature regulated apartment means I'll probably end up with some sweet weather checking come summer, especially on the newly painted strat.

it also means that both the strat and tele are constantly out of tune. since the tele is easier to tune, it's probably what I'll reach for 80% of the time.

I let the bridge on my strat run free a little while ago (I had previously locked it in place with a block for many many years)...my god I forgot how much of a pain it is to tune this thing.
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