DGN Custom Guitars - Paragon '59

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  1. DGNGuitars

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    The Paragon '59 is the newest model to come out of the DGN shop. I wanted to build a guitar that was almost exact in every detail to a Burst, but I wanted to make it uniquely my own. I use the term Replica loosely because this guitar is not a Replica as it lacks certain specific details. Rather, I describe it as "Burst Inspired". Pics first, then specs.

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    If you need to see more pics, head over to my facebook page. There are a whole bunch there - https://www.facebook.com/DGNCustomGuitars

    Also if you would like to see how it came together, I did a build thread on here - http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=969504

    Sadly this is my last set of Old Growth Honduran Mahogany for now.

    Paragon '59 Specs:

    Body and Neck - Old Growth Honduran Mahogany
    Top - Eastern PA Figured Maple
    Fingerboard - Brazilian Rosewood
    Headstock Veneer - American Holly

    6/6 Nylon Nut
    Dave Johnson Inlays
    Bartlett Binding
    Vintage Clone Pickguard and Jack Plate
    Kluson Tuners with Uncle Lou Buttons
    PEC High End Pots
    Luxe Bumble Bee Caps
    DGN hand wound PAF Humbuckers
    Switchcraft Switch and Jack
    All Hardware Aged in my shop

    The guitar was shot in Nitrocellulose Lacquer and I used aniline dyes. The top was then faded in the sun for a total of 6 hours to what you see here. The finish is not and will not be aged or reliced. I believe in good ole play wear. However I did age all of the hardware and screws. I couldn't bring myself to put brand new shiny hardware on this guitar. It just doesn't fit in with the vibe I am after.

    The guitar features many vintage correct details including routing and top carve. The few details that make it uniquely mine are the Headstock shape, the cutaway horn shape and the big one for me, the headstock angle. I have reduced the angle to 10*. With longer grain runout the joint is much stronger and if the worst happens and the guitar takes a fall, the chances of the headstock breaking are greatly reduced.

    Plugged in it really sounds the part. I have been fortunate to work on several late 50's guitars this year and this one fits right in nicely. There will be vids and more pics coming up soon.
     
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  2. fatpansy

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    That is one fine "inspired by" instrument...looks incredible.
     
  3. DGNGuitars

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    Thank you much.
     
  4. DaveK

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    Beautiful work !!
     
  5. JiMB

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    Really nice burst on there. Bet it sounds great.
     
  6. simplecomplexity

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    the flame is powerful!
     
  7. DGNGuitars

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    Thank you all for the kind words.

    Just wanted to mention I am currently taking orders on this model. The pricing is $5500 direct as you see it with a TKL style hard case.
     
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    Here is studio great Nicky Moroch absolutely ripping it up on the Paragon '59 at the New York Guitar Expo earlier today. At 1:16 his buddy cranks the amp to 10. He is playing through my JTM45 1x12 combo.

     
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    Oh My! What a day. First off Dan's Burst is awesome and what a nice guy and great crew too! We were packed from the time we opened the doors and it was steady for 5 hours. We did over 1200 people today and tomorrow has buzz too...thanks to all who came..[​IMG]

    I'm shot, hung around and played accoustic and drank beer with some of the vendors and hit the road at 7:30...and now sippign tequila and ready for bed..[​IMG]
     
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    HAS to be THE snappiest paul I'VE ever heard, period! damn, that's one amazing sounding axe...


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  11. DGNGuitars

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    Thank you much. He makes it sound amazing.
     
  12. simplecomplexity

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    waiting for NYexpo pic thread!
     
  13. DGNGuitars

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    I wish I got more pics. Unfortunately (Great for me) the show was so busy I could barely get away from the booth. I hope someone else grabbed a bunch and posts them up. There was some great stuff to look at.
     
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    I got pics for everybody this week...Dan great meeting you and thanks so much for being part of the show...hope my burst felt as good as yours does LOL
     
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    Looks amazing!
    Can't wait to try one.
     
  16. DGNGuitars

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    This actual guitar is heading your way. I am excited for you to check it out.
     
  17. simplecomplexity

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    staying tuned!
     
  18. DGNGuitars

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    In addition to the Standard Burst type build, I also did one with different tone woods. I used Redwood for the Top, Spanish Cedar for the Body and Neck and Honduran Rosewood for the fingerboard.

    Also this particular guitar is currently for sale. Check out my thread in the Emporium section for more info. :thumb:

    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=1075633

    Here are a few pics of this unique guitar.


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  19. DGNGuitars

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    Did I mention that Lance is doing a demo vid of the faded burst in this thread?? As if that weren't enough, the Tobacco burst guitar is for sale!!!! Go find the thread in the Builders Emporium.
     
  20. Rod

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    Beautiful work Dan.
     

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