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Whoo! New Dot! (and a few thoughs about it to see if anyone agrees)


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Well, I just got my new Dot. Broke a string :( so haven't gotten around to taking pictures yet as I'm planning on going to go get new strings first and polish it up. However, I fooled around with the five strings (no B) and figured a few things out:

 

1. Compared to my Strat knockoff, the body is a lot bigger. It'll take some getting used to.

2. I have big hands, so the neck profile isn't a problem

3. The tone knobs don't do all that much (better than my Strat knockoff, though)

4. It took me a bit to work out which knobs did what

 

Other than that, the pickups sound really good for what I play (classic rock) and I'm looking forward to it.

 

Your thoughts about my little list?

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as a fellow lefty, I 'll clue you into to something that you may or may not be aware of...most lefty guitars come

from the factory reverse wired as compared to their RH counterparts...the companies set them up so the controls

work mirror image to rightys...so you turn counter clockwise to turn up the volume as opposed to clockwise

for rightys (both turn down for more volume)...

 

seems straightforward, right? the problem is that they use the same pots and they do not work correctly that way...

so leftys get either full treble or treble cut, with little change in between (volume is usually OK)...there are some

good threads over on the FDP that specifically address the problem, elliot easton of the cars even got involved and

related his experiences with fender and gibson attempting to get this rectified...

 

the only LH I have that worked correctly from the factory is an SG special faded which is wired just like a righty and has

full tonal range...after a year, I finally got my luthier to rewire my joe pass, casino, and elitist LP standard (which by the

way came with 3 500K and 1 250K pot...so much for MIJ quality control LOL)...anyway, he rewired the JP and casino to

standard RH operation for $25 each and did the same as well as replace the 250K pot in the LP for free (he had

an acoustic for way too long and this was his way of making up for it)...

 

end result is all three guitars now have full tonal range and are vastly improved...I may attempt my USA strat myself,

because I did not have the funds for him to do it...

 

anyway, good luck and hope this helps...

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Well' date=' I just got my new Dot. Broke a string default_eusa_wall.gif so haven't gotten around to taking pictures yet as I'm planning on going to go get new strings first and polish it up. However, I fooled around with the five strings (no :D and figured a few things out:

 

1. Compared to my Strat knockoff, the body is a lot bigger. It'll take some getting used to.

2. I have big hands, so the neck profile isn't a problem

3. The tone knobs don't do all that much (better than my Strat knockoff, though)

4. It took me a bit to work out which knobs did what

 

Other than that, the pickups sound really good for what I play (classic rock) and I'm looking forward to it.

 

Your thoughts about my little list?

 

1. If you're used to doing volume swells with the Strat, I'd highly reccommend a Morley Volume Pedal. Otherwise...no, the 500k pot isn't as responsive as those single coils with the 250k pots.

 

2. Get the nut replaced. Get a bone one cut. (just a suggestion on that, but it will improve the tone.)

 

3. If you're happy with the pickups, I wouldn't bother getting them upgraded.

 

4. Amplifier....depends on what you're doing. My workhorse amp (small clubs) is a Roland Cube 60. Great amplifier that has easy to use settings for a variety of models, and it's got some built in effects and can be used with the Boss Footswitches. (I used it to play a blues gig, which required clean playing, or on some songs slight crunch with a touch of tremolo or phase on a song or two....)

 

Glad you're digging it! You'll have to let me know about that Dot, since I am another leftie, and I'm curious as to how she'll turn out once you've got her set up.

 

Party on!

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