D'Pergo Guitars are considered by many to be the top of the food chain along with Detemple & Wysocki (for F-Style Guitars). I can personally attest to the fact that you will be hard pressed to find a more perfect hand-made instrument. Think of a Bentley. The finish is deep. The woods are visually luscious. The attention to detail like softly rolled fretboard edges make you understand that this guitar took multiples of time to create vs. 'the pack'.
I've been very fortunate to have nearly 50 D'Pergos pass through my store & collection. I am not an 'expert'...only Mr D is....I am experienced...and I can help you gain perspective on making this type of investment for the Ultimate S style instrument (if you so determine this is THE one of the 3 major names best suited for you).
Now a moment of truth. D'Pergo Guitars have gotten much more expensive as his models have evolved, craftsmanship evolved & materials gotten better and better. An AVC (Aged Vintage Classic or Drop Top) is a FINE instrument but NOT generally in the same league as a Vintage Limited. I only mention this because there are so many models floating around that it is easy to think 'oh they are all the same' and over-pay for one and think the other is overpriced.
This instrument has a deep finish reminiscent of Shoreline Gold. It features a Recovered Alder Body & a Certified Primary Growth Recovered Quartersawn Maple Neck. The weight is a fabulous 7lb-5oz which is particularly good considering this guitar has a NICE FULL "Offset C Vintage" Neck profile .945".
Of course it is in near mint condition with it's original form fit case, spec sheet and cert. If you look in the PICTURES you can see MY version of a Spec Sheet that outlines Condition as well. Rest assured my sheet has all the salient points from the D'Pergo Sheet so you need not ask for pictures of that.
The electronics are another area where the newer D'Pergos excel. This guitar features the pricey 'Limited Handwound Alnico 3 Heavy Formuar" pickups. It has the Signature Limited Electronics package.
Another interesting point is that Mr D'Pergo also has done what I believe others should do....he harnessed vintage steel with which to mill the Trem Block. Now this might not seem like a huge deal but metal experts (yes I speak w them and geek out on this stuff) say it is impossible to get good steel anymore....they claim the new steel is inconsistent and sounds like crap (Their words). I always say "why not get a chunk of old steel and make parts" ....glad Mr D'Pergo has done this.
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