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d-fly : BD666 2H

★ Keeping quality of the sound and playability, we tried to reduce the price. And so you can easily take the model of d-fly. In this model, we adopt alder to the body, hard maple to the neck  and pau ferro to the finger plate. (Price: Open price / market assumed excluding tax price 258,000 yen)

BORDER CUSTOM 666 

★ specifications and prices refer to the auditioning report of the right page.

BORDER 7st 666 PREMIUM

★ To maintain the tension of the nut by making the head angle to 666mm scale of the neck, achieve a stable string vibration even at the time of down-tuning. Also by adopting the five-piece structure of hard maple and walnut, one notable point of it has acquired excellent strength. (Price: Open price / market assumed excluding tax price ¥ 490,000)

The main trial model : BORDER CUSTOM 666

Trial impression by Yuto (Earthists.)

I started using the guitar of dragonfly, when I saw  Mr. 衍龍 of RAZOR (appeared in P.183) posted a cool guitar on SNS and was introduced to me. At that time because the tuning of our band was getting lower, there is also a reason why the 666mm scale was perfect for that. I chose the "BORDER CUSTOM 666" from among the various models, because I was using a Telecaster. I think these are a little bit similar. The part where the elbow hits is scaped smoothly, so it feels good to hold it.

The model I tried this time is the same "BORDER CUSTOM 666" as I have, the material used should be different from the guitar I have, but the impression wouldn’t change at all. I feel the gain is a little high, but it is not out of the category of clear sound I like. And because the fret is a little thin, it is nice that the pitch is stable even with thick strings. It feels a little thick when I hold the neck, but it fits comfortably in my hand and is easy to play.

◀"BORDER CUSTOM 666", which Yuto has been using for about six months, is one of the best among the stock in the Dragonfly workshop at that time. The body is maple top and alder back.

▲ From the right side, high-pass / low-pass filter, (top) bridge and neck position and each  coil tap switch, (bottom) 3-way pickup selector, and volume.

[SPECIFICATIONS]

Body ●: Maple (top), mahogany (back)

Neck ●: Hard Maple

● fingerboard: Pau Ferro

● Joint: Bolt-on

● Number of frets: 24

● Scale: 666mm (26.2 inches)

● peg: Gotoh "SG381-07MGT"

● bridge and tailpiece:

     Gotoh "GE103B-T" & "GE101Z"

● pickup: DragonFly "dfh-5N" (neck),

                  "dfh-5B" (bridge)

● Control: Volume,

                  High-pass / low-pass filter,

                  3-way pickup selector,

                  Coil tap switch × 2 (neck / bridge)

● Price: Open price

 (market assumed excluding tax price ¥ 440,000)

▲ The part where the elbow hits is rounded with 20R to create a comfortable fit. It is one of the most catchy accents in terms of looks.

 "BORDER" is a model with a mysterious shape that has both splendor and ruggedness, with a smooth distorted TL asymmetric body. At first glance, it looks like a single-cutaway style, but in fact the 6th string side is a joint near the 18th fret, which is deeper than the general ST system, and the elbow part is smoothly rounded. You can see the many original specifications. In addition, since the dragonfly is a brand that actively makes custom ordered guitars, even with the same "BORDER", individuality of each one stands out (as well as in its other models). For example, if you compare the 6-string model, the 7-string model shown on the left page, and the 6-string model of the d-fly series which is a cost performance version, you can see that each has different charms. Here, as a representative of these, I mainly tried to play "BORDER CUSTOM 666".

Like the model name, this model uses a 666mm scale, which is 18mm longer than the regular 648mm long scale. However, there is no sense of discomfort when I hold it, and it may be said that even those who touch this neck for the first time will not notice it without prior knowledge. The shape itself has a roundness that is the opposite of the wide type, and it should probably fit anyone. Heel portion of the bolt-on joint is a form of angular comparatively, but, For example, when I move the thumb to the treble side, it will stop at the joint, so I can feel relieved. Also as mentioned above, the top and back of the part where the elbow hits are rounded and smoothly chamfered, and the comfort of the entire right arm including the armpit and the vicinity of the bag is perfect. I feel like it is part of my body.

 A light stroke reveals that the body's resonance is very rich, even when unplugged. One of the factors is the straightness of the string vibration, which makes it easy for the ears to grasp the pitch because there is very little turbulence or rampage. It's even easier to understand when you connect it to an amplifier, and each of the constituent notes when you play a chord resonates clearly, creating a harmony with less turbidity. There are plenty of overtones, but there is little fluctuation, the tone extends straight and the tone is stable. This would of course be a benefit of the increased string length on the 666mm scale, but before that it was felt that the overall precision of the guitar was the main reason. 

The tone balance is powerful but well-proportioned. The treble is a little dark. And the midrange is thick, and the bass to deep bass are well organized. So you must feel powerful because there is also efficient sound growth. If you lower the gain with the coil tap switch, the tone will be cleaner. Even if the amp is distorted to high gain, it has the flexibility to cover clean sound with volume operation. And noteworthy is the existence of a high-pass / low-pass filter. This is a specification that the knob stops lightly in the center, and by turning it left and right from there, the high range and low range are cut. For example, you will want to use it positively not only during recording but also during performances on the live stage, such as refreshing the bulge of the neck position sound that tends to be boomy, and dropping the edge of the bridge position sound that sticks in your ears. By the way, the torque of the knob is heavy, so you don't have to worry about the setting changing just by touching it lightly. You can also get a wah-like effect by turning it around.

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SOTTILE CUSTOM 666

★ The main feature of "SOTTILE" is a thin body of 35mm. This is a rare model that uses the standard ash as the backing material and combines the top with a cedar with a distinctive eyeball. Also, by adopting the reverse head, a slightly loose bass range and a tight and sharp treble range are obtained. (Price: Open price / Price excluding market tax ¥ 415,800)

HI STA (ORIGINAL STYLE)

★ See the trial report on the right page for specifications and prices.

SOTTILE CUSTOM 7st 666

★ The combination of a thin body and a 666mm scale 7-string neck is designed to create an exquisite balance without the neck dive. The daring heather of the burl maple on the body top and head creates an exotic charm. (Price: Open price / Price excluding market tax ¥ 428,000)

The main trial model : HI STA (OROGINAL STYLE)

Trial impression by Yoma (The Winking Owl)

The first time I used a dragonfly was when I borrowed 2 single coils and a humbucker model of "BORDER" from my local friend when recording a mini-album released during the indie era. The engineer highly evaluated the pitch as good. After that, when I made my own model, I asked him to install three soapbar type pickups. The Winking Owl has a relatively wide range of musicality, and basically I wanted to produce various sounds with just my hands without changing the amp settings, and I like to play loud songs with sounds that are not so-called humbuckers. The "HI STA (ORIGINAL STYLE)" I tried this time is also a 3-pickup model, and although it has a single coil sound, I think it has a feeling of tension peculiar to dragonflies. It's refreshing overall, probably because the pitch is stable. This isn't very addictive, so I think it's easy to use with any kind of music. If I use it in our band, I think it's suitable for playing loose leads in pop songs or using tension chords that play from 1st to 6th strings.

◀ "BORDER (right)" first ordered by Yoma is used especially when he wants a single coil sound. ”MAROOM”

(Left) was specially made using a large body for the 7th string.

▲ From the left side, a high-pass / low-pass filter, an SPB circuit that adjusts the mixing condition of the middle pickup, (top) volume, and (bottom) 5-way pickup selector.

[SPECIFICATIONS]

● Body: Light ash ● Neck: Hard maple

● Fingerboard: Hard maple

● Joint: Bolt on

● Number of frets: 22

● Scale: 648 mm (25.5 inches)

● Peg: Gotoh “SG381-07MGT”

● Bridge: Gotoh “510TS”

● Pickup: Dragonfly “dfs-1” (neck & bridge), “dfs1R” (middle)

● Control: Volume, SPB circuit,

High pass / low pass filter,

5-way pickup selector

● Price: Open price (price excluding market tax ¥ 270,000)

▲ A synchronized type tremolo made by Gotoh is equipped. The 2-point support type is characterized by smooth and stable movement compared to the vintage 6-point support type.

 What all the guitars on the left page have in common is that they use a compact or thin body that is easy to handle, while being based on the so-called ST type double cutaway shape. As I mentioned in the interview, "HI STA (ORIGINAL STYLE)" has existed for 20 years and is a model that can be called "origin". On the other hand, "SOTTILE" is a young model announced in 2016, and it may be interesting in the sense that it is a place where old and new brands are available.

 The trial mainly used the old "HISTA (ORIGINALSTYLE)". Based on the above interviews, they adopted a flat 400R fingerboard that makes it easy to lower the height of the strings, stainless steel frets that are difficult to wear out, and a 2-point support synchro type tremolo for flexible arming and eliminating the tension pin around the head. It features technically oriented and completely professional specifications. Then, the slender outer circumference, the flowing head curve, and the blonde finish with moderately transparent wood grain give a sense of elegance. How stylish that does not sacrifice the looks! By the way, althrough the body is small, I got the impression that it is not too light and has just the right weight balance.

 First of all, if you make a loud sound, you will surely be fascinated by the modern and dignified tone of the moment. The 2-point support tremolo unit not only pursues operability, but also realizes straight and pure string vibration with a stable fulcrum. This has achieved almost the same suppleness as a fixed bridge. For example, the vintage ST shape can be said to be unique, including moderate pitch fluctuations, but the appeal of this unit is the exact opposite. The attack rises super fast and smoothly, leading to long-lasting sustain. Similar to "BORDER" in the previous section, this is achieved by overall manufacturing accuracy.

 The pickups make a sound that holds down the center of the single coil, and the frequency range is super wide. The overtones are even and spread smoothly to the ultra-high range, while the low range also extends comfortably. In particular, the neck position is excellent, and it does not lose its refreshingness even though it has a low to the limit of becoming boomy. The response to picking is delicate in all positions, and it perfectly expresses the subtle nuances of the moment the pick touches the strings and dynamically reflects changes in strength to the tone. The resolution is extremely high, so even at a low volume, it has a penetrating power that can be taken a few steps forward.

 In addition to the volume and high-pass / low-pass filter, the control section is equipped with a special knob called SPB. This is activated when the 5-way pickup selector is in the mix position, allowing you to adjust how much the middle pickup sound mixes with the bridge / neck pickup. Since the middle single coil is a reverse winding & reverse magnetic pole type, you can make it a pseudo humbucker by mixing, that is, you can get changes such as thickening the sound, reducing noise, increasing gain. It can be said that the so-called HSH layout sound and SSS layout sound can be morphed smoothly and steplessly, and the range of settings is theoretically infinite. This should be extremely powerful, especially in recording sites where severe sound creation is required.

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