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The Daions

Post by Racing on Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:30 am

Over the last yrs i´ve as i touched on previously been introduced to a rather obscure brand by the name of Daion.

Good friend Torbjorn told me to look out for them,so i did.

These were the Westones of Yamaki Gakki,and what has struck me is their design as well as build quality.
On the US scene what it seems more people than me has come in the loop though bringing that on US soil they´re rather expensive being jap invasion guitars.
Worth it?
IMO yes.

I got me another one just the other day and thought i´d share the collection of Daions of mine.



First up is the 555 Headhunter semi.
In this case an 82 vintage.
Sorry to say it needs some TLC to become what it once was,and so far i´ve attended the practical pts.
Pots,pups asf.
Gonna get a coloursand down the line to get rid of the haze in the topcoat,but let me assure you...
Up close there is some SERIOUS bookmatching and graining going on both back n forth.



Next up isn´t mine.It belong to one of the members of the Daion group,but i post the pic as an example of the very obscure ideas Daion thought up.
Obscure and beutiful at the same time i´d say.



Then for my old -81 vintage Daion Power MkX.
A guitar very similar to a SG from many respects,but with quite a different tone.
Neckthrough of course.

...and finaly...for something completely different...





My old trusted warhorse,an -82 vintage Daion Power MkXX.
The MkXX being a guitar so ahead of its time it´s just amazing.
These guitars were made by hand,and as such to for instance carry a compound cut fretboard IMO is kind of a feat.
There´s more tho..
Like the recessed outputjack and what have you not.
A MkXX is kind of like a mercedes.Built the same way,and the attention to detail and feel of quality is from the absolute top shelf.
These guitars were however not exactly cheap even when new with a tag just shy of 1000 bux back in -83.
It shows however...everywhere...
Being as sculpted as they are they are rather light at 3.5 kg,but resonant you wouldn´t believe none the less.
Materials within are quite obviously select to say the least.

Speaking of -83.....


I picked this up the other day,and apart from the build there´s another tidbit that makes this one THE Daion to me.
See...it is absolutely MINT.
To the letter.
The guitar is NEW.
Select woods?
Yeah...you could say that.
That grained part is ash... What a Face


To state that Paul Reed Smith got influenced by the Daion MkXXs would be a grave understatement.
Just...TBH...seing that these were made around the break of the 80s,Daion was only in business between -79 and -84,it just brings that the Daions are....more.
From every aspect there is IMO.
The one above makes a highend PRS look like a butcher job by an apprentice TBH.
It is THAT well built and put together with according attention to detail.

As i know you guys are in the loop when it comes to jap guitars,my advice is that if you ever run across one of the higher end Daions...for the love of GAWD pick it up.
What´s more,don´t be afraid to fork a dollar or two over.Most likely they will never become cheaper,and they´re worth every penny.

Yes...yes...of COURSE the fretboard is ebenholtz.
Of COURSE the inlays are brass,but that aside...
They are absolutely fantastic performers.
Sleek and built like tanks at the same time-albeit a contradiction in words.

Only factory drawback i´ve noticed with the Yamaki built guitars FWIW is that their topcoat indeed can get hazed over time.
This CAN be polished and sanded out,and for the record...that topcoat is hard as glass...so sand away...
What´s underneath is worth it with a Daion.
Every time.

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Re: The Daions

Post by Westbone on Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:47 pm

Those are excellent guitars, no dout. I'd like one or two. Very rare in the UK.
The hardware though is Washbun influenced(in fact the same) Same factory.
Very, very nice timbers though. Excellent craftmanship.
Out of interest for the brand, what pickups do they use, MMK's?? 'cause they look pretty similar.

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Re: The Daions

Post by Racing on Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:47 pm

Hardware IS basicaly the same as for a Wing series Washy since the highend Wings were made by Yamaki.
No argument there.
Only real difference for the bridge is the imprinted "Daion" in relief.

The pups are claimed to be early Goto´s,and i see no reason to doubt that either.

Yes.
They are rare.No matter whereabouts in the world,but IMO worth the effort to seek out no matter.
As a jap axe,very much like Eagles,from the absolute top shelf-with a twist though.
From a player design POW the Daion will beat an eagle 7 days a week as the eagle feels like a brick in comparsion.
In contrast to an Eagle a MkXX feels more "finished" as a result for lack of better words.

The choice of materials and how they´re brought together in turn is enough to bring a grown man to tears.
Craftsmanship and attention to detail is nothing short of stunning.

Neck profile is somewhat slimmer than an Eagle.Or a lot actualy.Like stated,approx Gibby ´59.
As a whole a MkXX simply feels completely done and very nimble.
Ergonomics like very few other guitars.

First time you get a MkXX in your lap...it won´t pass un noticed,i can tell you that much,and when you stop to think that this was done y craftsmen 30 yrs ago...then it all starts to get impressive.
For real.

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Re: The Daions

Post by Barry on Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:57 pm

Jesper, you're killing me here!
I was weak in the knees when you posted the full suite of pix of the latest one over in the Mats forum:
LINK
But now I'm a basket case all over again.

I'm convinced that you have signed a pact with the devil!

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Re: The Daions

Post by Racing on Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:28 pm

Barry....if you only knew... What a Face

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Re: The Daions

Post by Westbone on Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:52 pm

Made a lot like a 350/390 maple. :?: 30 years ago we had craftsmen, we still do.
While you were checking out the Daions, Didn't you check out the pups markings.
They are a piece of work alright.

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Re: The Daions

Post by Racing on Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:52 am

That´s just the thing.
The pups of neither the Eagle/Falcon or the Daions carry any markings.
Hence why it has been debated by the wise men of acron at one point who made them.
..and it was agreed on that they are Goto´s.

Telltales of them are brass chassis and the three point suspension.
Some with capacity to split and some not-dependant on what guitar.
To my knowledge all highend Daions carry split as do the highend Wings.
Later incarnation Washys and some of the Savages do not as far as i know.

As with many of the era jap pups performance can in contrast to the builds differ quite a bit.
My black MkXX,that also sports the OEM pups,is very much more biased as a happy mustache than my latest tan one.
The black one being more "heavy metal" to the sound as i chose to call it.
The tan one in turn will work splendid for bluesrock or up to heavy rock.
Pups in the headhunter in turn is kind of a in between.

In short,pup performance differ in these guitars.
Quite a lot IMO.

Pup DC resistance though isn´t all that.
It dials in at the other end of 8k Ohms and that´s it.
IOW,not exactly highgain.

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