Awesome Site of the Week: Dillion USA
First off, it’s important to point out that we generally don’t highlight sites that are selling things here at First Arkansas News. It’s a good idea to mention that because our Awesome Site of the Week — Dillion U.S.A. — is dedicated to showing off a lot of guitars the company has for sale. We’ve not gotten a dime to talk about Dillion as First Arkansas News isn’t in the habit of trying to pass public relations off as useful content — it barely breaks even every year, but it’s a lot of fun to fool with and that’s good enough for us.
So, why have we chosen to talk about DillionGuitars.com? It’s a great site for fans of guitars as there are some unique ones over there. Sure, the site looks like it was originally designed in the mid-1990s, has more than a few broken links and typos are all over the place, but it’s well worth a visit simply because you’ll find some instruments over there that are just plain uncommon.
Dillion Guitars was started by one John Dillion, a fellow who — according to his biography — was once in a band called Illusion that recorded three albums and played with such legendary acts as Jimmy Hendrix, The Who and the Allman Brothers. Before retiring as a touring musician, Dillion was in a band called Network that toured with Hall and Oates. In the 1980s, Dillion went to work selling musical equipment and, in 1996, he opened Dillion Guitars.
Now, here’s the thing about Dillion Guitars that makes the site so awesome — the company is obsessed with designing guitars based on classic instruments. Sure, you’ll find plenty of guitars that are clearly based on vintage instruments from the likes of Fender and Gibson, but the truly great thing about the site is that it highlights those instruments that have become legendary because one artist or another used it.
For example, George Harrison played a rosewood Fender Telecaster on the Beatles’ Let it Be album. Good luck even finding one of those, much less have the cash on hand to afford it. Dillion has a reproduction of that particular guitar called The Rosie for about $750. More interested in the Rickenbacker 325 made famous by John Lennon in the Beatles’ “Beatlemania” phase? Have a look at the DRK-69. More interested in Brian May’s “Red Special” guitar that he built with his father and played throughout his tenure with Queen? Check out the DBM-12 T. If Punk’s more your speed, there’s the DMG-75 T — very similar to the Mosrite Ventures II guitar which Johnny Ramone barre-chorded to fame with the Ramones.
So, why name a site dedicated to selling guitars and basses as the Awesome Site of the Week? One can spend hours looking at the specs of the guitars over there and it’s worth pointing out that the instruments sold by Dillion have gotten a good number of positive reviews around the Internet. Besides, the GuitarMann himself has spoken highly of Dillion more than a few times, and he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to guitars. Yes, the Dillion models are made in Korea, but the instruments have been generally well received in reviews around the Internet.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.