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Joseph Haydn


Dion Guitars

Oct 20 2017  Wild Side



Soundboard European Spruce Picea abies

  Back, Sides, Bindings Wenge Millettia laurentii

Neck Honduran Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla

Bridge, Fretboard Ebony Diospyros

BODY LENGTH 19 1/2′”
LOWER BOUT 14 3/8″
WAIST 9 1/2″
PRICE reg: $6800  now $5000


1.Chordal Response:  a fast energetic, lively, response, dark- heavy chordal weight with crisp developed spectrum, warm productive bass  4.95
𝑑1 = 4.95   ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:  12- 14 secs  superb sustain with upper/ lower partials, harmonic silhouettes    4.95
𝑑2 = 4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
3. Basic volume and presence: a loud productive, dynamic, crisp dark voice, rewarding and balanced spectrum of “open” pleasing tone     4.95
𝑑3 =4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus, present -rich spectrum, airy and decadent bass wet and dry notes, possible, excellent balance and articulation     4.9
𝑑4 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9)

5.Systematic sustain: warm full sustain, wet and dry response possible, versatile sustain from flat picking to finger-style, crisp malleable sustain, capable of building a lot of amplitude  4.95
𝑑5 =4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95)
6. Response compliance: energetic, lively response with balanced lush-full finish, very active and balanced spectrum     4.9
𝑑6 = 4.9 ( 4.85 -n) +1 =1.9 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: very well balanced with a crisp fundamental drenched in classical nuances and concert visions, an enthusiastic fun voice, inviting vibrant, nervous-reactive harmonics, effortless playability,             4.9
𝑑7 = 4.9 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.9 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are very well balanced, refined sound with expert articulation,  4.9
𝑑8 = 4.9 ( 4.75-n) +1 =1.9 )
9. Tone projection: forward intimate. concert, focused tone production, radiated sound full box breaths, crisp-sharp-radiant-highs,      4.95
𝑑9 =4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95)
10. A large dynamic range: a superb array of diverse dynamics, soft, open, sweet, honey dipped classical spectrum of tone wrapped in a powerful responsive steel string box, a finger-style Samurai guitarists secret weapon   4.9
𝑑10 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 = 1.9 )

11. Tonal bloom: full bloom cycles, almost unnoticeable due to electrifying brine of trebles over a warm courageous bass.    4.9
𝑑11 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )


Quality Of Tone

A courageous response loaded with dynamic musical artillery available with the slightest of touch. This instrument combines a superb spectrum of malleable nuances from the classical and finger style concert stage making it an incredibly invigorating tool to orchestrate music with.r. Large heaps of cathedral-like sound perfectly balanced overt rich moisturizing trebles. A full bodied timbre with impressive headroom as well as dynamic range to explore. Truly an extraordinary instrument with tremendous musical potential.



∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)= 21.00
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = 21.00 / T
𝐏= 21.00/ 22 ≅ 9.5/10 ≅ 95%

The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem


This is an original body and headstock design, rosette, bracing pattern and voice crafted by Dion James. It was finished in 2017  in his shop in Edmonton, AB.

Notion of Design

This is a small bodied guitar, with a shape designed to maximize the sound producing area. I accomplished this by moving the sound hole up towards the neck joint and bringing the narrowest point of the waist out and up. It ends up looking vaguely dreadnaught like and has the effect of loosening the waist, allowing an area that is often tight to be a more active contributor to the amount of air moved and thus sound produced. This coupled with the 13th fret body joint, which puts the bridge in the centre of sound producing area of the top creates a warm, even sounding guitar with great volume.
This guitar boasts a number of uncommon design elements standard on all Dion Guitars:
The neck is a fully bolted straight mortis and tenon including a bolt on fingerboard extension. Contrary to popular belief a glued neck joint isn’t actually a tighter neck joint. When glueing a wood joint one needs to leave room for the wood to swell once the glue is applied . With a bolted neck joint, a perfect wood to wood joint can be made, with the added benefit of easy neck resets down the road. This neck also has a shop-made carbon fibre u-rod running the length of the neck and into the headstock, stiffening and stabilizing the neck and a beautiful, stainless steel, double action truss rod made by luthier Mark Blanchard.
The Back is made from four layers of wood in alternating grain orientation with a core of nomex, this design allows me to create a vary evenly stiff, very active back contributing greatly to the tone and projection of this guitar
The Sides: Constructed from three layers of wood, the centre being kerfed to lighten and make bendable. These sides create a very stiff, very stable rim, taking some of the load off of the top allowing me to lighten the soundboard, creating more potential for sound production.
These structural elements make the guitar about 10% heavier than conventionally made guitars, but create a stable instrument that is very responsive and built light in all the appropriate places.


This is an instrument that will surprises you time and time again with it’s spirit and enthusiasm. It’s refined box delivers an unparalleled spectrum of tone loaded in rich-plump amplitude -depth paired with an energetic fiery response. Dion James has crafted a one of a kind guitar with extraordinary musical potential.




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Oct 20 2017  Wild Side