Three Dots

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  1. cyclopsbookworm

    cyclopsbookworm Mutant Werewolf Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    San Diego, CA
    I was curious to know if anyone has any experience with Three Dots guitars? There is very little information on them online other than an interview with guitar guitar. I was just curious this morning to what happened to the guys from the Sadowsky Japan shop, specifically Yoshi Kikuchi, after the metro line moved to Germany. Apparently he started Three Dots guitars. I'd be interested in checking them out regardless, just curious if anyone has had any experience with them?
     
  2. cyclopsbookworm

    cyclopsbookworm Mutant Werewolf Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    San Diego, CA
    There's a few onreveb, and pricing seems pretty good for a new instrument from someone with his skill level. Of course, shipping and customs will eat into that.
     
  3. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Martin_Custom_DC_OM-18-1024_1781.jpg

    Side-Dots-1200_0104.jpg
     
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
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  5. cyclopsbookworm

    cyclopsbookworm Mutant Werewolf Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    San Diego, CA
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  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Ahh thanks. Nice looking bass. Though I have to say that headstock makes me a little :wacky:. I honestly like the Sire "topknot" better...
     
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  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    The Martin is quite real, made by Martin in 2009 as a custom order for someone. I bought it in 2012. The guitar has lots of very cool vintage appointments (such as the three fingerboard dots), plus that uber-cool Stauffer pyramid bridge.
    I took it to an Experience Martin show a few years ago; the Martin factory guys were drooling over it. :thumbsup:

    The other one is a detail of a March 1967 Rickenbacker 330 I used to own.
     
  8. cyclopsbookworm

    cyclopsbookworm Mutant Werewolf Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    San Diego, CA
    Yeah the headstock is a bit close to the valenti headstock. It’s different enough, but yeah. Both are Sadowsky protégés I believe.
     
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  9. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Ah ok, it was a joke, sorry I flipped out a bit. :) That is a really really nice Martin, BTW, love the double cutaway.
     
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  10. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Glad to see the skills handed down to the next generation...
     
  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    The double cutaway was a Dick Boak idea from years ago. He loved the guitar when I sent him photos of it. I rescued the Martin from the clutches of GC. :D
     
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  12. B-Mac

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  13. mikeoso

    mikeoso Acoustic Curmudgeon

    Feb 14, 2014
    eastern Iowa
    Ver interesting! Think I've seen one with the double cut somewhere before. Despite my acknowledged situation with Martins, that one is welcome to stay with @Jeff Scott. My addiction is limited to J or Grand J size models, which that could be, but since I cant make a barre chord I have no use for any frets above the 5th.
     
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  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That’s a lot for a J copy unless it’s really outstanding.

    You could get a USA J in any color and PLEK it for less.
     
  15. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    It's based on an OM-18. And yes, I do venture above the 5th fret on all my instruments, sometimes even capo'ing at the 10th fret for some of my original work.
     
  16. Winton

    Winton

    Nov 21, 2017
    Tokyo, Japan
    Yup, one of my favorite Japanese bassists, Teppei Kawasaki, plays through them here:


    I can play them here in Tokyo if you’d like to hear my review as well ;)
     
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  17. cyclopsbookworm

    cyclopsbookworm Mutant Werewolf Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    San Diego, CA
    That white precision is almost jazz like.
     
  18. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Three Dots is now on the radar. I don't know that I've ever seen a bass where a few photos makes me more confident of the instrument's quality.
     
  19. Winton

    Winton

    Nov 21, 2017
    Tokyo, Japan
    Yeah, I don't know if it's simply because of the neck but it had a really bright a jazz bass-like sound. Lot of rock bassists in Japan and I found that the jazz bass is more popular than the precision bass.

    I've seen a couple comments in Japanese complaining about the shape of the headstock, lol. I guess being extremely picky about looks is a universal thing :laugh:
     
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  20. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I don't like the headstock either. But that is a first rate bass, guaranteed.
     
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