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A versatile pickup configuration and rock-solid tuning stability.
The Floyd Rose Discovery Series DST-3 Electric Guitar features the one-two punch of the innovative Floyd Rose SpeedLoader Tremolo System and a fast, comfortable maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. You'll love how it responds to every nuance of your playing, and the SpeedLoader System lets you execute the wildest trem dive bombs without losing tune! Thanks to the special strings, string changing will go from a 15 minute process to less than 4! Just drop the new specially-designed strings into the special nut and bridge receptacles and play on. Your guitar will be perfectly intonated, in tune, and ready to rock.
With a carefully crafted neck designed to be the most comfortable piece of maple and rosewood you've ever wrapped your hands around, the DST-3 will quickly exceed your expectations.
All Floyd Rose pickups are made from materials selected for their high performance and superior tonal characteristics. The 2 single-coils and single humbucker loaded in the DST-3 give you tons of versatility while delivering tasty sounds craved by players everywhere.
The SpeedLoader Tremolo offers all the versatility of the original Floyd Rose Tremolo with the ease and performance of the SpeedLoader System. You can still execute the most subtle tremolo or wildest dive-bombing effects and return to perfect tuning every time. It also features the TremStopper, which enables the player to block the tremolo system with a simple turn of a screw, converting the tremolo instantly to a hardtail bridge setup.
The SpeedLoader System eliminates the need for the use of Allen wrenches and wire cutters to change strings. The specially designed, dual bullet-end strings only take seconds to slip into the bridge and nut receptacles, and since they are pre-stretched, you don't have to worry about going out of tune.
(See recommended accessories on this page for additional sets of Dean Markley Floyd Rose SpeedLoader Strings you will need to take advantage of the SpeedLoader System.)
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I actually own a Floyd Rose Redmond Series guitar (yes, these are the models that cost a couple of grand), but I can definitely give a good review of this Discovery Series...Read complete review
I actually own a Floyd Rose Redmond Series guitar (yes, these are the models that cost a couple of grand), but I can definitely give a good review of this Discovery Series models. Like the DST-3, my Floyd Rose Redmond has the "2 single-coils and single humbucker loaded" pickups that are so "hot", my cats AND dog run for cover when I plug in the Floyd Rose! I bought this guitar because it is so light and literally "hugs" your body when you have it strapped on. Plus, just look at it; not only is it an amazing guitar, but it is also a work of art! The action is huber fast and the setup comes low to the neck and tight, so you can rip up and down that "puppy" with your eyes shut tight and your "Rockstar" hair "bopping"! In fact, my guitar instructor takes every chance to run around the place showing my Floyd Rose off to the other instructors and I can play this guitar for hours on end. You will likely start seeing the Floyd Rose guitars showing up in the hands of Rock musicians because it has a very "80's Rock" kind of sound to it. It is convenient that there is no Tone knob because I don't know anyone who uses it anyway. To recap, when you get a Floyd Rose guitar, you will want to quit your job and sit for hours playing this instrument, the neck is tight, the action is fast, the pickups are hot, and you'll sound like a Rockstar! Buy one, I did!
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Very dissapointed with this instrument
The one I recieved came with a defective saddle, so I could not tune my A string. It was working on and off for a little while, but soon completely broke. The single...Read complete review
The one I recieved came with a defective saddle, so I could not tune my A string. It was working on and off for a little while, but soon completely broke. The single coils have poor tone, though the humbucker is acceptable. Also, the tremolo stop takes about 5 minutes to set up. Overall, a very frustrating experience.
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Features: Okay, this guitar has some great features, but some of them could have been left on the Floyd Rose Discovery V series. I have owned this guitar for a little over one year and I have to say that it plays just as good, if not better, than some of my more expensive guitars. Mind you, the Speedloader system is a dream to work with, and you may never need it. I bend strings sometimes a full 2 notes, and I have yet to break one of these strings. The one quirk I have with the original pickups is that the humbucker installed was way too bright with not enough punch. It also would go "microphonic" long before any of my other pickups, even the EMG 81 installed in my Les Paul. (A quick pickup swap fixed that)Quality: Overall good quality; The screws that hold the trem cover in place stripped out quite easily. Also, the faux pearl overlay on the pickguard peeled away, leaving a satin white 3 layer pickguard behind. I also found the nut seat at the top of the neck needed to be filed down to get the strings closer to the first fret.Value: For the money, unbeatable... From gritty to clean to thick with a flip of a switch and a tweak of the volume knob.Overall: If this one was stolen, I'd definitely want to replace it. It is not my main guitar, but serves a wide scope of the music that I play.
You can't beat this guitar for the price. When I recieved it I set up the Trem. as per the instructions on the Floyd Rose web site and the thing now plays like a dream. No complaints here at all. Stays in tune and sounds great no matter how hard I beat on the whammy bar. Again you can't beat this guitar for the price.
1) At the price, you will NOT beat this guitar from any brand, anywhere.2) You HAVE TO set it up in accordance with the instructions on the Floyd Rose site. Once that's done, the tremolo is flawless.3) The strings are a little tough to find, so you will probably end up ordering them online.4) The switchgear is functional and quiet, but isn't the best out there. Replace it if you're a maniac like me. Cheap to do if you can solder.5) The pickups are good but not great. Look up some tasty Seymour Duncans or whatever you prefer. With the steps above done, it's a world-class instrument.
I own an '84 Kramer Voyager with an original Floyd Rose and I love it but I don't have a case for it and hate having to carry it around because I'm very attatched to it so when I saw this guitar and it's price I grabbed it. When I got it, it was a bit tricky at first to understand it but I got it figured out. This guitar handles exactly like my Voyager and sounds pretty good. I like the trem-block feature of the speedloader because it takes the trem spring counter balancing process out of switching string guages with it. For the cash this is a very wieldable guitar!!
This is a very playable guitar. The action is not low, but somehow it is very easy to play. The speedloader system is awesome. I think it also adds to the playability. Pick ups are good but not great. Strat like sound. Made in China, but still a great guitar.
I bought one of these for my son's birthday. I set it up and adjusted the string length, adjusted intonation, then I played it for a couple of days before giving it to him, now I have to have one! Trem is the best ever, plays like a dream with jumbo polished frets, dressed nicely with smooth edges, great feeling neck, screams through my 50 watt Marshall. Leaves your fingertips black for some reason, seems to be the fingerboard rather than the strings, hopefully this will go away. Single coil Strat and out of phase sounds are cool. Overall, an easy 10, especially for the price!
I was a bit hesitant and had to chew it over for a couple days before I ordered this, cuz as you know, you get what you pay for when it comes to gear. I am impressed with this lil' baby for the money. The only issue that I have with it is that if you play your floyd bar a bit loose to where that you have some play in it before it actuates, then it interferes with the input jack. It just hangs there and can be difficult to grab for. I am thinking that a 90 adapter might fix it but then that's one more connection. I was very impressed with the single coils on this guitar. The neck position is very bluezzzzy and the 2nd position is awesome when running on the clean side of the amp. The notes just pop off the fretboard and really stand out in a mix. The bridge pickup leaves a little bit to be desired, although it is ok and will work as it is, there are some better pickups out there that will make this guitar scream. The neck is comfortable and overall this guitar has bang for the buck. Great for new guitar heroes up and coming as well as the everyday player. Its something different if you aren't afraid!!
This is the best guitar for the money! Great neck and it stays in tune all the time. The Pickups are very neutral sounding so You might want to throw your favorites in the Pickguard, but if not you can color the sound to your liking with the tone controls on your amp, for now I am having fun with the stock set up!
I have always known the floyd rose whammy bars to be the best. Without them the 80s metal scene probably wouldn't have happened. Which is why I didn't hesitate to snap up two of these guitars; the DST 1 and the DST 3. They are both well built and fully adjustable. I had no trouble setting them up to my exact specifications. However, there is one major flaw here. There were no instructions included at all. While I drew on my 20 years of experience with Floyd Roses to figure out the new speedloader system, a novice would have been completely lost, and would likely have had to pay a professional to set it up.
What a BARGAIN! This guitar is so much fun to play! No argument about the quality of the single coils but the humbucker sure puts out. I played around with the single coils, adjusted them up & then played it through a Blues Jr. getting some great, weird tones. Set up on arrival may be a bit confusing (no instructions included but you get plenty of allen wrenches). You need to remove the back cover (like a Strat) to adjust the tremelo for the first tuning (not much tuning after that). This guitar will play comfortably with it's very well intonated neck & bridge until your fingers get tired! I bought a bunch of extra strings but have yet to break any of the originals. Mine came in blue, ugly blue, so ugly it will definitly become a collectable. This is a great guitar for oldies, surf tunes and blues. It's a Floyd Rose! It's a must have.