The Daion Power Series Mark XX is a high quality, through-neck solid body electric guitar, made in Japan between 1978 and 1984.
This is Daion’s flagship model from a period when high end Japanese guitar manufacturers were trying to out-do each other. The components and craftsmanship cannot be faulted.
It features a 9 piece laminated through-body neck of alternating rosewood and maple. The body is select ash with rosewood lamination.
The fretboard is rare Madagascar ebony adorned with brass inlay dot position markers, brass nut and saddles. The board features some lovely ivory celluloid binding which is darkening nicely over time.
The original Daion pickups on this one have been replaced with a pair of high-end Seymour Duncan Slash Signature humbuckers, which sound huge.
The three way pickup selector switch offers neck pickup only, both or bridge only options. Both pickups have individual pickup coil tap switches, and the Les Paul style knobs control a pair of individual volume and tone controls for each pickup.
The bound headstock has a brass truss rod cover labelled “Power Mark XX”. There is a gold DAION logo on the front and a black Daion logo on the back. The serial number is printed in white on the reverse of the headstock. Tuners are three a side, heavy duty Rotomatic-type machine heads, gold coloured and marked with the Daion logo. It has a massive string through body fixed bridge with brass saddles.
This particular guitar is in excellent condition. The build quality is on par with, or better than the best of the bigger brands from the era, in a period when Japanese guitar manufacture was at its peak.
There are a few light marks here and there, but very hard to see. This one-owner guitar was played professionally in the 80s, and has been very well looked after. It has spent most of its past 30 years in its fitted case. Which is a shame because this is an excellent, pro level instrument.
It is a well designed, and nicely balanced solid guitar that at 8.6 lbs, does not weigh too much while delivering some searingly solid sounds. It plays well in all positions. The neck is straight and comfortable. Frets are fine with lots of life left.
The Duncan humbuckers are a really nice upgrade – big and ballsy if you want it, or offering lots of versatility in the sounds available via the coil spilts.
Comes in its original Daion hard shell case in good condition.