Excerpt from The Australian 2018 –
“After making his first guitar in 1972 by following instructions from a book, Jim Dyson realised he enjoyed the process so much that he decided to continue making them for nearly four decades. He preferred to work with eucalyptus, Victorian ash and jarrah. Up until he retired in 2011, he had made and sold about 200 instruments — mostly electric guitars and lap steels, but a few acoustics, too.
Each of the electric guitars took about a month to make — including the pick-ups, which were hand-wound — with about half of the hours on each instrument invested into the painstaking paint job.
From 1984, Dyson’s main work was in repairs: on his business cards, he was “Dr Guitar”, pictured as a mad scientist in a white coat, noodling away at six strings.
Soon, his handiwork would see Dyson Guitars stowed on aeroplanes, plugged into amplifiers and played to audiences all over the world.
As a child, Mia Dyson was unmoved by the constant stream of musical instruments that emerged from her father’s garage workshop in the coastal Victorian town of Torquay.
The sight of his elegant, handmade guitars became so commonplace that she barely paid attention to his specialised craft until her early teens.”
But things changed, and Mia Dyson now has six albums to her name. She has built a solid career as an independent Australian artist, all the while using only instruments hand crafted by her father.
Included in that arsenal is a Jim Dyson lap steel just like the one listed here. It may seem like a simple piece of work, but it is a tone beast and a lovely thing to play.
Crafted from a single piece of what appears to be ash, it supports a fine sounding P90 style pickup that has a rich harmonic output combined with enough punch to cut through when you need it.
Other features include some quality Gotoh style tuners, smooth volume & tone controls, a stylish plexiglass neck covering, some non-slip velcro strips on the back, and a solid stainless steel bridge.
But the payoff is the sound – subtle textures & colours are on tap as required, or dial in some crunch and get that David Lindley tone to die for.
Comes as is – without a case.