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We’ve criticised the Dominion’s £1169 price tag before and it seems someone was listening. The D2 claws back cash with more modest timbers and pickups, no coil taps, a bolted neck and a non-chambered, non-maple-topped body.
Whoa, fellas! We didn’t ask you to cut off all the sexy stuff! OK, so the spec has taken a battering, but the D2 was our favourite from the moment we struck our first riff.
While perhaps a little boring on the shelf, the body is brilliantly functional and not so overtly ‘metal’ that it will polarise the audience, and the chunky, expressive neck is testament to Morton’s penchant for bluesy riffs and rhythm work alongside the shred.
Tone-wise, the sonic weight of those Duncan humbuckers is the trump card; their punch and presence is simply unparalleled in this test and they justify the outlay of every extra penny.
It is the most expensive, and looks a little minimalist next to its older brother, but we feel the D2 is a worthy winner. From the thrilling physical feel to the powerful raw tone, this just feels like a more heavyweight instrument than its rivals. Its sense of class suggests you won’t be rushing to trade it in, and its universal appeal means anyone could take it off the shelf and fall in love.
Pros: Classy tone and versatile feel.
Cons: Not up to Dominion’s spec.