Paul and a 305 or dc3?
I was without binoc's at the experience, so can someone please tell me what was paul playing for the intro to "machine gun", a dc3 or a 305? also, besides a diff scale length, what are the main differance's, in sound and feel between the two?
I'm pretty sure it was a DC3. I haven't played either so I can't help with the differences.
I wouldn't imagine a massive difference in sound, they're the same body/neck wood, same neck carve, same steel block trem, same pickups etc. The main differences (apart from scale length - 1/4" longer on 305) are set neck vs bolt on, carved vs flat and the bridge PU is angled on the 305.
Having a DC3 does allow for easier pickup changes tho...
I've played them both, based on advice from Paul (this was before the Brent Mason model came out). To my ear, the DC3 is a little more Tele-like in the bridge position, and the bridge pickup on the 305 is a little more Strat-like, but they're pretty close to each other, especially on the neck and middle pickups. I preferred the DC3, but I'd have been happy with a 305 too--they're both really nice guitars. So which one did I wind up with? I had to wait a few months to get my finances together, and I got a Brent Mason--but if you don't need the humbucker sounds, either a DC3 or a 305 will do you just fine. Actually, if I had an extra $2K laying around (I don't!), I'd replace my 20-year-old Custom Shop Strat with a 305.
I've played both, and loved both. But there was a lot of time in-between, so it would be hard to pick out those nuances that really make each one unique. They are VERY close in tone though. I would say go with what "feels" right to you. Do you want something that looks and feels like a PRS, or if you're a longtime Fender player, something that looks and feels like a Strat? Where do you feel more at home?
With that being said, I'm *this close* to pulling the trigger on a 305.