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 #151416  by milobender
 Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:39 am
I thought I'd post this one as it's the first time I've tried this particular electronics approach, and combined it with a 24 fret Tiger type body build... I over wound the pups to Bridge 6.8k, Mid 6.35k, and Neck at 6.05k, aiming to get a beefier sound at lower volumes. The overall is aimed at Alligator, with a couple of twists. I placed a Blaster after the 250k volume control, with the OBEL at that point, so it would act as Alligator, Blaster to effects. I returned the signal to the guitar, not for any good reason except that Jeff, the new owner, uses the OBEL setup on his other Garcia models and I wanted this one to easily fit in to the equipment setup. The signal can the be kicked up with a Booster/Buffer if desired and out to the amp. So, it can be a regular passive Strat configuration, an Alligator/Blaster config, that with a kick in the end, or, which really adds some nice qualities, both preamps used in tandem. The bridge and mid pups are in the standard Strat positions, and because of the 24 frets, the neck pup is moved toward the bridge, making it more usable to my taste. If the desire is to just use it as Alligator, or typical player usage, just skip the OBEL cable, leave the switch off and go out the signal send jack, both preamps are available, either/or and both. I really like how it turned out... I'm going to have to make myself one with this electronic setup now "o) And the combination of the Walnut and Padauk really sounds particularly nice...
Last edited by milobender on Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:29 am, edited 1 time in total.
 #151420  by milobender
 Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:27 am
Thanks "o) Yes, a lovely piece of walnut... here's a pic of the side so you can see the layers. And I'm a total fan of the big volute now; it's comfortable, and the sustain, and tone, are exceptional.
 #151445  by milobender
 Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:35 am
I'll see if I can get around to it... In all honesty though, sound clips are more for entertainment than actually relaying what the guitar sounds like... there are just too many variables. It depends on the amp, the speakers, the amp settings, the pick, the strings, the room, the mic, mic placement, the recorder, all of the guitars settings including string and pickup height, and very importantly, the player.
 #151468  by milobender
 Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:24 am
Ok, pardon the early morning gaffs... It's recorded on a Zoom H4n in the room, about 10' from the speaker, Guitar - RT921 Real Tube Reverb - '72 Deluxe Reverb (no mid mod yet) T=9, B=0, V=4.5, speaker JBL D120... not a real Jerry setup, but I think you can get an idea. ... auk-032316
 #151481  by chinacatbundaberg
 Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:16 am
Ah, didn't mean to cause marital disharmony - as entertainment value goes the clip is right up there :):) - sounds amazing. Thanks for putting in the time to do this. The intro to Dark Star chimes like a dozen bells, really nice sustain - just beautiful. Jeff is going to have a lot of fun with this.