Crazy 9.5 Fingers wrote: As far as matching the outputs when I tap the buckers, it is tricky. Is that why jerry had unity gain built into his customs.
naturally there will be a drop of around half when a humbucker is coil tapped. the buffer will not increase the gain of the pickup. it will bring to unity gain the signal it is fed. so if you are putting out a single coil output it will bring that to unity gain and change the impedaence for long cable runs. same with a humbucker. no DB gain just a cleaner signal.
jerry's onboard buffer was designed to run as an effects loop. sending the strongest unity gained signal to the effects, thru the effects,back to the guitar and finally out thru the master volume out to the preamp.
with a standard guitar setup the Unbuffered signal comes from the master volume to the effects then to the guitar. this is flawed, for one short cables are a must because unbuffered the cable capacitance will degrade the signal on long cable runs. secondly effects like the mutron and octave divider's love hot signal's, so john cutler and jerry figured why not run the buffer and effects thru a loop before the tones and master volume so that ALL effects get FULL pickup signal and are then controlled by the guitar's master volume and tone controls.
ultimately this allowed jerry to dial in (even out) each effects volume compared to the clean signal and not have to worry about volume drops when effects were engaged.
this is the reason why so many have trouble dialing in jerry's mutron tone with a mutron. with weak pickups and a master volume at 8 or 9 and a 20 foot cable the mutron is not getting all the signal it want's/need's.
if signal degradation was not a factor, one could simply remove the master volume of the guitar and run the effects before a volume pedal then to the amp/preamp essentially using the volume pedal as the guitar's master volume.
crazy 9.5 fingers, i sure would like to see some pics of your axe. sound's like a nice instrument. i have a wgd warmoth body i put a carvin neck on and am in the "finishing" phase of the build.
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