I was only curious because the output is a big component of that “Only In Dreams” sound. It makes sense that it’d be according to the diagram. I’m assuming that’d be the top coil, which I think is the higher output one.Yeah, definitely. You can hear a bit of the RATM influence in The Answer Man for example.
You’re right. I just measured an original 90s model and one coil (not sure which) is slightly higher DC resistance.
Which would suggest the other coil is around 3.22k. Dimarzio’s spec lists 5.82k wired for full output.
Having said all of that, I have a guitar with some of the 80s Super 2s (the ones encased in plastic) and they sound quite different from the new ones. Not sure if it’s age, but the DC resistance is around the same.
The red one has definitely been more of a challenge to figure out. I think the main mystery with the blue one is the wiring - it sounds like it might have had a different wiring setup initially, but was simplified for the dual volumes not long after. If that’s the case, the question is whether it’s a master volume and neck volume, or if they’re independent. And thanks for that.
That’s possible. I recall there was also a newer black LP Standard of some kind, but I’ve never seen it mentioned anywhere. Based on what Chris Shaw said, there was definitely more equipment used than what they brought in from their live setup.
Also, I discovered the original Wilkinson nut is 42mm, while the currently available LSR is 43mm. If the original guitar had the Wilkinson, it’s possible that the nut width was 41mm, given that the nut still appeared to be too wide.
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I'll be using the LSR as I spec'd the neck out for 43mm. I prefer the design though, since the Wilkinson has to be glued on, while the LSR uses screws.
Magnets do degauss over time, but I think ceramic magnets last a long time. It could have been changes in parts in the pickups.
I think the wiring probably isn’t a huge deal, although it would be cool to see under the pickguard to get it exact. If it did have a Black Ice or some other exotic tone control, it wouldn’t be hard to replicate with your amp or a Super Distortion. If it’s some kind of unique volume layout, ones mileage would definitely vary there.
I heard there was a Les Paul Jr. that probably wasn’t used, the Les Paul Special, the Jaguar, another Telecaster (or Rivers used Jason’s before he was fired), and Chris Shaw’s 1981 Strat. I’m sure there were other guitars too but haven’t heard anything definitive. There was the Mesa and the SL-X, and a possible other Marshall, and a blackface Twin for cleans. There was an Ampeg VT-22 set up in the studio, but I don’t know if it ever got used. Jason had a “black and gold” Marshall Silver Jubilee.
Interesting. I wouldn’t think that the nut width was that narrow. Maybe going for a Gibson feel? I wonder if that’s the same for the rest of his Strats. It’s a shame that the Wilkinson won’t fit but at least you’ll have the string guide.
Oddly enough, I just recently got followed on Instagram by a French guitar strap company called Tom’s Vintage Straps that makes an (almost) replica of the Ace strap. I can DM you a link if you want to check it out. It’s like €40, so I don’t know if it’s a deal exactly with shipping included, but it is a lot more well constructed than an original.
EDIT: I found an American company called Souldier that also makes a strap with the same pattern. The pattern is called Monterey.