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  1. Thanks! I put strap locks on, rs super pots, and pio caps. Don't think I'll do much else as Lucky sounds good the way she is. Sounds and nearly looks like a pearly gates.
  2. PIO caps arriving Tuesday, and will be promptly installed! Had a chance to play the guitar in a club setting this weekend and was very pleased with the tone and playability. Got many compliments on the look, even more on the tone. Of course, I was using the classic combination of Marshall and Les Paul - how can you go wrong with that? Next time out I'll try the TopHat.
  3. After much consideration, I traded for a used '11 R9 VOS in washed cherry. This one is lucky #7 (9 1007) and comes in at 8 lbs. 2 oz. It's not as red IRL as in the pix, but it's a good representation. Came with black custom case, all the candy, COA, etc. I had the opportunity to play several used R9's, from '06 to '11, as well as some NOS '11 R9's. A new gloss R9 in Iced Tea was visually stunning, but too fat sounding - if such a thing is possible. This R9 was probably the lightest of the bunch, but also had a clearer, more articulate, and snappy tone than the others. Touch sensitive and responsive, wonderful when clean and appropriately aggressive when distorted. I'm happy to have taken the plunge! Since it's still the honeymoon phase, I haven't had the urge to mod yet - though RS Superpots and PIO caps may be installed in the near future, as well as Faber locking studs.
  4. This hybrid, which has a set of Fender Wide Range Humbuckers from a '72 Tele Deluxe RI, covers a lot of ground. The short Tele bridge with compensated brass saddles allow for correct intonation and still delivers the clarity you'd expect, but the humbuckers add a respectable girth without quite crossing over to Gibson territory. Very simple electronics with a 500k pot, orange drop .022uf, a 430k resistor in place of the tone knob, and a 3 way switch. It's modeled after the Les Paul DC wiring. The middle position is very 3D with lots of chime, tho fuller than a Strat or Tele yet not as fat as my '06 SG HC Standard. I would use this guitar if I needed to do a night with a wide diversity of tonal requirements. It's a fun guitar to play, tho I do prefer my SG and R7! The strings go through the body into Tele style ferrules, so it's a resonant guitar. Great for blues, rock, and undoubtedly other styles of music. That being said, Gibson guitars are my favorite.
  5. There's one on ebay right now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2002-GIBSON-SG-TONY-IOMMI-SIGNATURE-/271051509451?pt=Guitar&hash=item3f1bedcecb But the asking price seems a bit steep...
  6. Chuck, I rewired my recently acquired '06 HC SG Standard to 50's style wiring when I replaced the 490R/498T pickups with the 57/57+ Classic combo (pics to follow in another post). It works exactly as you described: when one volume control is less than 10, the lowest volume control dictates the overall volume. The pickup with the highest volume will dominate the tone, though it will be slightly darker unless you have treble bleed circuit installed.
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