Mike - I really like your take on this. The Epi may be heavily modded but if it's "destroyed" it has to be said it's not been at the cost of losing any tone - that sounds more like it's been enhanced. As a keen fan of Mac-era Peter Green I find it difficult to imagine not loving the sounds you get and style you use! Add in your skill at note choice and phrasing .... music like this is a good start to the day.
Thanks VB, I have toyed with so many mod's lately. Started with a simple pickup change to Tonerider AC4's (That's Alnico 4) and they are FANTASTIC pickups and only £40 each, as good as Gibson '57 classics in my opinion. Then I added 2 switches to make them coil split for an unusual single coil sound. Then I added a phase reversal switch. Then I routed out a hole for a single coil in the middle position and a switch to operate it. Then I toyed with an acoustic pickup in there. Then I sanded down the neck to bare wood and the back of the body and added a contour, I also added a contour where the cut away is to improve access to the upper frets.
After that I was getting frustrated with the sound so I removed the coil split, the phase reversal, the single coil middle and the acoustic pickup so now I am back to basics.
The main things improving my sound are the Tonerider pickups, pots replaced with Alpha 500k and most importantly lately has been the addition of new capacitors, I now have 2 paper in oil .05 capacitors that I stole from a 1940's Tube radio and I don't care what anybody says about the capacitor myth's because they have instantly and drastically improved the sound. Paired with the fact I now use a real amp and not just software anymore.
Interesting comment about our respective PG type sounds Mike - maybe partly an age thing? I'm certainly nearer the age of PG in the Splinter Group times and you're much nearer the age of the young PG of the Mac times.
Yes your probably right, although I may already be older than PG was in The Mac, just hope I don't start hearing voices like he did! lol
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