Sounds really good.I would like to hear that guitar with some cleans and non metal tones.
Whatever, I found this interesting, thanks for sharing Fyn
I think the most predominant outcome is the fact that the harness from a 59 Les Paul isn't magic. It's not like the company said, in 1959, lets make a special harness and deploy it ONLY to Les Pauls. All the other components that make up the harness for other guitars will be just so-so.
I'm fairly certain, all measures being equal, the same outcome would be achieved with a harness from 1958, 1968, 1978... 2008, etc.
I have a CRL harness from a Gibson, all pots date the 7th week of 1959. Sounds just like a decent quality 500K harness with .022µF PIOs should.
Fun video though!
Sounds like any heavily overdriven P90. I would have saved my money for something worth doing, frankly. Sorry, not impressed.
Custom shop builders like you have to say that right? That I can make your guitar sound like a 59?
How are you going to do that exactly? Do you have a time machine to "break" caps over time? Do you squeeze the charge out of old magnets? Alchemy wires into older more thicker/pure military grade copper rich freq retaining wires?
I've heard every pickup winder and guitar builder claim they have cracked it. Then The Doug and Pat show sends every single pickup maker/custom guitar maker to the fail bin as his classic PAF/Bumblebee loaded 59 LP's electronics DESTROY the opposition...every time.
Joe Bonomassa said the pots/harness are key. He referred to the conductivity of the metal and the fact that they were military spec and they literally don't/can't make them like that any more.
Most pots are cheap Chinese pot metal. Most harnesses are cheap thin stranded Chinese pot metal.
Putting two modern components in a chain won't effect much. It's when you have crap Chinese thin internal wire, switch, pots, caps, output jack, guitar cable, internal speaker wire, speaker cable, mic cable is when you end up in blanket mode.
I know the value of more pure copper in the circuit. The most basic would be to A/B a pedal board loaded with either monster cables or evidence lyric cables.
You will lose top end with the monster rock cable. Cables filled with cheap crap like monster are so badly stranded/designed that they act like a capacitor. Shaving highs.
I used to use my monster rock cables on bass guitar. It acts like an EQ pedal leaving more room for the guitars in the upper mids etc. now I use the evidence forte. Again...I don't pay the going rates. I buy evidence cables etc used/cheap.
If I were to buy new, I'd probably go bournes, mogami gold, motor city pickups etc and it will get close without breaking the bank. but I'd still make sure the internal wiring was from the 50's-70's. I've tried everything. Including a resistor instead mimicking a 500k pot and using evidence monorail cables inside guitars. Like I said...the magical unicorn mojo rainbow does not shine through my window. I go down to component level to measure my gains.
Luckily I've collected enough to last me a 100 guitars. It's why at high gain my tone is so clear you can hear the make of my pick on the strings.
IMO people could put as much money into the signal chain and get more tonal gains for less money than buying a Neve or Manley preamp. Most top studios spend millions trying to eq/compress life out of muddy instruments/cabs/skins/rooms/strings/vocal chords.