Incoming... Kramer The '84 Diver Down

fechart

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What don't you like about a JB? I was considering one for my HSH strat bridge......
Hey mate, I had the JB in a basswood bodied guitar and it was like meh... I felt it had nothing special to offer. Also it has a midrange honk that I don't dig... But that's my impression, it's more a kind of "feel" matter, don't get me wrong, the JB is a classic pup and it sounds good, just not my piece of cake...
 

jds22

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That is so awesome.
I'm probably in the minority here but my favorite Ed tones are on Diver Down. Not my favorite album from a song perspective but the tone is killer.
 

Whiskeyrebel

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Give the JB a chance. SOme pickups work a lot better in certain woods than they do others.

Cool guitar!
Ain't that the truth. I tried a JB in an ash (sen) guitar and it sounded terrible. I traded it to a friend who put it in a 1980 Les Paul Standard and it sounded great.
 

poolshark

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I have an '84 in red/black bullseye, and it's a legitimately nice guitar. Heavy, thanks to the maple body, but nice. Great fit and finish, good quality Floyd, good pickup if you like a JB. My only complaint was the cheap metric volume pot, but it's easy to ream and swap in a better quality unit.
 

fechart

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I have an '84 in red/black bullseye, and it's a legitimately nice guitar. Heavy, thanks to the maple body, but nice. Great fit and finish, good quality Floyd, good pickup if you like a JB. My only complaint was the cheap metric volume pot, but it's easy to ream and swap in a better quality unit.
I plan replacing the volume pot for an EVH low friction I have, and of course the JB for the Frankie in case I don't like the JB on maple
 

lamenlovinit

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I don't know much about Eddie's gear after the second album. I think of maple I think of Lynch. I figure Lynch got all "Swole" from playing those maple guitars... Did Eddie play a maple body?

As to the guitar itself a hockey stick headstock, one pickup shredder with a floyd and a super bold graphic? What's not to like! :D
 

Guitarworks

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I like that "EVH" paint job the best. It's neat and clean. While I was a VH fan growing up and admired Ed's playing and songwriting, I was never a fan of the paint schemes. I know I'm in the minority here. They always looked like such a cheap hack job to me.
 

fechart

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On top of this excellent advice, try it with 250k pots!
Yes! The guitar is trebly as hell! A couple of hours ago I replaced the stock JB with an EVH Frankie, and the treble is still there.... The tone has like a stratty single coil ish character that apparently you can't get rid of. I think the problem is not so much in the wood, it's the lack of a tone control and a switch. The circuit is so simple and straightforward...
 

F#m7

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I would think the maple body would contribute to the brightness, but the electronics also play a big role. 250k pot should help. Sound advice.
 




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