So over the last year I have bugged Mister Jim seavall millions of times, asking him what speaker I should get for this Sound or that sound. He was always more than helpful and remains so. To my utter confusion and dismay, he suggested I get some New Old Stock mullard tubes instead of buying his speakers. He said to try that first then reassess and see if I want new speakers. I was literally calling him to tell him I was about to place an order and to make sure the model speaker I was getting was the best fit for my needs and the guy talked me out of it! he said to trust him and that the New Old Stock mullards would be a game changer, and boy was he right! I have now accumulated eight of them as well as some amperex bugle boys, and they are truly magical tubes! Who does that though? Who talks you out of buying their product and recommends buying something completely different? It showed me he cares more about me getting the tone I want then he does getting my business, which in turn makes me want to give him my business even more! Talking on the phone with him and emailing him he is always been very personable, loves to joke and laugh and really makes you feel like you've known him your whole life. Super friendly guy, and a stand-up guy at that! Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I called him again to tell him now I'm ready to buy speakers from him. I asked what he thought would be the best fit based off of my new tone and what needed enhanced, tamed, etc...... and would you believe it? He tells me not to buy his speakers again! Rather He suggested I tear out the printed circuit board and four conductor wiring as well as the pickups in my les paul! He recommended I replace everything all the way up to the switch and down to the output Jack. He strongly suggested I go with 500K audio taper pots all the way around and more accurately vintage taper audio taper pots, NOS Sprague blackbeauty /bumblebee tone caps, and braided single conductor wire for everything. When it came to pickups I named a few I had heard really good things about such as Wizz, throback, Wolfe tone, Seymour Duncan sethlovers or antiquities, etc...he told me that he had tried just about everyone of the pups I mentioned and directly compared them to his real PAF set. He also informed me this was not just any set of PAFs, but the best sounding set out of a dozen or so he has weeded through over the years! Baffled at his lack of enthusiasm for any of the popular paf style pickup builders I mentioned, I then inquired as to what pickup he does feel enthusiastic about in comparison to the magic PAFs he has. I was shocked to hear his answer was Jim Wagner darkburst pickups. I had never even heard of them! Surely if they are that good they would have alot of Forum buzz right? I asked him if he liked the Wizz and throbaks as I have only heard great things about them, and he said while he did like them, they didn't have the "IT" factor that the Wagner pups and the real PAFs have. He recommended I give Jim Wagner a call and tell him about my rig and tone goal so that he could more accurately recommend a pickup to suit my needs. As soon as the name Angus left my mouth, Wagner interjected " the darkbursts". "You want acdc? Go darkburst everytime" says Wagner. So that is the second time I have heard these darkburst pups recommended. I called Jim Seavall back to tell him what had transpired and he laughed saying, I told u! Reiterating that the pickups that got closest to his magic PAF set were the Darkbursts, hands down! So once again I call Jim seavall to buy speakers from him and he talks me out of it! At this point I just trust the man and whatever he says. I kept him updated through the whole process of me rewiring My Guitar from scratch, he made sure to tell me everything I would need and how to do it properly...... when all the stuff finally arrived I rewired it exactly to all the schematics specifications and had no sound! I called Jim frantically searching for what I did wrong, and he said he was just as puzzled as me but tried to help any way he could. It turns out the Gibson 3-way switch that was came with the guitar, had the hot and the ground switched around so it was the exact opposite of a switchcraft 3 Way or any other three way I have found the wiring diagram for. The hot Was between the two pick up leads and the ground was on the other side by itself, the exact opposite of every other 3-way in the world! Once I switched those around everything was 100% perfect! Took a minute to adjust to the 50s wiring but now that I have heard the clarity and high-end retention when rolling the volume down, along with the beautifully organic Sprague Black Beauty tone cap fattening up the tone, there is absolutely no going back! It is just freaking extraordinary! It just sounds so hi-fi , clear, and detailed. I have called Jim since then to thank him profusely for helping me along in my quest for legendary tone, and he always humbly refuses any praise or admiration. The guy is a sweetheart of a human being, who genuinely cares about his customers needs. He went far above and beyond the Call of Duty! I called him to buy his product two different times and instead he recommends I change something else! Now, in all honesty, I don't feel that I need new speakers. All the other changes/improvements I have made have carved my tone in to exactly the size and shape I want it. Which just goes to show how serious jim is about getting you the tone you want. He didn't just recommend a speaker and say "well that's the best I do for you" , instead he instructed me to change just about everything else lol! When I asked him why he talked me out of his speakers and sent me on 2 totally different missions, he answered " because I felt that's what you needed to get the tone you were looking for" Now I do indeed have the tone I was after. I don't even know that I want to change my speakers because everything sounds exactly how I want it to. But since he went to extreme lengths to make sure I got what I was after sonically, I've decided I'm just going to build a separate cab just so I have a reason to get his speakers! It's guys like Jim seavall that give me Faith in humanity. Usually Everybody just wants to Advance their own position and agenda, but when somebody sets their own needs/interests aside to help another person, it shows me there are still some solid, stand-up, give u the shirt off their back, types of people out there...... And Jim Seavall is definitely one of them!