My Koll Tornado pics

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  1. zeppo

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    Hey there, finally got a good shot of my Koll Tornado. Thought I'd share.

    body & neck: korina
    fingerboard: brazilian
    pickups: harmonic design
    bridge: jazzmaster trem
    neck shape: chunky 50's style

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  2. big mike

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    damn that's cool looking!
     
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    Pure!


    Best, Pete.
     
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    Harris,

    Thanks for posting those pics! Looks fabulous! Mine should be here this week sometime. I am simply on the edge of my seat here!!! Words do no justice to the level of tingling excitement I'm feeling here!!!!!!!

    The pics only make it that much better. :D
     
  7. zeppo

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    Yeah cocheese, Saul told me about your guitar, sounds really cool.

    I haven't decided if the harmonic design pickups are the right ones for this guitar yet, as splatt has pointed out the harmonic designs are awesome for higher gain but I kind of miss some of the vintage vibe of more gibson style p-90s. That being said the harmonics don't exhibit any of the "nasally" characteristics I don't like in other p-90s. Believe it or not my favorite p-90s right now are the duncan phat cats but of course those fit in a humbucker sized route so won't be going in this guitar.

    harris
     
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    I'm getting a set of Lollar P-90's in my Tornado. I'm more of a vintage guy too. I play more with non-master amps at just a hint of overdrive. The Lollars should be great as the other pickups I've tried of Jason's have sounded wonderful.
     
  10. MJR

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    That is utterly beautiful! :dude

    The more of Saul's guitars I see, the more I think I could be content with just a few of his creations.
     
  11. zeppo

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    Yeah, now that I look at it the pics make it looker a little darker than it is in person too. Not as dark around the edges, smoother fade to the center. Very purdy.

    h.
     
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    Yep, that's a classy looking guitar.
     
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    I'm counting the days until I can get out to PDX and talk to Saul about a Koll.

    I'm intrigued about the Jazzmaster trem, how is the break angle over the bridge?
    Have you compared it to a Hipshot equipped Koll?
     
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    Zeppo,

    Much health and happiness with your new Koll. It looks beautiful
    and I'm sure it sounds incredible. I'm waiting on 2 guitars
    from Saul and will post as soon as they are in my hands. Saul is
    simply one of the best designer/builders out there today. It
    doesn't get any better. Enjoy it and play the hell out of it....
     
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    Nice ax Zeppo.

    There's a P-90 in my future and these babies look like they fit the bill.
     
  16. zeppo

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    Nope, it was not suposed to be my implication that you suggested that they lack the vibe factor, just that they are superior high gain pickups, sorry if it came across wrong. As much as anything I just hear at clean or edge of break up tones a little less, errr, openess or maybe it's just a little less high end than my '65 sg special or the phat cats in my historic sg. I have dinked with the pickup height a bit but i would agree it's worth more investigation. And I know exactly what you mean about the whiney, nasally bridge versus the mismatched bridge, it's something I've heard in a lot of vintage gibsons.

    thanks,
    h.
     
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    Zeppo-

    I have a set of Lollars if you're interested in a trade for your HDs. I almost bought the orange Koll from you a few months back. Luckily, I was able to pick up a Super Glide recently. I'm interested in checking out the HD VP.

    Greg
     
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    Dammnity, that IS a purdy guittie!!... Does Saul give any sort of rebate for multiple orders?

    I WILL buy a Tornado just like yours, plus a Superior with the Electroflux and a Duo Glide too.

    Will "tentative" orders still qualify for rebates? Hmmm...

    ;)

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    Yup, I'll give it a try, my experimentation before was pretty cursory and I've read they're sensitive to height.

    And Greg, thanks for the trade offer but I'll keep these around.

    Also, someone asked above about the jazzmaster trem. I had a two tornados here at my house at the same time, the one in the pic and a black one with a hipshot. I found the jazzmaster trem guitar to sound a little bigger acoustically, that may be the bridge and it may just be the wood and neck size on the two guitars (the black one was a thinner neck). I initially went with the jazzmaster trem for a few reasons, I like the sense of a fixed bridge under my palm, I don't do a ton of wham-bulations and I like it on my vintage jazzmaster. All that being said, the hipshot is a very fine piece of machinery and were I to order another one I might get that bridge. Very silky smooth in travel and feels great.

    harris
     
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    I'm fixing to get a Koll quite a bit like that one soon.

    I love the Jazzmaster trem, but does it stay in tune well? I'd be worried that the strings would catch on the fixed tune-o-matic bridge, especially the wound strings...

    Thanks.
     

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