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Neil Young, Old Black, and guitar tone/volume bypass mods

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by jbd3, May 23, 2011.

  1. jbd3

    jbd3 Please Don't Sell Me Any More Gear Silver Supporting Member

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    I read recently that Larry Cragg put a switch in Neil's LP to bypass the tone & volume controls. As I understand it, this is equivalent to a Suhr "blower switch," or one of the positions on a 1-pickup Tele with a p'up selector. On Young's LP, does that bypass configuration employ both pickups? This is a mod I'm really curious about, curious to know who has tried it, and how they've set it up!
     
  2. vortexxxx

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    BCRGreg who's on various forums suggested the mod to Neil's tech so try to contact him if you want specifics
     
  3. zumaboy

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    Don't take it as gospel, but I think that switch affects only the bridge pickup. It's an old Firebird pickup that is very hot and microphonic and is responsible for a large portion of Neil's signature sound.
     
  4. colinesquire

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    Well Neil used to use gretschs which have that tone bypassed setting on the 3 way.
     
  5. mattymel

    mattymel Supporting Member

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    from what i read its neck position is just neck (no tone or volume pots), the bridge position is just bridge (no tone no volume pots) and the middle position is a "kill" switch. who needs a volume knob when you have a wizard?
     

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