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Let's skip right past the "Varitones suck, just pull it out." responses and get down to why some Varitones sound better than others. For example...I had access to a '63 ES-345 that was unmolested and the Varitone sounded stellar. All six positions on the switch had very distinct tones. Quack/honk/out-of-phase, BB/Freddie tones...they were all there. Last week I took delivery of a new '59 ES-345TD reissue and the Varitone is lacking, like an anemic version of the '63 Varitone. I know that Gibson made some changes to the Varitone over the years but were there any that would be so drastic that it would become almost unusable? How about stereo vs. mono wiring, could that mess with the sound? What about pickups, do they factor into the equation at all? Thanks!