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The SVDS Replica Preordering opened!

19 Oct The SVDS Replica Preordering opened!

Dear members,

here we go. This is the preorder page for the Gold Tag version of the SVDS Replica.

To sum up the facts, what will you get with the Gold Tag version of the SVDS Replica?
An identical sounding replica of the Schaffer-Vega Diversity System wireless guitar device used by Angus from 1978 to circa 1982 and many other famous bands in late 70s and 80s like The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Kiss, The Grateful Dead, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Earth, Wind & Fire, Black Sabbath and Van Halen.

  • An almost identical looking case with original tuner knobs, VU meter and everything. The same “face” as the original.
  • 100% identical sound. With way more boost capabilities.
  • We will produce 100 units which will be personally signed und numbered by Mr. Schaffer himself.
  • It will even include the cool stickers you see on the sides of the original SVDS. See below.
  • The SVDS Replica will NOT operate as a wireless unit. You plug your guitar in on the front and connect it to your amp on the back. But of course you can use a wireless unit between guitar and Replica.

This posting will be updated later with images and even videos.

The official price will be USD $550 for buyers outside the European Union (no VAT) and EUR €422,22 excluding VAT (add your local VAT) for buyers inside the European Union, both excluding postal costs .

Pre-payment is USD $350 for buyers outside the European Union and EUR €300, for buyers inside the European Union. The  rest of USD $200 (outside EU) or EUR € 122,20 (inside EU) plus the postal costs is to be payed when your personal unit is ready for delievery to you.

How to order?

  • Basically: first come, first serve. And members will be served first, too.
  • Send a mail to replica-preorder@solodallas.com
  • Be sure to mention your name, your solodallas.com member name (orders from members will be preferred), your address and any wishes for your signature
  • We’ll send you a PayPal account for the pre-payment.
  • After we receive the pre-payment, your order is fixed and your unit will be produced. Your member name will be listed here
  • As soon as your unit is built and signed, you’ll receive a mail from us with a notice and the postal costs.
  • After we receive the rest of the payment, your unit will be sent to you.

That’s it. We know, you’ll like it. And if in doubt, just wait for more photos/videos/sound samples.

replica-sidesticker

Actual stickers for the sides of the Replica

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Franz Farklas
banane@exception.at

I'm born 1970, a big AC/DC fan since 1982, when I got the "Back in Black" cassette tape together with a little cassette player from my grandpa. Fully classic rock addicted, don't like "modern" music styles like HipHop. 2009 I got a Gibson SG standard ebony, learning to play AC/DC songs from tabs and videos since then. Beside that, I'm a totally computer addicted guy and Linux Server specialist. Working as internet server and network admin and part-time IT consultant. So, when I'm not behind my guitar, I'm behind the keyboard :-) Feel free to contact me at ICQ 71095781 or MSN banane@exception.at or skype ffarklas@exception.at.

194 Comments
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    ThomasJackson
    Posted at 06:57h, 13 November

    how many are left?!

    • avatar
      brich117
      Posted at 02:37h, 15 November

      Plenty! Send ’em an e-mail if you wanna pre-order one!

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    marcgervais1993
    Posted at 05:02h, 12 November

    Hi! Really excited for this. I have just sent an e-mail to order it but was wondering if there were in fact any left. Hopefully there are as I am a 100% certain buyer, thanks!!

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    drucker
    Posted at 23:10h, 25 October

    Have the paypal emails been sent out ?

    • avatar
      dash8311
      Posted at 05:33h, 26 October

      Not that I’ve seen. Franz mentioned next week at some point in this thread…

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    OldSchoolRocker666
    Posted at 17:10h, 25 October

    Just how many is left? I’am awaiting what a friend is decided wheter or not he’ll order one in the same time for me as well or not so i can’t give an answer right now wheter or not to order, i really hope i can get the answer in time so as to not miss one of the first 100 :(

    One of the 100 would be so great to have, even if i can’t keep my amp due to economy i will hold up to the replica at least, i hope they wont sell away before i can decide to order.

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 22:24h, 25 October

      Well, I think you’ll have a month or so left for your decision. But what about me telling you when we’re getting short on units?

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        OldSchoolRocker666
        Posted at 00:01h, 26 October

        That would be sooo great of you! 😀 Really i would appritiate if you can do that! :)

      • avatar
        OldSchoolRocker666
        Posted at 00:11h, 26 October

        By the way do you have any photoes of how the replica looks like in reality? I was thinking about the Golden Tag that is. Would be nice to see how it looks like :)

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    coogans
    Posted at 00:27h, 25 October

    I second that!! Thanks Fil and Franz and your team for your determination and passion to bring this magical tone to life once again. Can’t wait to receive my SVDS replica and give it hell!! Cheers guys

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    ar2619Rob
    Posted at 15:49h, 24 October

    Thanks to both of you, I can’t wait for it to arrive. :)

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    ThomasJackson
    Posted at 18:32h, 22 October

    Will my SVDS sound good even though I have a smaller marshall amplifier? I feel like I might as well not get one if I don’t have bigger vintage amps like solo does. :(

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 18:41h, 22 October

      It will. Check this article and the video. Fil is playing the very first SVDS Replica prototype ever built (by Guido) on a small Marshall Valvestate amp: http://www.solodallas.com/the-raiders-of-the-lost-sound-and-a-cheap-marshall-your-schaffer-vega-diversity-on-a-budget-amp/

      If still in doubt, no problem. Wait for more demos coming up, we’re preparing them now. I’ll visit Fil one more time and we’ll do some SVDS Replica demo stuff. Stay tuned :)

      • avatar
        banane
        Posted at 18:43h, 22 October

        Correction: He’s playing the original SVDS there, not the replica. Anyways, thats what you’ll get with the Replica too.

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          ThomasJackson
          Posted at 05:57h, 23 October

          I think it would be helpful if you give us a cover of a song with the music in the background with the smaller amplifier. That would better help me make my decision.

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          ThomasJackson
          Posted at 03:45h, 24 October

          ‘Off Topic’ My dad is about to make me an SG. What pickups should he install that would be best for replicating the sound in the Back in Black album?

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    banane
    Posted at 16:41h, 22 October

    To clarify the VAT taxes story:
    Each European country has its own local VAT tax rates. For now, please add your local VAT tax rate to the price, I will put up a chart later.

    • avatar
      Kirk2000
      Posted at 17:02h, 22 October

      And remember that shipping this item around the globe is not going to be cheap, so start saving for the shipping costs now. No crying to Franz when he tells you how much the shipping is going to be.. I had something this size and weight (2 teapots) shipped from England last week and it was $55.. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.. KIRK

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      drucker
      Posted at 21:49h, 22 October

      If the country you live in is an EU member and you buy an item from another country that is also an EU member then you will not pay any import taxes or vat when you import the item into your country

      • avatar
        banane
        Posted at 22:05h, 22 October

        You won’t pay import taxes, but you have to pay VAT taxes.

        • avatar
          drucker
          Posted at 22:22h, 22 October

          If vat is applicable to the goods in the country of origin then its paid at the point of sale but its not applied again on entering another eu country so if I pay you 650 euros for an item and you are including vat in that price and you send it to me in the uk then I have nothing else to pay no vat and no tax ,at least that is how it should be

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            banane
            Posted at 22:30h, 22 October

            That’s exactly what I meant above.
            Some shops charge their local VAT, other shops charge only the buyers countries VAT. Most shops charge only the buyers countries VAT, so that’s what we do too.
            Means: Replica is sold from Italy to you where they have 21% VAT, but you will only pay your local british VAT of 20%.

            • avatar
              drucker
              Posted at 22:33h, 22 October

              ok thanks

            • avatar
              OldSchoolRocker666
              Posted at 10:21h, 05 November

              I’am from Sweden and from what i can see at first glimps our VAT is 25% for most goods and stuff, and we’re EU members, 422£ is around 4534 SEK, so i add just another 25% onto that (excluding postal cost?) and i get around.. 5.667 SEK, holy this is expensive :O (if i now got it entirely correct with VAT % e.t.c that is)

              That’s like half my coming monthly payment in coming months, i really want one and i have card but i dont personaly need any PayPal account or anything? I’ve never traded over the internet before(i know this probubly sounds funny but i’ve not actually traded earlier with card over the internet, haven’t had any reason for it other than now possibly) so i basicly have no experience, don’t laugh please i know it sounds funny nowadays with everyone using cards e.t.c.

              What will the postal costs be? And by the way how much time do i have left? I counted with the computers own calender weeks but on here my comment was left like a week ago, which way should i go with if i want to stay accurate on time left for ordering one? Is this the last week i have time left for trying to ordering one?

              • avatar
                banane
                Posted at 10:37h, 05 November

                Of course we dont laugh. Not everyone trades stuff on Ebay or whereever.

                You have to get a PayPal account for paying. Only possible payment method. Since you have to register your card there, it’s basically like paying with card.

                Well, can’t help with the taxes. There is no practical solution for that.
                You know, if we set the taxes to the Italian 21% the people with less VAT in their countries are upset and if we set the taxes to the local VAT of the buyers the people with higher local VAT the Italian VAT will be upset.

                No no, you have plenty of time left to order. We’re still far away from having all 100 units reserved. There’s no deadline basically, when we’re sold out, we’re sold out.

                • avatar
                  OldSchoolRocker666
                  Posted at 10:52h, 05 November

                  Right :)

                  Okey i’am considering to fix all this to perhaps ordering one, i gotta check how the economy looks like though and other details.

                  I’am not trying to complain if it sounded like that :) , i understand completely there are costs and those can’t be avoided so i have no problem with that, just got a bit chocked when i calculated the price how it would be at allmost totaly hehe

                  But basicly i got it all right with the VAT calculation then or anything else i need to know or add?

                  Allright that’s great to hear! Then i have no reason to stress it all :) Thanks!

                  • avatar
                    banane
                    Posted at 11:04h, 05 November

                    Alright :)
                    No, wasn’t taken as complaint, just wanted to say that we cant please everybody, tax-wise.
                    Yes, you got it right with the VAT calculation. It’s the VAT of the buyers country that counts.

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                      OldSchoolRocker666
                      Posted at 19:15h, 12 November

                      Will you automaticly add correct shipping adress and that thing so it’s delivered to the right location upon sending it or will i have to add my adress(home adress enought?) and you take the best one or what?

                      And say i would preorder now, when would it possibly arrive? I know this could be a hard quesition but i’am just wondering if let’s say preorders get their before ”the others” or what?

                      I saw i might possibly get money for this, have fixed with card and only basicly need paypal left, so i’am strongly considering it.

                      Just wondering :)

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 21:04h, 12 November

                      Well, you should send your shipping address together with the preorder mail.
                      Members preorders go before other preorders, not sure if you meant that?
                      All GoldTag Replicas will be shipped when after producing and testing them (Burn-in). We will make a maximum of 100 units of the GoldTag one.
                      We just received a prototype of the metal case which needs a few adaptions eventually (checking it when back from Rome), and production will start after we approved it.

                    • avatar
                      OldSchoolRocker666
                      Posted at 20:04h, 13 November

                      Is the ”shipping address” the same as my home address or do i have to look up a suitable address where they import or anything? I haven’t ever ordered from outside my country so i’am not sure.

                      I was wondering wheter or not the units are being made and send within a time schedule after being ordered, you know if i would wait like 4-6-8 weeks from the point i would order it or something, but okey i’am not in a hurry or anything i’am perfectly fine with it taking the time needed so i hope this doesn’t sound impatient or anything, i have looked foreward to this release for a long time but i can probubly wait a bit more :)

                      Could one pick a specific number of the bunch if the number isn’t allready taken from the whole 100 units made?

                      I hope this doesn’t sound stupid or anything.

  • avatar
    jakesg61
    Posted at 14:16h, 22 October

    Hi Banane, Im back from Dubai, I can send the pre order payment now 😀 if you could mail em the paypal address, thanks :)

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 16:29h, 22 October

      Hey Jake, I already put put you in the order list (at #3 btw), but please send a preorder mail anyway. PayPal address will come later, waiting for more orders coming in before sending payment info mail out.

      • avatar
        jakesg61
        Posted at 17:33h, 22 October

        Thank you 😀 I have sent an e-mail to the pre order mail, I forgot to add a subject to the message but im sure you will know what it is,
        Jake

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 17:47h, 22 October

          Thank you Jake, got it! :)

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    Kirk2000
    Posted at 01:51h, 22 October

    Just found this Italian web site that explains the whole refund process… Enjoy.. KIRK

    http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/how-to-get-a-vat-refund-in-italy.html

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    Kirk2000
    Posted at 01:42h, 22 October

    I asked an International tax guy here in New York.. No VAT or IVA in Italy if you ship the items out of the EU.. If you purchase the item in the EU you get a form from the retailer and take that to customs at the airport, with your receipt and item, to get your IVA tax back in Euros.. Then you have to spend them at the duty free shop or take them home with you.. Or they can send the form back to the retailer, after it’s stamped by customs, and they credit your card for the IVA tax amount (usually takes 2 weeks). The tax percentage varies all over the country.. In italy you have to buy an item that exceeds the old 300 lire amount, that converts to 154.94 euros to get the IVA (VAT) tax refund on products bought in Italy which are shipped or taken out of the country.. So, Fil and Franz should look into the tax thing.. KIRK

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 07:16h, 22 October

      Asked a tax guy here too and you are right regarding the taxes. So, good news for buyers abroad: NO VAT for Replica buyers outside EU! Which means the price for US and other buyers abroad drops to USD $550!
      Updated the prices in the post.

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        depuis1899
        Posted at 15:17h, 22 October

        Actually I was thinking, when I order smt from Musicstore for example, they count the luxemburgish tax, not the german tax…
        How is it with the Replica ?

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 15:54h, 22 October

          That taxes stuff is going on my nerves. Removed any taxes info, add your local taxes.

          • avatar
            depuis1899
            Posted at 18:47h, 22 October

            I can imagine that Franz… Who introduced the taxes anyway ? Live would be easier without lol

      • avatar
        SCgrad98
        Posted at 04:20h, 23 October

        Awesome! Thank you Kirk for researching this and Franz for dropping the tax for us overseas! :-)

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          dash8311
          Posted at 01:48h, 24 October

          Looks good guys, awaiting paypal email next :-)

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    guns4hire34
    Posted at 15:46h, 21 October

    When is the pedal version going to be ready????

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    gretsch3marshall
    Posted at 22:53h, 20 October

    Pre Order E-Mail sent!! Hopefully I made it in time!!

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 09:40h, 22 October

      Yes, you did. There are still a lot left from the 100 units. Thanks for ordering!

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    Spellbound
    Posted at 19:21h, 20 October

    Hmmm…. Having Fil and Banane signing my Gold Tag too would be awesome…. Do you think everyone who worked on this could sign their name on a paper and send it? 😀 It would be very cool if no one was left out on this – everyone had their part and deserves to be recognized. :)

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 09:38h, 22 October

      Yes, thats possible. Noted your signature requests in the order list.

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    Ant
    Posted at 13:36h, 20 October

    May i have the pedal version singed by you banane and fil? :)

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    Kirk2000
    Posted at 02:56h, 20 October

    Just sent my e-mail.. Now I have something to look forward to getting. The SVDS will go great with the Jaydee Angus guitars I’ll be getting soon from John Diggins, it’s been a long 2 year wait… KIRK

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 09:42h, 22 October

      Wow, Kirk. But it’s good to know that other people also needs a lot of time to produce things :)

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    Johnny
    Posted at 00:31h, 20 October

    So how many hace u “sold” banane, if u dont mind me asking, any non sd members ask yet??

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    angus666
    Posted at 22:43h, 19 October

    So after 100 nobody else can buy one? Or is 100 just the end of the Schaffer signed and numbered units? Me mom and pop are still considering spotting me the money, I might not be able to sign up until tomorrow.

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 22:56h, 19 October

      Well, at the moment we plan to build just 100 units of the Gold Tag version, no more. If there is enough demand to make more units, we will build more, though only the first 100 will be signed by Mr. Schaffer.

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    Aaron
    Posted at 20:52h, 19 October

    What kind of wishes are people asking for ? lol

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 21:26h, 19 October

      Autographs from Fil, for example :)

      • avatar
        Aaron
        Posted at 21:38h, 19 October

        You mean I have to ask for that ? Haha

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 21:47h, 19 October

          Yes, actually :)

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            Aaron
            Posted at 22:30h, 19 October

            Actually, I’m pretty sure my exact words were “If Angus can’t sign it, Fil will do” lol. That means please sign it Fil!

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              banane
              Posted at 22:44h, 19 October

              Alright, so he will sign it :)

              • avatar
                jype
                Posted at 23:07h, 19 October

                Hi banane!
                I forgot to mention my wish in my preorder mail (BTW, did you receive it?): I want Fil’s signature on mine too, I think he deserves to sign all of the 100 “Gold Tag”. Thanks!

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    drucker
    Posted at 20:10h, 19 October

    if its not putting you to too much trouble could you please confirm my email got there ,I will rest easy then
    thanks

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      Spellbound
      Posted at 20:59h, 19 October

      Don’t worry, Banae said there’s a unit now reserved for you. :)

      • avatar
        drucker
        Posted at 21:10h, 19 October

        How do you know He told you this ?

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          banane
          Posted at 21:20h, 19 October

          He wrote it in an answer to your comment :)

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            drucker
            Posted at 21:27h, 19 October

            oops ! sorry I didnt even see it …
            I did look but obviously I missed it
            its been a very long day today and my brains are pretty fried at this point ,thanks very much for responding
            I want one of these svds units soooo badly its a relief to hear it its done
            I went to work late today waiting for the list to open just to make absolutely sure I got on the list
            thanks anyway I will stop pestering you now I promise .
            Ian

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              banane
              Posted at 21:38h, 19 October

              No worries, mate! You weren’t pestering anyway. Was just a lame pun from me.
              Yes, I can totally understand that you want it so badly. It’s the same for us. We want to get rid of the prototypes (mine isn’t even in a case, I have the PCB board laying on my amp) and get the real thing.
              And it’s a honour for Fil an me that you spent all this effort and time to get a Replica. Thank you!
              Franz

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              Spellbound
              Posted at 21:38h, 19 October

              The anticipation and excitement is universal – all of us are eager to get our hands on them. Banae and Fil (and the rest of the crew) are probably just as excited to be able to release this as we are to receive, I can’t imagine some questions really pestering them. 😀

              I was jumping up and down and running around the house when I saw the pre-order list finally open. I was tempted to send e-mails from every single account I have just to make sure at least one of them would work. 😛

              • avatar
                banane
                Posted at 21:48h, 19 October

                Very true words, mate.

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        drucker
        Posted at 21:27h, 19 October

        thanks spellbound

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          Spellbound
          Posted at 21:39h, 19 October

          No problem dude. 😀

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