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Author: SoloDallas

04 Dec The First Schaffer Replica™ Prototype Gets Final Looks.

Dear SoloDallas.com Members & Schaffer Replica™ Customers,

we are pleased to show you our first ever working Prototype – the first working one that was accepted, months ago – with updated looks. While the box is a “real”, SVDS box (actually, a PRO63 box, which is even older), the internals are our current generation of Schaffer Replica™ GT Edition analog circuits. The graphics are our own Jake Yergert’s official GT Edition Graphics, and the re-work done on the prototype has been performed by an exceptional technician named Dr. Vincenzo Padula.

This is the very first Schaffer Replica™ prototype that sounded like the real thing, and got accepted by SoloDallas for general production. It dates back to early 2013.

This is the very first Schaffer Replica™ prototype that sounded like the real thing, and got accepted by SoloDallas for general production. It dates back to early 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Replica Is Coming.

Thanks,

Fil & Franz

 

 

 

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18 Nov One Schaffer Replica™ & Eight Les Pauls

I.e., “testing the TSR™ on Les Pauls as well”, basically.

Because – yes – it’s not that the SVDS was only used with Gibson SG Standards, naturally. It was used much with Les Pauls as well.

An example of it – where I even clearly recognise the SVDS sound – is in this Kiss’ live video:

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14 Nov A 1959 Gibson Les Paul Conversion & a David Allen P51

Another long time project that I have was to “fix” an old original, 1952 style Gibson Les Paul – originally started as a Gold Top in the early 1950s – that I had bought in Florida probably 20 years ago.

It was my first 1950s Les Paul conversion, and the conversion itself had been done horribly. Never the less, I played the guitar for years live and at home. It was my main Les Paul for a long time, until the Lentz conversion came about years later.  I don’t have a picture of what the guitar looked like when I first got it. The guitar was refinished a number of times, eventually staying in gold with P90s (replicas) as its last condition before I decided to have it properly converted in 1959 style again – but this time, done as it should have been.

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Finally Converted Properly.

 

It took almost two years to friend Luca of Cloe Guitars, but the guitar is now successfully converted. Luca did a number of incredible things to it. The first one – wasn’t easy for me – was to replace the neck. The neck was probably not its original one from the start – it had been reset for sure, but it had a very strange shape, definitely too thin, probably a 1970s neck anyways. Not only it didn’t have the proper angle in the 1950s Les Paul body, but it was shaped too strange for the guitar to get its full range of sound. So Luca swapped it with one that was carefully modelled after other conversions of mine. (more…)

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13 Nov David Allen Pickups Developing A New Pickup In Collaboration With SoloDallas (Updated With Allen’s Prototype I, Metro JTM50)

Recording The Rock N Roll Relics "Angus Model" With A David Allen P51 on a number of amplifiers

Recording The Rock N Roll Relics “Angus Model” With A David Allen P51 on a number of amplifiers

 Please note: for the latest updates, please scroll down to the bottom.

 

Well, I’m happy to be able to officially announce that Mr. David Allen, me & myself (Solo & Dallas) are working actively together to bring you a new pickup to sound… as it should.

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Microphone Types & Placement: Left, Shure SM57; Right, original 1960s Sennheiser MD421. These microphones are a “classic couple” for Rock & Classic Rock. This is the combination used to record – for example – Highway To Hell.

For what? Well, typically – knowing me – for Rock ‘n’ Roll. And moreso, it’s supposed to be one of those you can stick or shove into an SG of any kind and make her sound… good. Good reminiscent of what you know. Idea came months ago to friend Billy Rowe of Rock N Roll Relics, that put David Allen and myself in touch to work on this. At the time, the main objective was to choose two pickups for the Angus Model (Rock N Roll Relics “Angus Model”). Billy had chosen one from David Allen’s great line of pickups called the P51, which replicates a 1959 Gibson (the Gibson of those times) PAF.

One of our Plexi prototypes - companding 100%, Boost circa 60&

One of our Plexi prototypes – companding 100%, Boost circa 60&

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"Whole Lotta Rosie" sound chain

01 Nov So What’s the Schaffer Replica™ Going To Sound Like On Guitar Rig, You Say?

Not bad at all, I’d say.

But you tell me.

 

(generic Jump head settings, nothing else, standard settings)

 

Gibson Angus Young Signature, #37 of 50; Seymour Dancan Pearly Gates (modified for AYS)

Rock N’ Roll Relics “Angus Model”, David Allen Prototype t-top

1966 Gibson SG Standard, t-top

 

Please note: no whatsoever processing done; recorded on Apple portable computer shown in picture and uploaded onsite.

 

 

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And please do tell us in the comments!

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31 Oct SoloDallas at NAMM 2014: Our Own Booth For The TSR™

Well, I had told you that I was going to do it “the right” way (wasn’t one of my first videos – eons ago – called “doin’ it right”?). I thought this would imply spreading the word about the TSR™ at NAMM 2014, Anaheim. We’re there, just been welcomed. More info on booth number to come soon – please stay tuned (and come visit us there!).

 

With love yours,

 

Filippo “SoloDallas”

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31 Oct AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell”, The Schaffer Replica™ Series (SoloDallas cover)

With this one I wanted to do something slightly different than the previous two songs: use the TSR™ the whole time. Would it be accurate, fair and sound good all at the same time? I don’t know, let’s evaluate it together item by item. (more…)

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