06 Dec Secure an Early Schaffer Replica™ Pedal Now!

Dear SoloDallas.com registered members and TSR® (The Schaffer Replica®) pre-order listee,

that moment has finally come!
After a long wait, of almost two years, we are now producing the Gold Tag Edition (GT) Schaffer Replica™, which will be delivered during this December 2013 to their respective owners, and we are also purchasing all components for the Pedal Version, of which we will commence production, assembly and immediate delivery in the coming month of January 2014!
If you are still interested in confirming your TSR™ Pedal Preorder, we kindly ask that you deposit USD190 (out of USD280 total price) to confirm your Pedal order thus insuring production of your unit, via paypal, sending USD190 to our paypal address paypal@solodallas.com.
You will have to include your
– full name,
– solodallas.com member screen name
– the phrase “The Schaffer Replica Pedal”.
When your Pedal will be ready for shipment, we will ask that you correspond the remainder of the amount plus the shipping cost. One day after receiving your payment, we will ship out your order, tracked to your location wherever you are in the world.
All orders will be processed (the Pedals produced & delivered) according to when we received your pre-order request (date) and order confirmation payment (i.e.: individuals who pre-ordered early but failed to confirm their order in a timely fashion – within December 2013 – will lose their priority and eventually, we will have to cancel their pre-order).
SoloDallas.com is now an Italian Company (SoloDallas S.r.l, fully legislated by Italian law, Partita IVA 12175121008).
We – Franz & I, Fil “SoloDallas” Olivieri, are fully committed to total quality and your satisfaction. We do know that this is a typical marketing phrase and too often used, but we also know that we did prove quality results since solodallas.com inception and we will stand by our promise to deliver such quality in the form of our product, the Schaffer Replica™, and much more.
We strongly believe that our product, “The Schaffer Replica Pedal”™, will be quite successful and we are looking into making it more and more widely known. SoloDallas.com will in fact participate this year at the 2014 NAMM show, booth number #:  3395.
IF you are in the Anaheim area, make sure you come visit us! Our booth will feature David Friedman Amps, David Allen Pickups, Rock N’ Roll Relics and SoloDallas.com (featuring the Schaffer Replica™ with the presence of Mr. Ken Schaffer in person!) ALL in the same booth. Boutique Tone At Your Fingertips.
Thanks for your attention,
Looking Forward To Hearing from You,
Fil & Franz
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04 Dec A sly look into the shop part I: Gold Tag parts arriving

Dear members,

while the Gold Tag case parts are getting their paint job, the electronic parts for the Gold Tag arrived in the assembly shop. Shop owner sent us a few photos for first impressions to share with you all. In case you are scratching your head why there are so many different electronic boards: the Gold Tag contains 3 different boards: Main, Front, Rear.






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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.


Fil & Franz




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25 Nov Current State Of The Schaffer Replica Development – Gold Tag Version and Pedal – Part V

Dear Members,

long time no update. but now we have a big one:

All parts, PCBs, cases, everything needed for the Gold Tag production is ordered, and the cases and the PCBs are already in the works.

Also, Mr. Schaffer spent some elbow grease in 100 autographs on polished brass plates for the Gold Tag versions and our trusty member Headwhop (Jacob Yergert) made the labeling print designs for both the Gold Tag and the pedal.

We expect being able to start the Gold Tag delieveries in mid December, in “first come, first serve” order. 25 Gold Tags are still available at the time of writing.



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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.


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.


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.








And please do tell us in the comments!

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