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Current State Of The Schaffer Replica Development – Gold Tag Version – Part III

23 Nov Current State Of The Schaffer Replica Development – Gold Tag Version – Part III

Dear members,

While we are still preparing the production of the Gold Tag version, we already ordered the first parts. And today we got the first delievery. The tuner knobs. Very hard to find, took us almost a week of searching the net, Because, you know, we want the original ones. And we got them. Thousand of them (yes, literally) came in today. Will be used for the pedal version too.

 

Knobs delievery 1

 

Knobs delievery 2

 

Knobs delievery 3

 

We will keep you updated.

Your SoloDallas Team

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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.

93 Comments
  • avatar
    dash8311
    Posted at 18:47h, 25 January

    Gents,

    Where are we with the Gold Tag TSR?

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 18:52h, 25 January

      I’ll write an update later today.

      • avatar
        depuis1899
        Posted at 11:18h, 26 January

        you made my day Franz :)

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 11:56h, 26 January

          There we go: new status posting online :)

  • avatar
    banane
    Posted at 09:06h, 18 January

    Small Replica news update: The PCB layout of the pedal version is done. More new to come later :)

    • avatar
      depuis1899
      Posted at 16:38h, 18 January

      Nothing new about the GT :) ?

      Since I’ll get 2 old G12-65, and T-Top Replicas I’m even more excited to get the GT haha

    • avatar
      Spellbound
      Posted at 21:32h, 18 January

      This is great news! 😀

    • avatar
      zorro
      Posted at 10:57h, 19 January

      All I can say is: YES!

    • avatar
      Ant
      Posted at 17:57h, 19 January

      News to my ears (eyes) lol

      Progress on the pedal 😀 yay

  • avatar
    Spellbound
    Posted at 03:44h, 17 January

    Hey Franz, I just thought of a question about TSR’s design.

    Is it going to have the same curved back like the upright Vega systems? Or will it be like the Plexi-Schaffer in a rectangular box kinda thing?

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 09:04h, 18 January

      It will be like the Plexi version. No curved back. Unfortunately. We practically fought for keeping the curved back in our Replica cases, but it turned out that the cases would be way too expensive then. So we went for a straight backside at the end.

      • avatar
        Spellbound
        Posted at 08:19h, 19 January

        Oh, okay. No worries though, I bet it’ll look great, can’t wait to see it! 😀

  • avatar
    MisterScary
    Posted at 19:24h, 08 January

    Any idea when there will be another update regarding the Gold Tag version? The suspense is torture! 😉

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 20:06h, 08 January

      Sorry, Jim :) I know and I have ants up my ass too, but…
      Well, here in Austria many shops (actually ALL shops we work with, even our tech) close their business over the holidays till the 6th January and then slowly starts up again.
      And not with daily work but typically with taxes, financial stuff, stocktaking and all that. Our case builder even starts business only next week. One reason for that could be that skiing is very important here :)
      Anyways, at the moment we can do just nothing but wait until everybody is back in business. Sorry.

      • avatar
        currentpeak
        Posted at 21:19h, 08 January

        …and while we’re waiting we can listen to this one http://youtu.be/1b6RbWFMqRU

        • avatar
          MisterScary
          Posted at 21:25h, 08 January

          Lol! The perfect song for the occasion!

        • avatar
          depuis1899
          Posted at 15:06h, 09 January

          Nice choice :)

      • avatar
        MisterScary
        Posted at 21:24h, 08 January

        Thanks for the explanation, Franz. That makes sense. I forgot about how different the holiday season is in Europe conpared the US. Wish I was there instead of working today!

      • avatar
        artbarsnstripes
        Posted at 03:05h, 15 January

        banane,
        please read my comment below :)

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    artbarsnstripes
    Posted at 09:55h, 05 January

    banane,
    How can I get in contact with Fil? It is in regards to Steve Buslowe’s SVDS he bought on ebay a few months ago for $2,400 (i was bidding against him on it). I’d like to see if he can help me with my new SVDS i just acquired (it was owned by Steve Vai). It’s missing the X10 transmitter and owner’s manual. This site is the only site that has all the knowledge of the SVDS as well as a large fanbase. I know the guy who worked on David Gilmour’s SVDS during the ’94 P.U.L.S.E. Tour and he’s got everything he needs to repair/modify/upgrade my SVDS (including crystal resonator replacement with different frequencies to match receiver/transmitter). He’s based in Burbank, California. I would really appreciate the help, I’m using the SVDS the same way Gilmour used it for the ’80-’81 The Wall tours (he actually had two units working at the same time!). Keep up the great work and thanks for the info!
    David Sarmiento

    • avatar
      Dries
      Posted at 11:02h, 05 January

      Ah it was you who was bidding against me ! Just kiddin’ 😉

      Wel if you haven’t got an transmitter it will be hard to find one. there are a whole lot other things that need to be done when replacing the crystal, to get the unit stable and get the max. signal to noise ratio out of it. There are a lot of different transmitters out there!

      If Fil can’t help you, I maybe can. but I can’t promise.

      • avatar
        Spellbound
        Posted at 20:45h, 05 January

        So you 2 were the guys I was bidding against… 😛

      • avatar
        artbarsnstripes
        Posted at 00:00h, 08 January

        ahh it was you! haha it got too high in cost for me :/ Yeah, i’ve done some research and talked to a few experts, but considering the cost of the unit that was bought than the one I just obtained and to get an operating transmitter would be substantially cheaper, almost half in cost! Dries, if there’s anything you can do to help, i’ll be more than happy to reward you in any way! I’ve been hunting for the SVDS for some time so i’m fully committed :)

        • avatar
          Dries
          Posted at 10:11h, 08 January

          Please write me some day at pottevijnd (at) gmail (dot) com
          We’ll have a lot to talk about 😉

    • avatar
      MisterScary
      Posted at 04:29h, 06 January

      Hi David. Are you referring to Greg at Production Wireless?

      • avatar
        artbarsnstripes
        Posted at 00:01h, 08 January

        Yes, really nice guy too! we talked shop for an hour or so and he said that he get my unit up an running just right!

        • avatar
          Spellbound
          Posted at 05:39h, 08 January

          Yeah, Greg is a fantastic guy. Spent almost 2 hours on the phone with him talking about Vega systems, both Cetec and Schaffer, and he was detailing how they work. He’s also trying to get into contact with John Nady to see if he I can get help with my Nasty Cordless Pro 400 (the system Van Halen used back in the day!). Hell he spent a lot of time explaining the problems I was having with the Nasty and how I could approach doing it myself.

          Very smart, very funny person. I just wish I could absorb all the information he tells in one run! 😀

          • avatar
            MisterScary
            Posted at 19:23h, 08 January

            I’m glad to see that people are going to Greg for their Vega needs. :-) I found him a couple of years ago after buying a pair of Cetec Vega R42s. At the time, the Rx didn’t match the Tx frequencies. He was able to get everything paired as well as replace some parts (lights, antennas, etc.). Since then, he’s worked on at least a dozen different Vega Rx and Tx for me! He’s incredibly knowledgeable, and like you’ve all said, a pleasure to talk with. :-)

            • avatar
              Spellbound
              Posted at 03:45h, 17 January

              I’m glad you directed me to him. I plan on sending my R42 in very soon also! 😀

            • avatar
              ar2619Rob
              Posted at 16:06h, 01 March

              I agree. I bought my R42 from Jim (MisterScary) a year ago and it works really well.

              • avatar
                Spellbound
                Posted at 23:46h, 02 March

                Haven’t got mine up and running yet. I almost bought a transmitter for it on eBay, but both listings ended and neither seller will reply to me…

                Though, on the brighter side, I just got my Vega Pro 58 that Jim sold me working! It’s fantastic! 😀 Just need to ditch these horrible Dimarzio pick ups in my Gretsch…

    • avatar
      Dries
      Posted at 21:21h, 27 February

      David,

      Got some questions, Please can you contact me?
      pottevijn_d (at) hotmail(dot)com

  • avatar
    seanmckinney90
    Posted at 04:12h, 17 December

    how much do you think The Schaffer replica will cost all together?

  • avatar
    depuis1899
    Posted at 21:03h, 09 December

    Guys, sorry for asking, but I want that damn thing so badly haha, any small news on the development :) ?

    • avatar
      Spellbound
      Posted at 05:00h, 10 December

      Or pictures of the final product? 😀

      • avatar
        banane
        Posted at 08:17h, 10 December

        I’ll see if I can arrange some photos of what we have at the moment. Basically, we don’t want to show things that are only halfways done or would lead to misunderstandings.
        For example, we have a case prototype, for our tech to match the PCB fittings which is made of blank metal.
        Final form is already there, final color isn’t.

        • avatar
          Spellbound
          Posted at 12:00h, 10 December

          Ah, I see. :)

          I wonder if the blank metal version will look as cool as the Plexiglass did… 😀

          • avatar
            banane
            Posted at 12:44h, 10 December

            Rather not :) It’s just a sample with even rusty spots, made only for taking measures.

            • avatar
              depuis1899
              Posted at 18:44h, 10 December

              Sounds nice hehehe

            • avatar
              Spellbound
              Posted at 01:46h, 11 December

              With those rusty spots on it, you could nickname it “The Schaffer Relic”. 😛

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 08:13h, 10 December

      At the moment, our Tech Markus is partially redoing the main PCB layout of the Gold Tag version because the holes for attaching it on the case bottom don’t fit as planned. He has to move the holes on the PCB which means parts must be rearranged.

      But on the positive side, the schematics for the pedal version is done. Next step here is to make the layouts.

      • avatar
        Spellbound
        Posted at 04:11h, 13 December

        Man… It must sting having to go back and readjust things when you guys are so close to release.

        Hopefully he manages to find an easy solution!

  • avatar
    Johnny
    Posted at 22:39h, 05 December

    ac dc river plate on the screen in the background?? LOL

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 22:51h, 05 December

      No, I have photos from their last concerts in Austra as background :)

      • avatar
        Johnny
        Posted at 22:57h, 05 December

        awesome did u see them on the bi tour franz??

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 23:11h, 05 December

          Yes, visited 2 gigs, in Vienna and Wels. Both were awesome. Almost 100k people in Wels. Was a giant party.

          • avatar
            Johnny
            Posted at 23:26h, 05 December

            awesome franz :), what did you think of angus’s tone??

            • avatar
              banane
              Posted at 23:47h, 05 December

              During that gigs? Didnt care so much, because I didnt play guitar back then ans just wanted to have fun. Was so close to Angus and Brian that I could have reached over to them if the security would have allowed me to do so :)

              • avatar
                Ant
                Posted at 21:29h, 18 January

                Wow i missed the bi tour :(

                • avatar
                  Johnny
                  Posted at 23:41h, 18 January

                  you missed an awesome tour man 😉

                  • avatar
                    Ant
                    Posted at 17:54h, 19 January

                    Sh”t lol

                    I will catch them the next time round :)

  • avatar
    Michael
    Posted at 16:57h, 28 November

    just checked your youtube account and saw the new svds videos, the new sound is awsome. Was Malcolm also using the svds back then?

    • avatar
      Ant
      Posted at 14:07h, 29 November

      the 2203 blew my mind :)

    • avatar
      JaiminhoPagina
      Posted at 23:53h, 01 December

      As far as I know, Malcolm didn’t use the SVDS. At least based on old photos, I can say he used a regular cable most of the time. For two reasons, I believe: he didn’t move on stage and also because the SVDS was way too expensive. I guess they could barely afford only one, let alone two of them.

    • avatar
      currentpeak
      Posted at 00:53h, 02 December

      I remember reading one interview where Malcolm mentioned, that when they started using wireless, the fans accused them of playing on playback. So they came to those fans and challenged them to try for themselves (showed them guitars so they could play the strings).

      It could well be a good story for media (most of the artists make up things in interviews), or maybe there was a period when not only Angus, but also Malcolm and Cliff were using/testing wireless.

      However I don’t think he has ever used it in the studio.

      • avatar
        JaiminhoPagina
        Posted at 03:10h, 02 December

        Yes. Sometime by the early 80s, if I’m not mistaken, everyone on the band was using wireless units. But at least during the 70s Malcolm didn’t use any, I think.

      • avatar
        Spellbound
        Posted at 04:55h, 05 December

        Like Jaiminho said, the band was all using wireless gear in the early 80s (about ’83ish). In my opinion Mal looked like he was using a HME wireless system at the time (from what I could make out of the pictures)

        He did periodically go back and forth between cable and wireless. If you look at some pictures of him gigging in ’88 with his Jaydee Gretsch, you can see the cable run to the back of the stage. A roadie in 2008 confirmed Mal usually went back to cables because they all colored his tone, until he started using Lectrosonics of course..

        Now, in regards to Mal using a SVDS… I asked Fil about a picture I took of the Donington DVD, because if you get a good look at the TX on Mal’s strap, it looks a little too “rounded” to be an HME/Tele transmitter… It looks very much like a T-77! Fil says it could’ve been another system, but to me, Mal’s tone seems like it has a special “something” to it (if you listen to the VHS version of the gig, NOT THE DVD!!).

        • avatar
          Ant
          Posted at 20:31h, 05 December

          My jaw would drop off if mal used the svds at donnington 😛

          • avatar
            Spellbound
            Posted at 20:38h, 05 December

            Here’s a picture of the transmitter on Mal.

            http://i.ytimg.com/vi/tCVo0kkxi_Q/0.jpg

            I’ll look for better pics.

            • avatar
              Ant
              Posted at 20:48h, 05 December

              Look for the anteni also that would be a givaway :)

              • avatar
                Spellbound
                Posted at 21:58h, 05 December

                I’ve been trying to look for pictures that are close enough. Can’t find any, but it does seem like he’s using the cabley-antenna things. I know for a fact Ang’s TX has it, but still not sure of Mal’s.

  • avatar
    Spellbound
    Posted at 12:37h, 28 November

    Man, it’s really hard to come back and keep looking at these and be able to wait to see what they’ll look like on the final product. 😛

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    SoloBakersfield
    Posted at 23:06h, 26 November

    I have question me and my rythme player have 2204s but mine is a 78 his is a 79- 80 both are JMPs they look close but are different, looks like marshall used different material and sizes

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    Angusrocks101
    Posted at 22:22h, 25 November

    Should I get the Gibson SG Standard or the Gibson Angus Young Signature?

    • avatar
      Dries
      Posted at 23:06h, 25 November

      None of those two. I really don’t like the new Sg’s.
      If you want an SG in that price class, or if you have a little bit extra money to spend, go for vintage. Some 90’s SG’s play great, and much better than a new one.

      Just my 2c 😉

      • avatar
        Angusrocks101
        Posted at 23:28h, 25 November

        So the 90s SGswould be good? What pickups did they use then?

        • avatar
          Dries
          Posted at 23:38h, 25 November

          That varies. Replace them with Ttops or so, would be a great guitar.

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          Dries
          Posted at 23:39h, 25 November

          Btw some mid and late 70’s SG’s go also for a low price. they are a bit different than the 60’s and early 70’s though. But still great guitars.

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          Angusrocks101
          Posted at 23:45h, 25 November

          Are u sure the Angus Sig isn’t very good bc I’ve heard really good things about it. Really nothing negative. But I have heard negative about the new SG standards. Im not getting a new standard but possibly the angus sig. I think it would play great I mean have u played one?

          • avatar
            Dries
            Posted at 23:56h, 25 November

            Angus sig, the old one or the new one? If you mean the angus SG standard, don’t do, it’s just a regular standard.

            • avatar
              Angusrocks101
              Posted at 00:00h, 26 November

              It’s the one with the lightning bolt inlays and an angus sig pickup

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                Angusrocks101
                Posted at 00:07h, 26 November

                I found a 1971 walnut SG for 2000 would it be good?

                • avatar
                  dash8311
                  Posted at 00:28h, 26 November

                  You’d have to play it, honestly.

                  If I could suggest a Gibson Custom Shop SG with VOS, ’61 reissue. They come PLEK’d and are great players. You can get a used one, 2006 and newer, for around $1800-2200. eBay etc. Tremolo or fixed stop.

                  I put an AY Sig bridge pickup in mine and it’s great. No thunderbolt inlays, but will nicer to play and be a higher quality guitar compared to the Gibson USA AY SG.

                  Just my thoughts.

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                    Angusrocks101
                    Posted at 00:42h, 26 November

                    What about a 2006 SG VOS with the maestro tailpiece?

                    • avatar
                      dash8311
                      Posted at 00:48h, 26 November

                      Yes that’s what I meant, maestro/trem, same difference :-)

                    • avatar
                      Angusrocks101
                      Posted at 00:50h, 26 November

                      Ok so should I get either the 61 reissue or the AY signature new.

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                      Angusrocks101
                      Posted at 00:51h, 26 November

                      Oh okay so that’s the one I should get?

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                      dash8311
                      Posted at 03:33h, 27 November

                      As I said in my previous post, I don’t think a Gibson USA Angus Signature guitar will be as high a quality as the Gibson Custom Shop SGs.

                      Just my humble opinion. Play both and decide, that’s the ultimate decider: not if it has thunderbolt inlays :-)

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                      Spellbound
                      Posted at 11:58h, 27 November

                      If you guys don’t mind me chiming in, I’ve heard horror stories about Gibson Custom Shop as of recent. Honestly I’d be very, very weary of buying any Gibson (Custom shop or not) since it’s known that there is very little to none QA.

                      I would totally snag that ’71 if I could. 😀

  • avatar
    Spellbound
    Posted at 22:33h, 24 November

    I can’t wait until I have my own knobs to fiddle with. 😉

  • avatar
    Ant
    Posted at 14:24h, 24 November

    Looking at the pics i think which ones will i get lol

    Making great progress guys :) great stuff

  • avatar
    depuis1899
    Posted at 08:19h, 24 November

    Sexiest knobs I’ve ever seen haha :)

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 12:48h, 24 November

      Same here. But for real. Can’t get enough of these knobs! We will eat with these knobs, sleep with these knobs, brush our teeth with these knobs 😆

      • avatar
        al_john
        Posted at 23:27h, 24 November

        I would say you should refrain from putting knobs in your mouth as you don’t know where they have been;)

  • avatar
    dash8311
    Posted at 20:02h, 23 November

    Any pics of prototype metal cases?

    Or stickers? lol

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 20:05h, 23 November

      Maybe soon. The only prototype case we have for now is at our tech Markus now, for last PCB adjustments (placement of fitting holes). Maybe he can take a few nice photos for us. Will ask.

      • avatar
        dash8311
        Posted at 20:06h, 23 November

        Thanks Franz! I think Fil has some video incoming so that will ‘feed the need’ for TSR info for today :)

        …well, the morning at least! Have a good day Franz

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    dash8311
    Posted at 19:55h, 23 November

    lol 😀

  • avatar
    banane
    Posted at 19:50h, 23 November

    Just a little update on our progress. Nice knobs, eh? :)

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