Franz, Fil & The Schaffer-Vega Diversity News

03 Mar Franz, Fil & The Schaffer-Vega Diversity News

Sounds like the name of a band, really (Huey Lewis & The news, for example) but no, not really.

Listen to (and watch) this, and rejoyce, you people of the Schaffer-Vega Diversity Union!

Some updates and Goodies inside.




Franz & Fil (i.e., your SoloDallas.com Staff)


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Technical note. the Marshall 1959 used here had the following settings:


Presence: 0

Bass: 6

Mids: 4-5

Treble: 6

Volume: 7


That is, typical Angus Young settings.

The attenuator was still used, but less i.e., the amplifier loudness was definitely higher, finally breaking up a bit more the speakers (Speakers used were original 1979 G12-65s).

Microphones used were one vintage Neumann U67 and one vintage Neumann U87. L

A little reverb was added in post, as well as very mild equalization (some very mild mid-scooping on HMF and LMF, nothing else).

The guitar is a 1969 Gibson SG Custom, with a new, Angus Young signature bridge humbucker.


NO whatsoever gate was used. Nothing. What comes through the microphones is what you hear. Basically, no hiss on this unit.Β 

Out of the three, working SVDS units we have, this is definitely the best sounding one, in terms of almost not audible hiss. Almost not there! What you hear is what it is.Β 



Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri

We Are Rock 'N Roll People.

  • avatar
    Posted at 08:08h, 20 June

    Are you going to do an article for the Shoot to Thrill cover Fil?

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      Posted at 11:12h, 20 June

      Yes, there will be an article, its just that Fil was busy after making the video, so he just put it on youtube.

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    rockn roll man
    Posted at 18:29h, 18 June

    What are the differences (in the sound) between the retro output and the front output of the EX63 receiver?

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      Posted at 23:12h, 18 June

      Retro? the rear output? The front output can be boosted much more. But has also more hiss.
      Is it you who buyed the pro 58 system?

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    Posted at 23:33h, 16 June

    Im always amazed when I see that little room of magic… the guitars, the amps, the music, everything. Just awesome.

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    Posted at 19:53h, 16 April

    Any updates for your eager followers Fil? πŸ˜€

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      Posted at 22:19h, 16 April

      Will meet our tech at Wednesday again and eventually give green lights for the next step. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 01:02h, 24 March

    Hey guys, I have an ART project series preamp here, and I’m not sure how to get it setup with the guitar and amp. Can anyone help me with this signal flow dilemma? Help would be very much appreciated.

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    Posted at 12:50h, 19 March

    What do you think the hiss is down to on your SVDS’s?

    could be the power pack they use or grounding issues

    will the 2nd version (stomp box) will that be optional battery operated?

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      Posted at 14:59h, 19 March

      Hiss is mainly fixed as far as I know. A bit of hiss is usual anyway.

      The stomp box will need a power supply very likely, due to the high power consupmtion of the compressor/boost combination.

      For example, a 9V battery in the SVDS transmitter lasts for about 8 hours of playing: Of course the Replica don’t send/receive radio, so this don’t consume any power, but since it’s basically 3 single pedals in one, a bettery won’t last long.

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    Posted at 04:13h, 19 March

    Fil and Franz… I REALLY can’t wait to see/hear/try/own the finished product man! Cheers to you two and everyone else for all your hard work and dedication to making this happen. A lot of people are gonna be REALLY happy with this! πŸ˜€

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      Posted at 15:22h, 19 March

      Thank you, mate! πŸ™‚
      Yes, it’s getting further, slowly, but continuous. It’s unbelieveable what you have to care about when building such a device.

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        Posted at 15:30h, 19 March

        I have no doubts! πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 22:34h, 18 March

    Hey Fil, do you think placing a hum eliminator such as the MXR Smart Gate Noise Gate (which also eliminates hiss, for example) between the SVDS and amp would effectively reduce the hiss from the SVDS? Or, maybe the pedal could be placed between the amp/attenuator and the cab?

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      Posted at 22:36h, 18 March

      I think it would definitely work with the original SVDS (for me, that is) but the replica likely won’t need it, as hiss will be highly reduced (and NO FM transmission naturally). Let’s wait and see, we’re awaiting for the new prototypes in a few days. Will keep you updated πŸ™‚

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        Posted at 03:42h, 19 March

        That sounds great. Thanks for the reply. πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 19:52h, 18 March

    Will the ”Black Vega” also work on typhical bass amps made by Marshall such as the Super Bass amps?

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      Posted at 20:05h, 18 March

      It will work on ANY amp of any kind, including a radio amp!
      It will work on anything than can amplify a guitar or a microphone, really. YES.

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      Posted at 20:06h, 18 March

      Hey buddy πŸ™‚

      Well…. Why wouldn’t it? πŸ˜›
      Super Leads and Super Basses are not that different anyway.

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        Posted at 21:51h, 18 March

        Well didn’t knew if there was so much difference, but good to hear πŸ™‚

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    Andrea Sg
    Posted at 02:07h, 16 March

    that sound remind me the concert ,” rocks to college” (I forget the correct title) , really it’s right the same !
    probably without attenuator and volume at 8 and try to take a trackrec on the original sound… it’s going to be hard know who is who A or F πŸ˜‰

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    Posted at 13:35h, 12 March

    which one of these guitars is your security blanket??!! XD ;P

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    Posted at 00:05h, 12 March

    Looking forward to getting my hands on one. Fil, you should try to get one of these to Angus himself. Perhaps you could send one to Rick St. Pierre to pass along to him. You never know but Angus may like it enough to endorse it and use it. The first Angus Young endorsed boost. You never know. I do think that your members should get a signed certificate or something from you. Like the first run of 100 units be personally signed by you. Just a couple ideas. Keep up the good work friend!

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    Posted at 15:02h, 11 March

    This SG custom had a black pickguard right?
    I think this is one of the guitar that you used for the aracom series of vids

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    Posted at 20:32h, 08 March

    just got chance to sit down and catch up, been peeping at the site for a while now and seeing stuff happen with eager eyes

    great video guys full of joy and love πŸ™‚

    awsome tone, Franz you must of felt great standing next Fil while he rips out those rifs πŸ˜€

    Great stuff guys! now reading the next artical lol

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