THE SCHAFFER REPLICA

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  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    You guys know about this preamp (from a wireless circuit, of all things)?


    If you find the Andertons too long and gabby, like I often do, here's Pete Thorn


    I think it's interesting. I know for sure those EP and Roland space echo preamp circuits were a "happy accident" that ended up being a huge part of lots of great guitar tones
     
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    68tele Friend of Leo's

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    Kool stuff! Would love to try that pedal.
     
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    Me too. Unfortunately the original versions are over a grand.
    This version is "only" 2 franklins though
     
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    Yeah, I have an older friend that plays Angus in an AC/DC tribute band. He has one. He had amazing tone without it, but it definitely brings something different to the table.
     
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    Interesting, I wonder if there is a schematic out there. Wonder what is going on in the circuit.

    It reminds me of a story about Tichie Blackmore running his guitar through an old reel to reel preamp or something.
     
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    Interesting story, but the Anderton’s video is quite conclusive to my ears: I can hear the effect of a gentle boost on a saturated Marshall , and that’s all. But I guess that it is supposed to be that way, and it doesn’t harm the tone. My other guess is that it’s difficult to hear any subtle effect through a cranked Marshall (and through Youtube :lol:).

    Certainly a very a nice addition to to the kit for the AC/DC lovers. A bit expensive.

    There is a guy on eBay that is selling diy kits for an Echoplex inspired preamp, that’s 5 times cheaper, and you get a point-to-point handwired pedal. That’s what I’m going to buy. :)
     
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    I think he did. When I saw him a couple of years ago there was a reel to reel on top of his amp, wether it was plugged in to anything I’d have loved to have known.
     
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    Aion Electronics just released their project for the Solo Dallas Storm (the latest version of the S-V style pedal). I've been interested in this circuit since the remake came out a couple years ago but was way out of my price range. The schematic of the pedal shows an optical comp with a 4558 dual opamp and output from an LM386. I don't see any odd parts values, I may have everything I need except a vactrol and a few Schottky diodes plus the board.
     
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    Yep, gotta love it, as Angus has probably always considered himself to be a "plug straight into amp" guy, and yet the article says:

    Asked what special effects he used, Angus answered, 'I don't use any… I only use a Schaffer Vega wireless.'

    ...It's the kind of thing I've always kept in the back of my mind, as I've seen even old footage of AC/DC live with Bon Scott, and Angus was using the wireless unit.

    So that's a minimum of three players who have tone that can't really be exactly replicated w/o something in front of the amp - Angus, Frank Zappa, and Ritchie Blackmore. It's the last guy who really got me wound up on how much guts single coil Fender guitars are actually capable of, for rock sounds, with a little bit of solid state assistance...

    Anyway, Angus is just a great player as it is, but I have no doubts that the wireless gizmo really helps to just squeeze every last bit out of every single note.
     
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    But did he use a wireless in the studio?
     
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    Yes, apparently he did, as the article points out. Quote from article:

    That got Fil and his contributors to speculate, 'Why would anybody use a wireless in the studio when he is only a few feet away from the amp?'
     
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    I can remember following Fil developing this unit back in 2013 or whenever it was.
    It was cool to see him hang with Angus when he had started selling them.
    He was and probably still is a member over at MLP forum. He also has his own website with more details on gear etc.

    https://solodallas.com/

     
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    I'll be building this over the winter, looking forward to hearing what it does, as I'm a bit of a boost nut. My current favorite boost is the Fulltone 2B which includes a limiter, as does the SD Storm. PCB on the way :cool:
     
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