In pursuit of maximalist tone, a guitarist bestows his favorite S-shaped guitar body with three versatile pickups, ’50s wiring, and two toggles to help him do it all.
Name: Bruce CauthenLocation: Charlottesville, Virginia
Guitar: Peavey Predator
I’ve spent the last 10 years chasing tone, learning how guitars work, and trying to discover what works best for me. You name it; I’ve tried it. Nothing could do everything I wanted, so I decided to build my own guitar.
I started with a late-’80s (or early-’90s) Peavey Predator. This S-style guitar isn’t special, but it has a fantastic neck: smallish C profile and wide, low frets. The pickups and wiring are the best part. I installed a single-coil pickup in the neck, which gives me great glassy cleans (almost acoustic) and a wonderful overdriven sound when pushed. I love Tele bridge pickups, but the music I play doesn’t require a lot of twang, so I went with a P-90 in the bridge. By itself, it can generate Green Day snarl and thick, bluesy leads. To fill out the pickguard, I installed a Duncan ’59 in the middle. But wait, there’s more!
A Telecaster 4-way switch controls the neck and bridge pickups, which allows me to select the P-90 alone, the P-90 and single-coil in (hum-cancelling) parallel, the single-coil alone, or the P-90 and single-coil in series (a really thick sound). The mini toggle switch between the volume and tone controls works like a 3-way switch on a Gibson. I can select the signal from the 4-way switch, from the humbucker, or from both (which yields a pretty good “quack” when I need it). The Duncan ’59 is a great pickup and has more treble than the P-90/single-coil series sound.
Finally, I used ’50s wiring to help me retain treble as I roll down the guitar volume. My current setup is to plug straight into a 5E3 clone (with a couple of mods, of course). I can get a pretty clean sound with the guitar’s volume at 5 and add dirt simply by turning the volume up to 7 or 8.
I know there are purists who will recoil in horror when they read this, but for me, it’s awesome! It’s my No. 1 by a mile because I can get so much out of it. Perhaps others will read about my guitar and consider creating their dream guitar!
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.
The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
With bright and warm golden hues, the new finish adds a brilliant metallic glow to the surface of Lava ME 3, complementing its AirSonic 2 carbon fiber unibody which features L3 Preamp with FreeBoost 2.0, delivers industry-leading sounds by breakthrough acoustic technologies, and houses a multi-touch display powered by Lava-developed HILAVA system.
Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
LAVA ME 3 | Now in Golden Hour | LAVA MUSIC
Lava Me 3 in Golden Hour is now available starting from $999 on LAVA MUSIC, Amazon, and local guitar dealerships near you.
For more information, please visit store.lavamusic.com.