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post #31 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-08-2006, 02:59 AM
 
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Re: OLP Worth Upgrading?

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believe it or not, I had a OLP and it was a damn good guitar, we did a blindfold test on feel with my OLP and a friends Axis and 2 out of the 4 guessed wrong and one was the owner of the Axis LOL..
that is hard to believe. the neck of the olp doesn't sound or feel close to the axis. almost impossible for me to mistake one for the other if I was playing it. the neck of the axis is assymetricaly shaped and has a wax finish. the OLP is just like any standard neck. the pickups of the two guitars are also very very different.. the axis pickups are top-notch dimarzio. the OLP pickups sound ok , but nothing great.

I tried the OLP many times and I think it sucks. just my 0.02. I'd rather go with a wolfgang special EXP.
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post #32 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-08-2006, 08:40 AM
 
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Re: OLP Worth Upgrading?

they werent plugged in and both were in a music store..

you would be surprised how many people can be fooled when blindfolded even with there own guitar. I know alot of you have 10+ guitars and I betcha most dont even get touched as much as others. So they feel would be off. Especially when your in the hot seat.

Try it one day take a precious ibanez versus a stock inexpensive ibanez. Both need to be in mint shape and have the same setups. You would be surprised how much people really dont know there instruments. Especially if its not your main axe.
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post #33 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-08-2006, 10:10 AM
 
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Re: OLP Worth Upgrading?

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Here's some of it right now. We (okay, Frank Falbo did all of this for me) did do a slight recess underneath the trem to keep it from digging into the body (see 4th pic). Somewhere I have the before and after shots of that and the neck pocket fix. But, here's what it is now. I think the neck pickup is an Air Norton, and the bridge pickup is a hybrid that Frank made from 2 different Dimarzios, I forget from what, though. I think it was a Super D and something else, but I could be wrong about that. He changed the poles so they'd match the original screw/slug pattern, too. That pickup rips!

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...0MM1%20Modded/
Nice job Frank .

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post #34 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-08-2006, 11:14 AM
 
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Re: OLP Worth Upgrading?

Check out this site;

http://www.eddievanhalen.com/evh/ind...topic&t=679389

There are alot of guys modding OLP's on here, and most of them look pretty sweet. I've got a Peavey Wolfgang myself but after checking out some of these I'm thinking of starting a little project of my own with an OLP...
As for the price vs quality debate, a good guitar is a good guitar man, regardless of the price. If I had a pound for everytime I played a sub £300 guitar and was blown away then I'd be a rich man...
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post #35 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-08-2006, 11:22 AM
 
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Re: OLP Worth Upgrading?

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So here's the dilema...

My friend who is an avid guitar player, is head over heels in love with my ernie ball axis sport (as any sane person should be), but he is low on cash. The question is could he buy an olp, do a pickup swap and have a good sounding guitar. Maybe change the saddles to string savers and change the tuning pegs also. I know you cannot compare these two guitars but i'm just curious if he could get an ok guitar out of an olp if he put some work into it?
In response to the original post, yes, you can get one and make a decent guitar out of it. Figure you can usually get on on evilbay for about $120 including shipping (you just have to be patient), then spend about $80 on the Dimarzios or whatever pickups make you happy (if you can't get Diamrzios on evilbay for as cheap as $40, you're not looking) and about another $80 or so on the Floyd (Schallers are usually a little cheaper even). So, now you're around $300 for that guitar plus some more for routing the locking nut if you can't do it yourself, and if he really loves the look, then I think it's well worth it. Plus, you can go back on evilbay and sell the original pickups for like $25 for the pair and recoup some of your expenditures. Or, I think OLP even makes them with floyd types on there now, so all of that could already be done for you, but I think those run about $250 or so. So, then add your Dimarzios, and you're still at under $350.

So, if the guy is limited on cash right now, and really likes the guitar, I say do it, then later down the road when he can get a real Axis or EVH, then go for it and keep the OLP around as a 2nd or to beat the cat or whatever. The way we did mine, you could do that throwing $50 or $100 at it here and there, and not even feel like you've spent $300 on it. Is it the same as getting a nice 1987-91 Radius or Sabre or RG for under $350 (which are getting rarer and rarer at that price), hell no, but if the guy likes the look, then it's a great way to go.
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post #36 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-08-2006, 02:58 PM
 
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Re: OLP Worth Upgrading?

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Here's some of it right now. We (okay, Frank Falbo did all of this for me) did do a slight recess underneath the trem to keep it from digging into the body (see 4th pic). Somewhere I have the before and after shots of that and the neck pocket fix. But, here's what it is now. I think the neck pickup is an Air Norton, and the bridge pickup is a hybrid that Frank made from 2 different Dimarzios, I forget from what, though. I think it was a Super D and something else, but I could be wrong about that. He changed the poles so they'd match the original screw/slug pattern, too. That pickup rips!

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...0MM1%20Modded/
I added some pics of the neck pocket mod. They are (in order, I think), a shot of the bass and treble sides with the action as low as it would physically go before modding. Then, a couple of the pocket before, then one of the first cut, then one of the pocket afterward. The next 2 show the "new" lowest possible action, much improved.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...0MM1%20Modded/

Of course, you could just use a shim for this, too...
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post #37 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-10-2006, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: OLP Worth Upgrading?

Anybody know if the licensed floyd route on the new olps match an original or schaller?
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post #38 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-10-2006, 01:47 PM
 
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Re: OLP Worth Upgrading?

Are the OLP made by mucis man? If so you couldnt go wrong, i got a SUB and its great.
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