Originally Posted by gkelm
Jeff- I didn't do the change on the S...that Evo was installed previously. Does look cramped in there! When the time comes I may seek help in the Tech are myself.
As for tone wood descriptions, the Anderson site says it well (and seems to jive with my rather limited experience):
BTW, not to complicate things further, didn't HM's have basswood bodies?
Dude, boy am I glad you said something about this (the basswood thing). I just checked out a dude's site dedicated to the HM guitars... sure as hell... the damn thing is a basswood body. SOB! Ok, well this TOTALLY turns my world upside and doesn't jive with the Anderson site now... unless I just don't understand the whole description. Here's what it says about Basswood and Mahogany:
Pronounced bass like the fish. This wood gained popularity in the 80s and for a time was probably the most used wood for locking tremolo guitars. It is very light weight and produces a fairly even and full mid-range response throughout the entire band width. Many people feel it is extremely well matched with humbucking pickups because it produces a lot of the same frequencies that humbuckers easily reproduce. This is not to say that single coil tones aren't great as well. However, true basswood does produce a very pleasing midrange tone.
Mahogany is a wood that became popular primarily being used on 24 3/4" scale length guitars since the 1950s. Its tone is thick and concentrated with a forceful midrange.
Ok, so what I read is Mahogany is "forceful midrange" and Basswood is "even and full midrange". My Mahogany S540 has stock pickups that are equated to the DiMarzio Breed model. My Basswood (thanks again for setting me straight) HM Strat has a Tone Zone in the bridge, HS-3 in the middle and PAF Pro in the neck. The TZ is majorly bass heavy to my ears in this guitar. That being the case, it SEEMS as if the S540 would be absolutely pure MUD if I put the TZ in it. Very confusing since I thought the Basswood plus TZ would be a nice combo, hell it's whaty Petrucci used in his first production models of the JPM's.
So now I am confused as hell as to why they would stick the TZ in the JPMs and other Basswood guitars. Aren't they doomed to be mud city? Now I am questioning putting the Steve's Special in my mahogany S540. Ugh. Damn. My brain hurts.
Thanks for the info, Greg,
Jeff with the brain pain
PS - If you aren't aware of the Megadrive that I plan to put in my HM Strat (crossing fingers), it's VERY similar to the SS in that it has scooped mids, but slightly lower output. Specs are:
SS - 6.5 4.5 7.5 (T,M,B) 390 mV output
Megadrive - 6.0 5.0 7.0 (T,M,B) 350 mV output