Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Lenox, IL-USA
A tale of two Guitars
The tail begins in the year 2000 when I bought my, '90 UCGR "Screaming Eagle". It came to me in excellent condition with a Dimarzio Mega-drive in the bridge position, and a PAF pro in the neck. It has a coil tap (mini DPDT) and a three-way blade switch. The Mega Drive was very hot, but it was dry and thin sounding. It had no real presence to it. The PAF sounded nice, but lacked clarity for soloing. I decided that this guitar was going to be a player. (I'm not really into owning a GREAT guitar and keeping it in a closet or under a bed.) Without saying, the guitar needed some electronics. That is where my quest, and headaches started.
I play through a 1993 Gallien-Krueger 2100sel head (stereo 100w) with a G-K 412 loaded with 2 vintage 30's and 2 G12t75's. I have an ART 31 band EQ in the FX loop that I have set to +12Db boost with the mids scooped @1k. I don't use any pedals because the GK has built in stereo chorus and reverb, both of which are fully adjustable and switchable. I hope this gives a decent account of my rig.
I tried a LOT of dimarzio's (X2N, Super Distortion, EVO's, PAF Joe, FRED, Tone Zone) and after several years ended up with the Tone Zone in the bridge, and an EVO 2 in the neck. I used 500k CTS pots, a CRL 3-way, a DPDT switch for coil tap, and an "orange drop".047 capacitor. The tone I get now is AMAZING!!!! Its full and edgy with a ton of presence. I get decent sustain and beautiful harmonics.
I recently bought an RGT3120 that was loaded with the TZ/AN combo. I bought this guitar thinking that I could get basically the same tone as my UCGR, but a little thicker/warmer tone and better sustain (because of the thicker thru-neck and mahogany body).
There is NOTHING in common between these two guitars!!!! the tones are worlds apart!!!! While the USA is just too good to describe, The RGT sounds absolutely HORRIBLE!!! It's weak, nasally (is that a word??) and completely unacceptable. In short- I hate it. I used the same parts basically. The only differences are that I use a .068 mfd cap and push/pull for the coil tap. I would NEVER have though two TZ's could sound soooo different. When I bought the guitar, the original owner included the original PAF's, but I'm reluctant to use them as they are even lower output than what I have. BTW.... The Air norton has the best clean sound I've ever heard, but its weak and in no way cuts through when soloing with the gain channel.
I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas to help this guitar (and me) out. My best friend plays a Jackson SL1 and a VWH (he also has an '82 Dean Z with a mahogany body and flamed maple top, It's F#@*in' awesome). I was over there Thursday night comparing my RGT to his SL1. We were playing through my other rig, which is a B-52 AT100 head with a Genz-Benz G-flex 412 cab, and the same ART 31-band in the loop. With this setup his SL1 ( duncan TB-4 bridge) can literally tear your face off with the mids and highs and rattle your nuts loose on the bottom end. It has so much presence and sustain. Its just plain HUGE tone wise. In my mind, this RGT should be able to compete toe-to-toe with his Jackson if given the right electronics. Am I correct? Or is this "nasally" "Quacky" tone just inherent to my guitar?
I'd truly appreciate ANY and all thoughts, ideas, or ramblings on this. As a side note, I bought an RGT42DX FMDR in 2003 that I did the same identical wiring as the USA, and use a FRED in the bridge, and a PAF joe in the neck. That guitar was the most beautiful sounding thing I've ever had. I really, REALLY regret selling that one. (GUYVERALDRACULA.....wherever you are, I hope your still playing that one and enjoying it!!!) That RGT sounded WORLDS better than this prestige RGT.
Thanks in advance
Last edited by RGTFanatic; 10-26-2010 at 05:58 PM.