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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:30 am 
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All I want is a schematic or wiring diagram showing how Zappa had this guitar wired:
http://www.guitarplayertv.com/?channel=dweezil&videofile=dweezil/dweezilsnakes
There's that Midget Sloatman quote floating around where he talks about the semi-parametric preamp with resonant Q's and about how it was installed in most of his guitars ever since Frank started sing it. If anyone has that I'd be elated too.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:43 am 
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Don't know about the SG .... here's the Les Paul wiring :

Frank Zappa: The Les Paul has a pre-amp and it has two different kinds of pickups, and it has a Dan Armstrong pickup in the neck position and it has a Carvin pickup in the bridge position. It has a Dan Armstrong gizmo called The Green Ringer built into it, which I can dial in. It also has an EQ circuit which in one position gives you about an 8db boost at 8-K and the other position gives you an 8db boost at 500 cycles, so you can either go from a bright sound to a more mid-rangery wah-wah kind of sound, all built into the guitar. And then it has a pickup selector switch that has nine positions. It changes the wiring between the pickups in a lot of differtent ways, so it's got a lot of tonal variation. I can make it sound just like a Telecaster if I want. Unfortunately, in that position it's not humbucking and under the lights it makes a lot of noise but in the studio it's usually okay. And then there's a little toggle switch on it that goes from series to parallel on the pickups and depending on where the pickup selector switch is set that gives you yet another whole series of variations. And so, I have eighteen time three different tone selections on that guitar.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 12:45 pm 
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Cloud10 wrote:
All I want is a schematic or wiring diagram showing how Zappa had this guitar wired:
http://www.guitarplayertv.com/?channel=dweezil&videofile=dweezil/dweezilsnakes
There's that Midget Sloatman quote floating around where he talks about the semi-parametric preamp with resonant Q's and about how it was installed in most of his guitars ever since Frank started sing it. If anyone has that I'd be elated too.


Thanks for putting up that link. Dweezil's demo of the SG is great. That SG is 18db louder than the stock SG he played. Christ!


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:17 am 
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Cloud10 wrote:
All I want is a schematic or wiring diagram showing how Zappa had this guitar wired:
http://www.guitarplayertv.com/?channel=dweezil&videofile=dweezil/dweezilsnakes
There's that Midget Sloatman quote floating around where he talks about the semi-parametric preamp with resonant Q's and about how it was installed in most of his guitars ever since Frank started sing it. If anyone has that I'd be elated too.


One could spend weeks even months learning all the different ways to use that preamp. I have looked for a long time to find the schematic for it and have had no luck. If you find it please email me @ thebigred67@yahoo.com thanks, Tate


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