The Snowstorm SG - Finished! (for now - read on...)
Proud does not even begin to sum this up. I've used the super cheap, original Alpha 500k pots for the wiring, and the original caps (though I've no idea what they are). However... It sounds fabulous. I'm warning you - I'm going to sound like I'm sponsored at the end of this post, but I assure you, I'm not!
Anyways, a picture:
[IMG]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8182/8...711df439_z.jpg IMAG0327 by Paul has some old cameras, on Flickr[/IMG]
I know, I know... technically, the neck has not been done and remains red on the back, and the headstock is still black. When I've got a week or two off work (lol) I'll strip the headstock and swirl that. However, for the time being, I LOVE this. The bridge tone pot is not working (a fault in my soldering, or a broken pot - something I might look into fixing tomorrow). Also, the pickups are screwed directly in, rather than spring mounted, because of the spacings from the previous pickups (which were smaller). This doesn't matter though - after much trial and error, I got them to an acceptable height. The bridge pickup is mounted closer to the strings so I can get a reasonable boost when going from the neck.
It sounds stunning. No, really. It sounds stunning. One more time? Okay then. IT SOUNDS STUNNING. Remember, the neck has not got a wonderful bolt on fit (like an Ibanez Wizard), it's just a functional one that isn't perfect. The woods are cheap, and laminated besides. It looks like a cheap Mahogany styled wood. The acoustic sound is still quite dull, despite having a MUCH thinner finish (though it is still a very slight improvement). The Warman HBP90's, however, manage to lift this guitar. They have plenty enough output - after a direct comparison with a bridge mounted Duncan Custom SH-5, it has less than the humbucker, but more than the split humbucker. Yum.
The neck pickup, though mounted lower and having a lower output anyway, still has enough output to get a chimey clean tone, and maintains clarity when some filth is added (even with the Route 66 maxed out). These pickups were 25 quid, but they sound fabulous! The looks are an acquired taste, perhaps, but they have other options should you require them (for a whopping 30 - 40 quid). My ones are matt black with a chrome surround, which is not too clear... Apologies.
[IMG]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8313/8...849e419a_z.jpg IMAG0328 by Paul has some old cameras, on Flickr[/IMG]
The biggest thing that suggests these pickups are of good quality, however, is that noise. Or lack of it. They're not silent, but I've used strats with MUCH more hiss and hum than this, and my cavities (oo la la) have not been copper shielded or anything. Warman claim it's the use of a ceramic magnet. I don't care - they sound good, and even when used with a drive pedal, they don't hiss to complete mayhem.
So, all in all, the project has been a massive success! The strings have been raised a lot, so the action is much more suited to choppy, muted, funky stuff and hard hitting leads, rather than fluid playing, but that helps with those choppy chords and single note lines.
I'll update as to whether I get the bridge tone control working. I also might, in future weeks, replace the pots and wiring with new (these are old, dirty, messy, dry...)