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« Reply #15 on: Dec 13th, 2013, 07:44am »

Custom 1-off SLO. Overdrive only. Custom chassis, no loop, no normal channel, no slave. IEC type power cord.

100% pure Soldano overdrive tone.

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« Reply #16 on: Dec 14th, 2013, 02:07am »

Very puristic -- even less controls than an Avenger. Congrats!

Q: Is there the usual treble bypass cap on the preamp volume control?
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 14th, 2013, 8:48pm »

Treble bypass cap is for the "normal" channel on the stock SLO. My amp does not have a "normal" channel thus there is no treble bypass switch. The treble bypass can be added to the "overdrive" channel and is called the "Haynes" mod. I didn't think it was worth having as it's just as easy to adjust the treble & presence controls.
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 15th, 2013, 02:17am »

Nope, the treble bypass cap is standard on the overdrive channel of every contemporary SLO, it is hardwired onto the preamp volume pot (non-switchable), it isn't a mod, and it doesn't have a name either.

The so-called Haynes mod is a little optional switch that allows you to take that standard treble bypass cap out of the circuit. Engaging it removes the cap and therefore reduces the treble. That's why JLB calls it a bright cut switch on his website.

JLB's blue/white SLO is apparently modeled after the first few SLOs ever made, and reportedly these are the only ones that did not have that treble bypass cap as standard in the overdrive channel. Which means that those old ones had the Haynes mod (as we call it today) hardwired into the overdrive channel, which means they sound like the Haynes mod is engaged all the time. I assume that JLB's SLO is made the same way, although he never answered my question directly, he only wrote "overdrive channel is pure".

Contemporary SLOs have the treble bypass cap as standard, if yours has the contemporary overdrive channel, chances are it does have the treble bypass cap.

For the avoidance of doubt -- I did not ask that question to lecture you or anyone, I only wanted to know how you approached that custom build.
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 15th, 2013, 03:08am »

on Dec 13th, 2013, 07:44am, kaseri wrote:
Custom 1-off SLO. Overdrive only. Custom chassis, no loop, no normal channel, no slave. IEC type power cord.

100% pure Soldano overdrive tone.

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Thatīs interesting. Would you mind to elaborate a bit how the whole process worked, e.g. what did you want to "improve" over a stock SLO and why, how long did it take, how the communication with Soldano went etc.?
Besides JLBs blue SLO, I have rarely seen a real custom Soldano with even a custom chassis, so Iīm interested in your experiences.
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« Reply #20 on: Dec 15th, 2013, 10:01pm »

I worked with JLB & Mike/Bill directly. In terms of the actual details of the order, I sent Mike a VERY detailed document complete with photo mock-ups as well as specific instructions for knob placement and drilling of the required holes. We all agreed that any questions or concerns from Soldano should be directed to me rather than through JLB. This would minimize any chance of mistakes.

Is there anything wrong with a stock SLO? No. But it's not what I wanted. I wanted something unique and thats exactly what Mike delivered. It took me a week to create the document. I can't begin to explain how detailed it was. Mike and I spoke many times during the process and he mentioned how clear the document was to follow on a few occasions.

It took longer than anticipated to get the amp due to mistakes in the chassis machining process. Mike is a perfectionist and had the chassis completely remade 3 times before it passed his standards. Mike told me he would not put his name on an amp unless it was perfect. Two of the three so called "mistakes" were things I would have never noticed nor ever seen once the amp was built. But to Mike the chassis was not perfect and thus did not meet his standards. Mike never made excuses and always told me exactly why he was having the chassis remade.

I love the amp and it lives a very nice life in my band mates climate controlled recording studio which we also use as a practice space. It's nice to have a band mate that is also a very successful recording engineer. No musty, dirty rehearsal studios for me any more. smiley
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« Reply #21 on: Dec 15th, 2013, 11:05pm »

Wolf,

My blue/white SLO was not modeled after early models, it IS an early model SLO. Mike pulled out original drawings to make sure it was built exactly like the first 10 and 20. I say that as the first 10 had chrome bells on the trannys, He also used a lot of his own NOS parts such as Cinch pre amp tubes shields etc. as he knew I was sending them to the chrome plating shop. He never did this to any SLO's, mine is the first one to have that done.

The only thing different other than aesthetics is the upgraded circuit board and the fact that it has an effects loop. After the first 100 amps, Mike changed to a better and more durable PC board.

As for the Haynes option. It is a bright cut switch and nothing more. Warren is on the neck pickup a lot and likes a fatter bottom end, so Mikey complied with that request and added that switch years after he launched the SLO in late 86', early 87'. When an SLO gets pushed hard, it opens up and the mids and highs are accented. Warren didn't want that, hence his option. I personally prefer it as this amp cuts through better than any other amp I've ever played or owned, and that's the glory of the SLO.

The only thing MD's single overdrive above doesn't have is the Normal channel bleed over.

Hope this helps.

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« Reply #22 on: Dec 15th, 2013, 11:29pm »

Yeah....what about the headshell I just got and the inside top had black sharpie on most of it instead of the usual black stain.....that pissed me off..... $250 for a f-uped headshell sad
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« Reply #23 on: Dec 16th, 2013, 02:34am »

on Dec 15th, 2013, 11:05pm, JLB wrote:
As for the Haynes option. It is a bright cut switch and nothing more.


Hi Lynn,

thanks for the detailed post. That's exactly what I wrote above, so it seems we are in agreement. For a technical explanation of why there is some brightness to be cut in the SLO's overdrive channel, please refer to my post above.

So, based on your statement that your blue/white SLO is an early model SLO, is it correct to say that yours does not have the treble bypass cap in the overdrive channel?

Thanks in advance,

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« Reply #24 on: Dec 16th, 2013, 8:50pm »

on Dec 13th, 2013, 07:44am, kaseri wrote:
Custom 1-off SLO. Overdrive only. Custom chassis, no loop, no normal channel, no slave. IEC type power cord.

100% pure Soldano overdrive tone.

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Whoa. That's so awesome. Soldano is awesome! Whoa.
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« Reply #25 on: Dec 17th, 2013, 10:08pm »

I realize I'm a total idiot and all; but when someone gets a moment, could they do a quick blurb on how post pictures? I've tried a few times and can't get it to work. I noticed some others are wondering too.

And, by the way: ALL THE PICTURES IN THIS THREAD ARE FUCKING BAD-ASS! Seriously.
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« Reply #26 on: Dec 18th, 2013, 09:55am »

You're no eejit, and there are two easy ways to insert piccies:

- when posting a new message, click on the grey icon (under "add tags") in the second line, the one that looks a little like a tiny painting, and follow instructions,

OR

- "quote" a message with piccies in it, check out how they did it (i.e. look at the codes they used), and do with your picture what they did with theirs. You need three elements (no spaces in between):

(1) [IMG]
(2) insert the actual link to the piccie
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Hope this helps.

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« Reply #27 on: Dec 18th, 2013, 12:51pm »

Wolfgang...your SLO is cool for sure, but if that is really your name, you get the vote for the coolest name ever!
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« Reply #28 on: Dec 18th, 2013, 2:35pm »

cool

Wolfgang is in fact my real name, my middle name, to be precise.

Thanks for the kind words!

I recently learned that there is an impostor in the world of electric guitar who calls himself "Wolfgang von Frankenstein". That's very obviously not me, and I disapprove.
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« Reply #29 on: Dec 19th, 2013, 01:50am »

Wolf,

i'm in India today on day 7 of my 9 day trip and will be back in the US soon, but Mikey just sent me this info. We talk all the time, but I hit him up for an email with this one.

His words not mine:

Hey Lynn,

I got your message yesterday about the Warren Haynes mod, so to answer your question, none of the original SLOs had the Warren Haynes mod. I didn't start offering that until 1990 - a full three years after starting the company.

As for your amp, it is built exactly like the originals - no Warren mod which means that it does have the capacitor on the overdrive gain pot. All SLOs come standard this way.

The Warren Haynes mod simply switches the cap out of the circuit, or in the case of Warren's personal amps, the cap is simply not there and there is no switch.

I hope this helps clear things up for you.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Rockin' New Year!!

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