The Plywood Guitar Project



 

Recordings!

The tonebringer is capable of many pickup combinations! We have strived to document them here for your aural pleasure. All recordings are from a Vox AC30, close miced with an SM57 and distance miced with a Studiospares dynamic microphone.

This first set of recordings lets you hear samples of the standard sounds from the standard 5 way switch. In bridge position we have a Seymour Duncan JB, with standard, non-coil-tapped wiring. In bridge position we have a Gibson P90. In the neck we have two Fender Texas Special single coil pickups. The outer pickup has a phase reverse, and the inner can be turned off. When both are on, wiring is in parallel.

Clean Samples

Dirty Samples

Samples are in this order:
1. Bridge
2. Bridge and Middle
3. Middle
4. Middle and Neck (Phase switch down, 2nd coil off)
5. Middle and Neck (Phase switch up, 2nd coil off)
6. Neck (Outer pickup only)
7. Neck (Phase switch up, 2nd coil on)
8. Neck (Phase switch down, 2nd coil on)

We found that, in parallel, the two texas specials sounded very similar to having only one on, when they were in phase. However, in a noisey environment activating the noise cancelling effect when the second coil is active is excellent. When out of phase with one another the single coils sound very very thin. The clean recording misses one of the Middle+Neck combinations because Pete got confused.

The next two recordings document the additional combinations available with the super switch, using a diagram we found on the internets!!! For simplicity's sake we only use one of the neck pickups in these recordings.

Clean Samples

Dirty Samples

Samples are in this order:
1. Neck and Bridge in parallel (Phase switch down)
2. Neck and Bridge in parallel (Phase switch up)
3. Middle and Bridge in series
4. Neck and Bridge in series (Phase switch down)
5. Neck and Bridge in series (Phase switch up)

This is a Jam we recorded using a 5 minute electronic drum/bass hashup and no other instruments except the tonebringer. There are 4 layers of Tonebringing Goodness!
Clean chords are Single Neck and Bridge in parallel
Clean rhythm track is Middle and Single Neck
Dirty rhythm track is Middle only
Lead track is Neck and Bridge in Parallel

Tonebringer Jam

Recordings of the Tonebringer #2 put up against a Fender Roadworn Strat, and an Epiphone Les Paul with Pearly Gates and '59 pickups are below. Guess the order and tell us what you think on guitars.co.uk!

Clean recording

Dirty recording

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