Long-awaited... long-promised... the VHII demo by SoopR.
I've had a SD Jazz in the neck of my Les Paul Studio for a long, long time, and for good reason: it sounds killer. Great focus and balance with good levels of power, suitable for many styles.
Still, I was inspired by clips of the VHII in action and snagged one from over the pond to try. I composed the rhythm tracks for this demo in GP5 and used the usual Axe-Fx/SD 2.0 method for creating the sounds. Bass was played through the Axe-Fx as well.
The first clip uses the SD Jazz in all neck position tracks - the intro diddly (that part was for you, Nolly ), the Leslie'd clean tone, and all lead guitars. The second pickup is the same, but with the BKP VHII. All bridge pickup sounds are courtesy of CIAM's Rebel Yell.
The lead tracks aren't nearly as clean as I want them, but I was developing some carpal tunnel inflammation at the time and really pushed myself through to the final product. It was an unwise decision, but I'm ok now, so it was all worth it. After I got my hard drive back, I re-mixed this to the best of my current abilities.
STUPID SOUNDCLOUD LINK THAT DOESN'T WORK BECAUSE THEY WON'T TRANSCODE
STUPID SOUNDCLOUD LINK THAT DOESN'T WORK BECAUSE THEY WON'T TRANSCODE STILL
They're certainly different pickups, and I know which one I prefer, but I'll hold my opinion. The tones were dialed in for the Jazz and then I just installed the VHII at the same height as the Jazz had been and re-recorded. All EQ's are the same, etc.
If there's any interest, I'll re-do this with the currently-installed Mules.
Also, Soundcloud can blow a goat.