This is just fucking fantastic!
The number of different tones he gets just from tweaking his guitars controls is fascinating.
He did wind his own pickups but they sounded too dark, and he also said that he had alternating magnet orientations across the poles that caused his tone to get all scratchy and weird when he bent strings. He bought a set of Burns Tri-Sonic pickups and half a dozen manufacturers including Duncan and DiMarzio have made copies for the various replica guitars. And you're right about the buttons, he filed them down.I seem to recall he originally tried winding his own pickups too, not sure if that's what he ended up using or not. I also remember hearing somewhere that the inlays are buttons (like, off a shirt) :lol:
I read 22-24 mm thick - is that gigantic? I'm sure it's very round. It think it's a 7.25" radius too :lol:To say nothing of six switches and two knobs.
The neck profile is apparently gigantic, and identical in profile and depth from nut to body.
He's had the Red Special restored once, unfortunately, I think in the 90's. Parts of the mahogany had to be filled in and stuff, he'd simply worn through the veneer.I'm so impressed that he's essentially played one guitar for his entire career. (I'm assuming he's still playing the original Red Special.) Every other guitar giant has worn their main guitar out (Blackie, Evo, etc.) or moved on to signature instruments. Yet he keeps playing the home-made one he built as a teenager, and it's become iconic.
Also, he has played copies of it at times, to make it easier on the Red Special, namely Guyton and then I think Greg Fryer built some for him that he's used on more recent tours. He still takes the Red Special all the time though, it isn't a stay at home guitar.He's had the Red Special restored once, unfortunately, I think in the 90's. Parts of the mahogany had to be filled in and stuff, he'd simply worn through the veneer.