Originally Posted by mudfinger
Looks like a vari-tone circuit, essentially a 5 way switch with various levels of basscut, kinda like the opposit of a tone knob, but with preset values. One of the coolest electronics options Gibson ever came up with.
Actually, the vari-tone circuit does exactly
what a tone knob does but only when it's set to 1. The varitone shunts treble to ground at different cap levels. Big D Guitars
will give you the specs on my varitone. So, it's not a basscut, but a passive treblecut.
The big D is a great addition to this guitar. It essentially does LP/ES-355/Tele all in one, with the varitone and the coil-tapping. Not to mention that the Classic II pickups were basically made for this guitar. I've never heard pickups respond this well to a particular guitar: warm, full and sustaining, all the while being clear as a bell.
We'll have to see how she competes with my DGN '59 Replica when it gets here next week, but she surely beats out my 2 deluxe strats and my Tele for the whole package of 'versatility, tone, and feel'.
Maestro and the Muse
And the collection is up to 13... (Ezra, Nigel, Ophelia, Gabriel, Fiona, Sylvia, Liesl, Jenny, Eli, Amelia, Mackayla, Gillian and Riley)
Maestro uses exclusively:
DGN Custom Guitars Humbucker Pickups
in his LPs and ES-335
Klein Single Coil Pickups
in his Fender guitars and basses