Is it possible to put whammy bar on my les paul studio?

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  1. dspelman

    dspelman Senior Member

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    Yup, someone does. And a Floyd.

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    The two miniswitches directly behind the Floyd control the Sustainer -- one's on/off, the other is a three position that selects the harmonic. The bottom left knob in this picture is the Sustainer Intensity pot. The Floyd in this shot was replaced with a German OFR after the shot was done, for no particular reason. Other controls:
    The left most black dot on top row is a spring-loaded buckethead-style kill switch.
    Middle knob on top is Master Tone
    Right most knob is Master Volume
    Sustainer Intensity is left-most on bottom
    Right most knob is a push pull that activates a Chander Tone-X (sweepable active mid-boost, like a parked wah)

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    Here the sustainer driver (single coil size; there's also a full-humbucker size) is sharing the neck pickup spot with a DiMarzio Fast Track II (18KOhm ceramic mag humbucker). When the sustainer is switched on, it automatically uses the bridge pickup (even if the neck pickup is selected on the pickup selector) as source and the sustainer driver becomes an electromagnet that keeps the strings moving.

    This guitar is a pretty close approximation of Neal Schon's sig guitar, except that it's a neck-through (same shaved neck), is solid body (Neal's personal guitars are either chambered or weight relieved, but some owners of the Sigs have reported that theirs are solid) and has a slightly wider, thinner, flatter neck than Neal's. Neal doesn't have the kill switch and his knobs, while in the same basic configuration, are a bit more spread out. Customer guitars got a burstbucker in the bridge position but Neal's guitars (and this one) have a modded 9K+ '57 in the bridge.

    Neal's deal with Gibson has run out, and Neal's recently used a PRS, a Yamaha SG2000-alike, a Fernandes "Schon" prototype and some Charvels, all of which are set up basically the same, on the latest Journey album recording sessions in April.
     
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    Beware of those, however -- you'll probably find that your case will no longer fit the guitar. Those things stick up so high that they'll (at the very least) try to dig their way through the top of the case. Or the case will put so much pressure on them that your guitar will be out of tune whenever you pull it out, or will be exhibiting other effects of too much neck tension. You may have to keep it in a gig bag or have a case built for it.
     

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