Love that album! No idea of the gear used. Thought I read that he had returned to Marshalls. He also had his Strat, which was featured in the Top Of The Pops performance of Heavy Heart. Probably a “lip-synced” performance though and not necessarily a true indication of the actual gear used on...
I used to break strings pretty regularly. Used to use 10s and 11s. Got old. Less time to play. Hands got a little weaker. Had to switch to 9s and also had to lighten my touch to avoid buzzing. I don’t think I’ve broken a string since the switch, which was several years ago.
Gibson catalogs from the 50s displayed top wrapped guitars. I don’t have the full copy, but found this enlarged and cropped photo that was taken from a 50s catalog.
However, top wrapping or raising the stop tailpiece will accomplish the same thing.
I wouldn’t let the poly base/lacquer top coat stop you from buying a Lacquer Taste. The poly base coats are very thin. I’ve owned a LTS and a Tokai LS-200, both with poly/lacquer. The poly base coat didn’t offer nearly the same level of chip resistance as a normal, full poly finish. My Tokai had...
I have 3 early 80s Tokais. All higher end. All gutted. New pots, caps, pickups. Control holes were also all reamed to accommodate the new pots. It was painful at first, but the guitar’s sound much more to my liking with the electronics swaps. I will never sell these 3.
Which bridge did you go with? I really like the vintage Tokai bridges. Also like the Hosco for modern replacement.
Tried Faber and it scooped out the midrange and made the low end way too big and muddy.
Not sure the pickups in my ‘81 ES-100 were ‘57 PAF. No labels. They have white hookup wire.
Tried swapping whatever was in there with UOA5. It was an improvement, but still not to my liking. Too thin and bright. Swapped them for Throbak ER Customs.