First of, many thanks to everyone that has posted so much detailed information on this board, your passion for the music in inspiring!
I'm currently putting together a "gigging" Bobby rig (bar gigs mostly) and after reading pretty much everything in the Bobby Tone section here, I've settled in on most of the pieces.
So far, it looks like:
* One of my Mesa Boogie combos (Studio 22 currently with a Celestion speaker or, more likely, my Express 5:25 with a Tone Tubby Hemp Cone speaker)
* Ibanez UE 400
* TS9 > AF9 in the UE 400 effects loop
* Ibanez DM1100
* Still considering Compressor/Limiter Options
* Still considering Equalization directly after guitar (maybe just my Boss EQ pedal)
Now I'm on to the guitar. Like some others here, I find some of the Bobby chord shapes (literally) a stretch. So, after much deliberation, I'm leaning towards going the "shredder" guitar route, getting something that's going to be really easy to play. I'm eyeing an early 90's MIJ Ibanez that has the "Humbucker | Single Coil | Humbucker" configuration.
I'm sure I'll need to change out the stock pickups. I'm thinking some sort of PAF replacement for the Humbuckers. I have a Lace single coil sitting in the music drawer, not sure how appropriate that would be as a replacement.
So, any suggestions? Will I want to Coil Tap the Humbuckers? Do I want the middle PU to be out of phase? Any suggestions on what Humbuckers and single coil to get?
Looks like the BWM1 reissue has DiMarzio PAF 36 Anniversary PUs and an Area 61 PU all with Alnico mags.