Thanks everybody for your help. I will try to respond to as many of your points/questions as I can:
Who built the guitar? I know you all are curious, but I'd rather not share that information. I don't want to cause any undue damage to my luthier's business, as he really has been a pleasure to work with and the guitar itself is a true work of art and everything I had hoped for. The luthier himself did not wire the guitar, he contracted someone to do it, but due to this debacle, he no longer employes this tech.
Are there stacked pots, or am I seeing things? Yes, I have three stacked pots as opposed to two tone knobs and a volume, the only fundamental wiring difference between my Tiger and Jerry's. I did ask for everything else to be wired exactly the same, though, including the OBEL and the Unity Gain Buffer.
The OBEL is not meant to be able to adjust the depth of the tones; it is there to establish a constant input level in the effects despite changes in volume. Thanks for the clarification! That eliminates one of my problems (which, obviously, was never an actual problem to begin with). That being said, I should still be able to hear the effects when they are on, and I can't. So there's some sort of issue going on in the OBEL.
There's an erroneous black wire that appears to be going into a screw hole for the control cavity cover. Yes, I noticed this as well when I took the photos. I don't particularly know why it's there, but I think it may be from something that the original electrician had screwed up. The techs at my local shop may then have cut it during the rewiring process and simply left it there because it was soldered at the other end.
You should just send it to Gary Brawer. Well, he's in San Francisco, and I'm in LA, so that isn't that farfetched. That being said, I'd like to avoid having to package and ship the guitar again unless it's a last resort. Maybe I should contact Gary, or Mike Wald, and get a detailed, clear schematic to take to another music shop for a complete rewiring?
On my Tiger, the OBEL input is on the bottom and the amp input is on the top. Yeah, this seems to be the common way of doing things, but I'm sure it isn't the case with mine. I know that the way I've been configuring the wires has been correct, because it's the only way I can get any noise out of the amp, even if it is highly diminished and unimpressive. To me (and this is completely speculative here, as I don't know much about wiring), it feels like all the systems are working except one little hiccup at the end of the process (likely in the OBEL, due to the fact that I can't hear effects whatsoever when they're on), which for some reason is also blocking a clear signal from making it through to the amp. I say this because it sounds muffled and poorly amplified, but it sounds as if, with the proper adjustments, I could once again unleash the roaring monster that I heard when I first got it.
This looks nothing like the wiring on a Jerry guitar. Once again, I'm not very knowledgable when it comes to wiring, so I guess I'll have to take everybody's word for it. However, the electrician who my luthier contracted to do this job, bad though he may have been, was supposedly in contact with Mike Wald (not sure if that happens to be the "waldo" who has been answering on here) for occasional advice during the process. Or at least, that's what he claimed. So if it really looks nothing like a Jerry schematic, then I'm amazed.
Thanks again everybody!
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