Waldo was kind enough to send me a version of his unity gain buffer, specially modified so even a non-soldering type guy like me could install it. So, I did.
I've also been working on trying to get my sound as close as possible to Garcia's miked rig, as heard through the 82-85 soundboards; that means some slight dirt to the sound, subtle reverb and very little low end. It's getting there, I think. It might sound kind of thin on its own, but if you listen to the boards, that's what makes it cut through so well.
So, here's some brief clips, various, as described. (Probably way more than anyone wants to hear ... LOL) I like Waldo's buffer a lot, it's a subtle difference from the Cutler CB1 I had in the guitar originally, but it's a bit smoother.
The guitar is my Resurrection Tiger, with three DiMarzio Super II pickups and, now, Waldo's buffer. I was all set up in the studio, so I just sat and played for a while. I used more bridge pickup than normal because I am working on getting the preamp to break up where I want it to ...
First off ... a little Bird Song ... middle pickup, single coil, switches to the bridge as a humbucker halfway through (note how the sound breaks up more). This is the longest clip.http://www.playingdead.net/vicbird.mp3
A little Jack Straw intro, also middle pickup single coil:http://www.playingdead.net/vicjack.mp3
Four seconds of badly played Promised Land, just to hear the bridge pickup humbucker breakup:http://www.playingdead.net/vicpromise.mp3
An excerpt (badly played) from Slipknot, bridge pickup, humbucker:http://www.playingdead.net/vicslip.mp3
Just to show the Tiger can Strat out a little, an excerpt from the Eyes Jam, middle pickup and neck pickup single coil -- in between position:http://www.playingdead.net/viceyes.mp3
A little Midnight Moonlight, bridge pickup as a humbucker:http://www.playingdead.net/vicmidnight.mp3
A taste of fingerpicked Althea, bridge pickup as a humbucker.http://www.playingdead.net/vicalthea.mp3
And, finally ... some They Love Each Other, middle pickup, single coil.http://www.playingdead.net/victleo.mp3