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 #129926  by jalevinemd
 Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:55 pm
The electronics layout of the Blacknife looks very similar to the Ibanez Artist (AR-500). I've heard many things about them but am still a bit confused. Does the guitar basically have a built in Tube Screamer circuit?
 #129929  by mkaufman
 Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:45 pm
The AR500 has a 3-band EQ with cut/boost controls for low/mid/high, plus an overall gain control. Boosting the gain control can overdrive the signal.

In terms of circuitry. it differs from a tube screamer, however, it can yield similar results.

It's very useful at shaping tone, and having it built into the guitar is very convenient.

 #129932  by jalevinemd
 Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:03 pm
Thanks. :-)

So is the circuitry in this Blacknife the same one as the AR500?
 #129935  by mkaufman
 Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:05 pm
Only the EQ/pre-amp, although Dozin should confirm.

The pickups and pickup switching options are totally different than the AR500.

Sorry to hijack the thread, but since your asked, there were three versions of the AR500. The first version was closest to Weir's guitars and is very hard to find as they are quite rare. I just happen to have one for sale: ... 1555.l2649

Special pricing for Rukind members...

Chris - nice axe!

 #129946  by Dozin
 Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:51 pm
Thanks Bud

My knobs are Volume, Tone and EQ gain
 #129963  by jalevinemd
 Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:52 am
Dozin wrote:Thanks Bud

My knobs are Volume, Tone and EQ gain
Beautiful guitar! I hate the term "Swiss Army knife of tone", but I suppose this one is. Looks like endless possibilities. Enjoy it. :-)
 #129976  by Dozin
 Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:08 pm
Not even close to a Swiss Army knife. Late 70's all the way.
 #130889  by racecar
 Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:00 am
How about some sound samples? Let's hear these gems :)

beautiful guitars for sure.
 #131331  by racecar
 Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:21 am
racecar wrote:How about some sound samples? Let's hear these gems :)

beautiful guitars for sure.
I guess not?
 #132680  by jazzbox
 Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:44 am
Beautiful guitars! That cocobolo blackknife cowboy is too cool.
Pickup question: that middle position DP410 2.2 is a stacked dual coil, right? Do you guys have that pickup wired in series?
Anybody have a line on these now discontinued pickups?

Thanks -- phil
 #132687  by jazzbox
 Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:45 am
Interesting, so it's a two wire pickup?
The Dimarzio suggested replacement for the DP410 2.2 pickup is the Area 61, and that is a stacked coil pickup. The current new Virtual Vintage line are stacked coil hum cancelling also. I wish they still carried these pickups, but they're all discontinued.
 #132688  by jazzbox
 Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:51 am
So Dozin it sounds like you've got a two coil pickup (4 wires = two coils, right?). MK you've got a single coil version?
When you say phase reversal doesn't that mean the switch puts the pickup out of phase with the other pickups? Or are you putting the coils in your middle pickup out of phase with each other?