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 #127826  by softmachine72
 Sat May 11, 2013 7:45 pm
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This is new instrument ready for delivery from SFG. This guitar is the first I have built with the all vintage component Stratoblaster. the original vintage E230 Transistor, all 1% carbon resistors , solid Tantalum caps, and the 50k Allen Bradley gain knob. With out Waldo's help that would not have been possible . The D. Allen Voodoo 69's sound amazing and I am very impressed with tonal quality and classic 73-75 tone they produce.
 #127828  by Ross66
 Sat May 11, 2013 8:16 pm
This masterpiece of an axe is my guitar. I am so astounded at the craftsmanship of this guitar.
I just want to say what a pleasurable experience this build has been working with Leo. He is truly a master luthier as you can see here. If any of you out there are looking for a once in a lifetime guitar Leo is the man, communication was excellent and many photos were provided throughout the build. Like the gentlemen before me with the other Wolf so perfectly stated run don't walk!

Thank You Leo!!
Ross
 #127858  by jmfranc
 Sun May 12, 2013 10:42 am
THAT IS AWESOME

I too want to comment on Leo's dedication and skill. He has the design and history of these guitars nailed. Having met Leo I can attest to his fine character. You will love anything you get from him. The real deal.

He labors over the smallest details and isn't happy until its 100% right. Something we may never notice but its ultra-important to him. I love that.
 #134628  by TI4-1009
 Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:19 am
Been studying Wolves lately. Just curious why the bridge pickup is angled in this direction? Usually the treble poles are closest to the bridge.
 #134637  by zambiland
 Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:28 pm
TI4-1009 wrote:Been studying Wolves lately. Just curious why the bridge pickup is angled in this direction? Usually the treble poles are closest to the bridge.
Probably to give a little more weight to the high strings and a little more snap to the low end.
 #134640  by TI4-1009
 Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:15 pm
Right, and strats and teles also have the bridge single coils angled that way.

Cool photo- that was from the few months when Wolfie had the Gibson knobs!
 #134648  by TI4-1009
 Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:41 am
I guess. Not too many ways to improve upon that beauty.
 #134656  by mgbills
 Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:51 am
Anybody notice that in Playingdead's photo, the pickups have allen head threaded posts?

This is not a dig on Leo's Freakin' Awesome guitar. This was a note for the obscessed.
 #134657  by TI4-1009
 Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:13 am
mgbills wrote: This was a note for the obscessed.
Just me or is he missing the plastic switch knob? Crap, time for the Monty Python "Shoe" clip again.... :lol:
 #134658  by waldo041
 Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:17 am
mgbills wrote:Anybody notice that in Playingdead's photo, the pickups have allen head threaded posts?

This is not a dig on Leo's Freakin' Awesome guitar. This was a note for the obscessed.

Yes, i noticed the sds-1's.

~waldo
 #134675  by rugger
 Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:33 am
softmachine72 wrote:We can always strive to be better.
A perfect response. You're really making some nice looking instruments. I would love to play one someday.

john in san diego