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  1. In the Schaller (and TP6) fine tuning tailpiece the ball end of the string is held in a small lever arrangement which rests against the small thumb-wheel when the string is under tension. Turning the thumb-wheel will increase or decrease the tension (and hence the pitch) by small amount, depending on which way the wheel is turned. You can see the principle in the fine tuners used on violins, which is where I believe Ren Wall got the idea... Turn the wheel clockwise and it pushes the lever down, which pulls the string back and increases the tension/pitch. Turn it anticlockwise and the lever moves up, which lets the string move forward and reduces the tension/pitch. Have a look at the article I linked to in my second post for a review of the Schaller and why the guy likes using them.
  2. I suppose one advantage is that it's perhaps easier to reach the fine tuners on the tailpiece than the tuners in the headstock - more convenient for a quick adjustment in the middle of a song.
  3. The Schaller fine tuning tailpiece looks like a sleeker version of the Gibson TP6, which i understand was invented by Ren Wall. While Googling the TP6 I came across this article which may be of interest. The writer has installed them on an SG and a Firebird and is very happy with the results. They seem relatively inexpensive, (around £35/$50) so you could give it a try and if it doesn't work for you, you can easily reinstall the stop bar. Lets us know how you get on.
  4. It always struck me that the Schaller bridge originally used by Heritage was a fine tuning bridge without the fine tuners, and as such the fine tuning version would have been a direct replacement. Since replacing the Schaller hardware is an easy job (the threads are the same as the 'Nashville' setup), the reverse process should likewise be easy. Incidentally the original Fender Esprit (as used by Robben Ford) used the same Schaller roller bridge and fine tuning tailpiece. The Elite and Ultra models had the fine tuners, while the Standard had the non-fine tuning tailpiece as used on most Heritage models before the early 2000s. The pickups were also Schallers, but not the usual sized humbuckers - they had three mounting screws, two in the top corners and one in the middle of the bottom edge. The later reissues had "normal" humbuckers, as Robben may well have replaced the pickups on his guitar.
  5. Ah, good ol' FZ! One of the first LPs I bought was Chunga's Revenge, which , although credited as a Frank Zappa solo album, featured a few tracks by this version of the Mothers. One of them, The Nancy and Mary Music, was a live recording culled from a pair of concerts which were later released on the Road Tapes Venue 3 CD. That track made a great impression on the teenage me, featuring as it does some scorching guitar from FZ and some out-there electric piano work from George Duke... To return to the main point of this thread, that's a fabulous guitar!
  6. What's the phrase they use on the Doug and Pat Show, "apples to apples"...?
  7. If you're not confident about making your own cables, you could always get some custom made cables, either from a friendly music shop or from someone like this - https://procables.audio/.
  8. Here's a picture to show the setup. It's a Pedaltrain Junior, and the wah and volume pedals fit neatly in the pocket of the soft case. The signal chain is guitar -> Polytune Mini -> Dunlop wah -> Deja Vibe -> Zendrive 2 -> switch box (top left of board) -> Supa Trem -> MXR Chorus -> Morley Volume -> MXR Carbon Copy -> switch box -> amp. The purpose of the switch box is to route the tremolo/chorus/delay either through the effects loop or straight into the amp. I usually have it set to the effects loop, but if I was in the situation of using an amp without an effects loop I'm covered. Here's how the switch box is wired. I used a 4 pole double throw switch as that was what I had available at the time.
  9. My solution is to have the wah and volume pedals off the board...
  10. Interesting story about speaker cables from the world of hifi I remember reading a few years ago. At a major hifi show the team from Quad arrived and realised they'd forgotten to bring the dedicated speaker cables. With no time to get back to the factory, one of them nipped out to the local DIY store and bought some 2-core mains flex, the orange stuff you might use with a lawnmower. Back at the show they set up the equipment with the mains flex connecting the speakers to the amp. Apparently nobody noticed the difference...
  11. What connectors do you have on the power amp and speakers, jacks or Speakons? Modern gear is likely to be Speakon, and I see that PMT sell 10m cables with either Speakon-Speakon or Speakon-Mono Jack for £19.99. Their Leeds store has them in stock, and that's not to far from you. A quick trip up the M1 is in order...
  12. Years ago I had Music Man 110 RD-50, which was great little amp in a similar sort of way. It had a solid state preamp (as did all Music Mans/Men), The "Limiter" channel had a 12AX7 tube for the overdrive. Small, loud and good-sounding. I sold it when I got a Boogie Mk IIB.
  13. FZ's guitars were heavily customised, with circuits for boosting frequencies (effectively parametric EQs). There are quite a few articles on the web about Frank's guitars and amps, e.g. this one from Guitar Player. Zappa was one of my first guitar heroes, and I managed to see his bands pretty much every time he played the UK between 1972 (the Grand Wazoo big band) and his last tour in 1988. I've seen Dweezil a few times too, and he does a fine job of playing his father's music.
  14. Maybe the first track that alerted me to the possibilities of the wah-wah pedal was Get A Little from the Mothers of Invention's Weasels Ripped My Flesh LP. For me, Frank Zappa had a way of using effects that was just a little bit different - other great examples are his use of the Mutron III on the solo in Inca Roads from One Size Fits All, and the Oberheim Sample and Hold filter on Ship Ahoy from Shut Up and Play Your Guitar. The Line 6 FM4 has a setting called "Obi Wah" which recreates that effect. That's why I bought one...
  15. I wonder if the use of the Schaller bridge and tailpiece was originally a way of differentiating Heritage from Gibson?
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