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Idol Series / Re: The Idol has risen from the dead!!
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:50:46 PM »
I ripped out the VCC and installed a JP push pull wiring on my WI66Pro. Never looked back. The Gibson LP and the American Deluxe Strat stay in their cases. No need to get them out anymore.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Mid 70's D25 DPG
« on: July 26, 2018, 07:26:18 PM »
Was curious if anybody else owns a D25 DPG? Think Richie Havens guitar. Wonder how many were made with the double pick guard?.

Idol Series / Re: Who loves the Idol?
« on: November 06, 2016, 09:45:26 PM »
Well, I ripped the VCC out of my WI66PROF and converted it to J Page wiring with push/pull pots at all four points, using the stock pups, and I must say, it will never leave my herd. The Gibson and the Strat stay in their cases. It is the #1 I reach for every time. Have had every single person who picks it up ask me where they could get one.

Idol Series / Re: Keep vcc, and add tone control?
« on: May 29, 2016, 12:38:06 PM »
Don't know if this is do-able, but I like the vcc system, but I'd like a bit more tone control. Is it possible to add  maybe a master tone control? Is there a way to add more tone control to the guitar without drilling more holes in the guitar? I know rolling the volume off a bit can knock some of the high frequency off, but is there a way to get more tonal adjustment? I really do like the vcc, and I want to keep it.


I hear what you are saying. However, I just ripped the guts out of my WI66PROF and rewired it with a Jimi Page schematic (4 push/pull pots.)

I got one word...UNBELIEVABLE.  the chains have been taken off and this guitar will really show what it can do. Love the SD pups. Love the feel of the guirtar. I just improved it 1000%.

These guitars can be had so cheaply because people are not familiar with them, and don't realize how well they are made. Rework the inferior electronics and you will be happy. I don't think the Gibson LP or the Fender Deluxe American Strat will be coming out of the cases much in the future.

This one sits on the stand as the go to guitar at present.

However, your mileage may vary....

Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Re: WI66PROV and VCC
« on: November 01, 2015, 12:00:25 AM »
Went back and looked again, and I must have been on pluto or somewhere. I have a WI66PROF, not a PROV. No idea where I got that from.

Just not happy with the way the wiring is working. It seems to me, the volume control really ramps up very quickly from 0 to about 2 the there is not much increase in the volume any more until you get to about 8, then it begins to ramp up some more until you max out. The VCC controls seem to provide more volume when at the extreme ends of their range (0 or 10) and the volume kind of drops out in between.

I find if I set my amp up like I want it, the WI66 plays a lot louder than my Gibson LP or my Fender Strat. Just does not seem to be able to finesse the output with the WI66 than I can with the other guitars. I'm like you. I am not a collector, I want to have a usable guitar that is not a struggle to use. 

Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / WI66PROV and VCC
« on: October 23, 2015, 06:21:06 PM »
I'm just not happy with the VCC. Contemplating gutting and reworking the wiring. Any thoughts, suggestions, etc. on what I should consider. I have a Gibson LP traditional with push / pull pots that I like the versatility they give, but geeze, I hate the weight of the guitar after a while. Love my Idol, so I want to improve it to the point that the Gibby can stay in the stand.

Should I invest the time / money/ effort?

Idol Series / Re: Is this really a xcustom shop guitar?
« on: July 26, 2013, 09:36:57 PM »
Thanks for the info....

Idol Series / Is this really a xcustom shop guitar?
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:25:46 AM »
Looking at a guitar on eBay. Dude says it is a Custom Shop guitar because it says "mad in USA' on the back of the headstock, but you can't see it in the pictures. Is this really a Custom Shop guitar?

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