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Projects

Angus Young - AC/DC effects rack

In 2014-2015 I built two Solodallas Towers for Angus Young of AC/DC. These are replicas of the audio circuit of his old Schaffer Vega wireless guitar system that he bought with the band in 1977.

 

The Schaffer Vega Diversity System (SVDS) was the first wireless ever made for instruments, and had a very special sound. These receivers also contained a clean boost of up to 30dB, which the band soon discovered to make their amplifiers overdrive more.
 

This wireless system (SVDS) can be heard on all albums from Powerage (Highway To Hell, Back In Black, For Those About to Rock ,...) until the system is put away. Since then, Angus has never sounded the same.

For the Rock or Bust album and the tour, Angus wanted his 'old' sound back. We were therefore lucky enough to see the material backstage at their performance in Werchter. On the left you see Trace, Angus his Guitar technician.

1967 Marshall Super Bass

Marshall 1967 Super Bass in all original condition. Pictured here on top of a 1971 Super Bass previously owned by Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience).

Both amps sounded very nice, but the 67 was something special.

1969 Marshall JMP restoration

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This nice Marshall 'Bass' spec JMP from 1969 had been butchered before. Luckily the 'damage' was easy to revert. All the components were removed so the board and turrets would be cleaned.

These Marshall amps are great pedal platforms. Super nice cleans on lower volumes, and roaring Marshall tone when driven!

TW Express clone build 

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This TW Express clone was built on request as close as possible to the original. Pacific transformers, same components, ..

The beautiful cabinet was hand-crafted by Fabian from FabGuitars, where we closely work together with. 

Vibroverb Brownface build

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This Vibroverb brownface edition (with bias tremolo) was constructed using exactly the same method as the originals; eyelet boards, cloth wiring, ... With a lot of attention to super-neat wiring.

Solodallas SD100

Marshall JCM900 'SLX'

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The JCM900 had a tube failure which took out the grid resistor and a screen resistor. The filter caps also showed signs of bulging (will leak soon). All the screen resistors were upgraded and mounted on ceramic standoffs for optimal heat dissipation and stability.

After a new set of tubes and filter caps the amp was ready to blast! 80's rock machine!

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