Focus on Soloway

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by Chris, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Soloway Guitars

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    If you're talking about the trem, that's a Hipshot and yes, they have a 7-string version. As for the pickups, they'd have to be custom built, but Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe assures me that it would be no problem. BTW, what look like Start pickups in that first one are actually Strat sized P90's (also built by Vintage Vibe). The second one has Kinmans. As advertised, they're truly silent, but I think the new noise free DiMarzios are better sounding.
     
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    I love it when Jim posts here. He always brings along the best guitar porn. I need a Soloway or three.
     
  3. drezdin

    drezdin SS.org Regular

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    I've had some difficulty getting the hipshot 7 string trem for a Koll I'm getting. It's not a standard item and it has been about 6 months. They said they made more this time so they would have some in stock.

    About those pickups Mr. Soloway. Do you thing something like hum cancelling 7 string P-90s would be possible?
     
  4. Leon

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    :holy:

    Jim, you're driving me to finish my degree, so that i can get a good job, and buy your guitars :lol:
     
  5. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Soloway Guitars

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    Possible, but something else to consider is that I have a prototype Bluesbucker 7-string that Steve Blucher at DiMarzio built for me. It's not a dead ringer for a P90 but it comes pretty close with absolutely no hum.
     
  6. Drew

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    :wallbash: Hipshot, my bad. I was more-or-less estatic when I first saw pics of that thing as a 7, as finding a good trem was the biggest holdup for my 7-string strat quest.
     
  7. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Soloway Guitars

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    Here you go Drew. The Hipshot trem on a 7-string. Works like a charm.

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    Jeff Banned from Reality

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    I need a cold towel and a martini after looking at that picture. :shred:
     
  9. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Soloway Guitars

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    Completed a few hours ago.

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  10. Chris

    Chris Forum MVP

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    I wish I had something more eloquent to say here, but:

    "Holy crap." :drool:

    More pics, please sir! You have the most tasteful looking headstocks out there - let's see a full body shot!
     
  11. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Soloway Guitars

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    Here's most of what I've got so far.

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  12. eaeolian

    eaeolian Pictures of guitars I don't even own anymore! Super Moderator

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    Damn, the chrome with the flip-flop orange is awesome. Beautiful work, as always...
     
  13. Leon

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    +1 @ the headstocks. i LOVE 3x3 and 4x3 headstocks. funny i guess, since i own 4 Ibanez's, all with that pointy, inline headthings :lol:
     
  14. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Soloway Guitars

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    Conceptually, the headstock comes from entirely practical concerns. We started with 27" scale length 7-strings. That can be a very difficult guitar to keep balanced and as a player, balance is critically important to me. The smaller 3x4 headstock was one of several design decisions that were intended to keep the guitar both light weight and well balanced.
     
  15. i_love_tazzus

    i_love_tazzus Out For Lunch

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    Those pickups on the new model look a bit like Gretsch Filtertrons. Do they sound anything like them?
     
  16. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Soloway Guitars

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    They're TV Jones TV'trons. TV Jones makes all of the high end Gretsch pickups these days and has been making pickups for Brian Setzer for years. The TV'tron is just a humbucker sized mount for his pickups. When use his pickups, it's always the same combination: two Filtertrons with a Classic in the neck and a hotter Plus in the bridge. They sound exactly like a standard Filtertron with the same winding specs.
     
  17. darren

    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    Man, six strings look so odd to me now... the bridges, necks and headstocks all look so disproportionately small.
     
  18. Drew

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    I can't say anything more articulate than that. Jim, one day I firmly intend to own one of your guitars. :yesway:
     
  19. Jim Soloway

    Jim Soloway Soloway Guitars

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    When I started playing 7-strings I immersed myself for about a year, not even picking up a 6-string. When I finally tried one of my old guitars, it felt like a ukelele in my hands.

    And thanks to all for the many kind remarks. We've gotten really busy and I don't get around here as much as I ought to but I really do appreciate all the support.
     

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