Private Sessions Videos - Flo III - what pickups?

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jjensson
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Hi folks,

I just watched the improvisation over the Building The Church groove. Very nice tone. I read up on Flo III and i understand that it's alder body, but the pickups don't seems to be Evos. They look and sound like Breeds (well, at the bridge anyway :).

Can somebody from the crew shed a light on this please? And while i'm at this, does Steve play 010 strings in that video?

Best regards and thanks in advance for any help!
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Jeroen
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Flo III bridge pickup is a Paf Pro. I think the body may be basswood even. Last time I saw it, it had 9's on them.

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Thanks, Jeroen. It makes sense, since the polepieces, albeit the big ones, aren't silver but black.

But i'm confused about the gtr body. Here you said that it's a normal 7vwh:
http://www.vai.com/messageboard/viewtop ... =1&t=28752" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

To me it sounded more like alder. But i've been wrong before... :mrgreen:
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Had a chance to inspect Flo III very closely, during the Vai Festival and although the differences with a factory body are tiny, it is a custom cut body, together with the pickup makes me believe it may be basswood.
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Doesn't she has bigger trem cavity? I compared the factory JEM photo, and FLO III. FLO III's cavity is slightly longer... And Jeroen, do you know what is written on the back of the body?
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So all Flos are basswood, and all Evos are alder - he classifies them tonally. :idea:

Very interesting, because i found Vai's tone in the last years quite thin (maybe he likes it that way), but in this video it seems fat and punchy.

BTW, i noticed the tone control is on 2 or 3, maybe that's a big factor.
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jjensson wrote:So all Flos are basswood, and all Evos are alder - he classifies them tonally. :idea:

Very interesting, because i found Vai's tone in the last years quite thin (maybe he likes it that way), but in this video it seems fat and punchy.

BTW, i noticed the tone control is on 2 or 3, maybe that's a big factor.

Well, Flo is basswood 100%, FLO III too, but FLO II with linear tremolo? Maybe she's alder, cause she was Alder before LACS body.....? EVO is alder 100% and so EVO II and EVO III.
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LACS body? Please translate that to me, as i'm not that much into the newest stuff around Vai.
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jjensson wrote:LACS body? Please translate that to me, as i'm not that much into the newest stuff around Vai.
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Dang, this is one bugly fastard! :lol:
If this is Flo II body unfinished, than it looks more like basswood than alder. I've never seen this guitar until now.
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jjensson wrote:Dang, this is one bugly fastard! :lol:
If this is Flo II body unfinished, than it looks more like basswood than alder. I've never seen this guitar until now.
Well, yes, it could be...:) We must ask STEVE :)
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Jeroen wrote:Had a chance to inspect Flo III very closely, during the Vai Festival and although the differences with a factory body are tiny, it is a custom cut body, together with the pickup makes me believe it may be basswood.
Jeroen, just out of curiosity, what are the differences between a custom cut body and a factory body?

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The trem route is slightly longer (the lions claw), and the monkey grip edges haven't been rounded as on factory bodies.

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I've seen that neck was changed also... on the Romania special appearance, there is a normal neck...2pc.... Well, now....on the pics of SV festival, there is a 5pc neck... ....so, Jeroen, is neck still scalloped if it was changed?
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