Hey Rod. [img]images/smilies/afro.gif[/img]
Back 1991 I put the Screamin' Demon on my new alder-bodied Skull and Snakes ESP, which incidentally came stock with a Duncan Distortion, like my plain black, maple-bodied ESP "Kamikaze" did.
From reading an interview he did in Guitar World at the time, Lynch said he created the Demon with the EMG '81 sound in mind. He said he was fond of the peaky growl and smooth high end of the active piickup... but didn't want the active circuitry. Some years earlier I had an EMG '81/SA equipped Guild neck thru-body Strat and I liked the clean output and the "honk" of the-bridge postiition '81, so I bought the Demon hoping to recreate that tone without the battery hassle. But in the Skulls model, it didn't sound at all like the typical Lynch sound or the '81 to me- it just sounded like the Guiild after I let the battery go weak- midrange heavy and with much lower output. I suppose it could have been the softness of the alder body
that contributed to the duller sound of the Demon, but I never got a chance to change it over to the maple-bodied ESP... so perhaps I should have. [img]images/smilies/headscratch.gif[/img]
Personally I like the JB better than the Lynch p/up; I had them on the Barettas I once owned. I found the JB was sort of timid output wise, but sounded warm and not muddy like the Demon. The JB also has a nice, EVH-ish edge and crisp bite that the Demon doesn't- but the Lynch p/up was literally designed to have less bite and more mids so I guess that should have been expected. Anyway, I thought the Demon was a bit disappointing. I felt I got a better Lynch sound with the EMG equipped Guild.
I should have just put an '81 in the Lynch guitars, but I was running out of money. In a year later in '92 I sold every electric guitar
I had just to get my pink flame top EBMM. Guitar Center reamed me on that one... and I was an employee!! [img]images/smilies/icon_lol.gif[/img]
Oh I used a standard 500k pot on the ESP... and nice Wolfie BTW!! [img]images/smilies/icon_jam.gif[/img]