The next significant change in Rivers's set up came when the band was signed to Geffen in the summer of '93. With the guidance of Jason, a new non-Fender Stratocaster copy was ordered as parts from the Warmoth catalog. The parts and pickups were a...
The next significant change in Rivers's set up came when the band was signed to Geffen in the summer of '93. With the guidance of Jason, a new non-Fender Stratocaster copy was ordered as parts from the Warmoth catalog. The parts and pickups were all custom selected, and the wiring was similar to the crazy red guitar's(His other guitar). He soon tired of the confusing electronics set-up and had it simplified so that there was only a volume knob and a switch to choose between the two pick-ups. One pick-up was a black Seymour Duncan TB59B1, AKA the "Trembucker 59" (same as the red guitar), and the other was a cream colored DiMarzio that was almost certainly a SuperDistortion2 (I have learned that the"Humbucker from Hell" only came in the yellow and red model that was in the red Strat). Additionally, there was a special capacitor added to the wiring that kept the tone thick and crunchy, even when the volume was turned down low (hence the nice "quiet-yet-crunchy" live concert tone on the quiet parts of "say it aint so", etc...)This may have been a "Black Ice" module, which replaces the capacitor on the tone knob and is a passive overdrive/distortion circuit, controllable by the tone knob once you put it in place of the tone capacitor.However, as only the volume knob was left functioning, I believe it was instead hooked into the volume knob, thus increasing its activity as the volume was turned up (or down?)~ Weezerpedia
After buying pretty much every piece separate, I took the neck off of my Mexican Strat and put it on the Rivers strat. It was a lot of fun to build and drill and solder, Tom Frank and I put it all together.
See the Strat here -> https://www.instagram.com/p/BEwd6jIPfzI/?taken-by=poppy_58