Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 99
5) Pickguards on the later Style 2 models like this Spacetone
were still a funky bi-level, but abandoned the scallops for a
simpler design with more-traditional Volume and Tone knobs
(one of each). 6) From 1970/'71, the later Style 2 (collectors
refer to it as Style 2.5) had a pickup switching system that used
one three-way as a typical bridge/both/neck, while the second
engaged the optional Hi-Fi circuit designed by Bill Lawrence,
The tailpiece achieved stability using
six set screws that adjusted the angle of
the string behind the bridge, and Wright
likened the Microsonic bridge (another
Jones innovation) to Ibanez's Gibralter unit
of the late '70s. Speaking of comparisons,
Wright equated the feel of the Calibrato to
the vibrato developed by Semie Moseley
- light and smooth, with a setup/mainte-
which tapped the pickup at about 80 percent of its winding. "The
wire was a 52-gauge lacquer-coated copper, which is finer than
a human hair," said Will Meadors. "That made it possible to get
enough windings for sufficient turns in the small cover, which
was 1/8" white plexiglass. It was very difficult to replicate." 7)
A Huntington from the early Style 3 era, before transitioning
to clear upper/white lower pickguard. 8) 2004 Wanderer.
nance protocol similar to a Floyd Rose...
but more complex.
In '68, Jones briefly used DeArmondsourced pickups while transitioning to an
original design created by Bill Lawrence.
Assembled by Jones' wife, Hazel, with occasional help from production manager
Gary Free, they were wound on bobbins
made from plexiglass. Another change saw
the pickguard move to a three-knob arrangement - one Volume and two Tone - marking
the transition to Style 1.5.
The following year brought the Style
2, which did away with the gasket and
grillecloth but kept the clips joining the two
pieces. That move, along with pickguards
being given a simpler bi-level design and
controls moving to a basic one-Volume/