Profile of BillLawrenceReview.com and the author
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Hello, my name is Scott (http://www.facebook.com/scott.t.polley) and I have been playing guitar since '87(off and on). I have been tearing guitars apart and finding out how they work since my first guitar (that poor old Profile Strat, r.i.p., sorry... Ah, you were only plywood anyway...).
Also, since those humble beginnings, I've been interested in old guitars, mostly Gibsons. One of my first guitars was a 1969 Les Paul Deluxe (the first of several Gibson guitars, no longer in my possesion :( yes, that is a teer in my beer).
Since the internet has become widely available, I have finally been able to successfully hot wire my guitars, schematics and materials now being a mouse click away.
In or around October 2006, I purchased a "Bill Lawrence" pickup on ebay after doing only a little investigation into the "Dimebag Darrell Sound". I remembered from back in the day that he had used a dual blade humbucker called a "Bill Lawrence", and separately, that Bill Lawrence had designed guitars for Gibson- All I needed to know :)
Some investigation on the pickup included watching and reading interviews with Dime, and digging through the billlawrenceusa.com web site. The L-500XL pickup I purchased and installed in my RG-570 is stamped "Bill Lawrence U.S.A." on the top.
But I didn't stop researching there, some things didn't seem to fit...
My pickup is apparently made by Jzchak 'EZ' Wajcman, who is this?
Some web sites state that there is no one named "Bill Lawrence"??? Wasn't Bill Lawrence the same guy who worked at Gibson in the 70's, designing and making pickups for the Marauder and L6-S guitars?
Well this is where the confusion starts, and unfortunately includes allot of vague information, misinformation, omissions, contradictions, defensive and aggressive responses to inquiries, and throw in a half dozen business names... I am still amazed with some of the information I come across.
So here it is. Hopefully this site can answer some questions for you without bothering everyone I've had to, lol! thanks for all the help!!! :)
For the record
Oh, and as for Dimes gear, I would now bet that Dime used Bill Lawrence pickups identified by terms used on this site as Bill Lawrence Pickups (Classic)Pickups made and sold between 1975 and 1984 by Bill Lawrence(Willi Lorenz Stich). , By Bill Lawrence (WS)This label denotes pickups made by Bill Lawrence(Willi Lorenz Stich), after 1984, including pickups from OBL Pickups and/or at billlawrence.com , and Bill Lawrence Products (EZ)Pickups made by Jzchak Wajcman after 1984. billlawrenceusa.com . Please dig into the Glossary page for explanation of these terms. Have fun!!!
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