The Corsa “Mass.Effect” Tone System

A better “Jimmy Page Mod?”

We designed the Mass.Effect tone system specifically for our Big Dog and Fury models, using Corsa Manalishi SlitBucker pickups. As we’ve explained in a different post, the SplitBuckers were designed to provide a higher coil split output than a regular humbucker. Having first used the SplitBucker in our Little Dog model, we were really pleased, not only with the higher output coil split, but also with the “cocked wah” effect. We wanted to carry that particular mod over to the dual SplitBucker models.

We had done numerous Jimmy Page Mods, at customer request, on our Corsa Manalishi and LCPG models. The real world “problems” we found with the Jimmy Page Mod were:

  1. Even though Corsa guitars are so much more resonant than any other similarly constructed guitars, the anemic 4K coil split of a normally wound humbucker was basically useless. Having spoken to several owners who had the mod confirmed the same thing, although this was the feature that prompted most owners to order the mod
  2. The JP Mod is extremely complicated with a huge learning curve. There are so many settings that are not intuitive to the player who is familiar with a two pickup guitar with a three position toggle. Many of the tone combinations have the toggle switch in the neck position with both pickups are “on.” It is tough to wrap your head around that concept when all you have known is that both pickups should only be on with the toggle in the middle position. Here is a typical setting, as an example: Toggle switch in neck position, Neck Volume pot & Neck Tone pot pulled up = neck & bridge p’ups active, neck p’up split (pole piece coil active), in phase, series. Really?
  3. Many of the available tones are found not to be useful at all and trying to remember all the “up/down” and toggle positions, particularly in a live situation, is very frustrating
  4. The wiring is extremely complicated and very difficult to troubleshoot if something goes wrong.

Jimmy Page Mod

 

Mass.Effect Tone System

 

The Mass.Effect system, on the other hand, does not suffer from any of the above. The coil split is pleasing and entirely useful. The learning curve is quick and intuitive, because the toggle positions are familiar – i.e., both pickups are on only in the middle position. There are many tone variations available, without the really bizzare JP mod combinations. The wiring is much less complicate and, if any issues come up down the road, figuring out what is wrong is fairly easy.

The result is a sensible use of four push pull pots and a pair of Manalishi SplitBuckers. Easy to learn and really useful and pleasing tone combinations. (Click images to enlarge)

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