Finally got one of these. Except it was on Vodafone, so had a horrid red and white colour scheme. After some digging and lots of reading, I've got rid of that and restored it to the default HTC black scheme. Much better!
This phone is great, so far everything is good. Undoubtedly I'll find problems so will update this as I do.
Decided to order Irongear Rolling Mill pickups for my Schecter. Since playing on the Blackstar I've become displeased with the Duncan-Designed pups. The high e just sounds thin, I want it to be a bit thicker, creamier perhaps.
So hopefully the Rolling Mills will give me that. Went for the Overwound bridge pup to keep a bit of versatility (I hope!).
Just need to work out the wiring as I think the colours are different to the standard pups.
Finally! Got a soldering iron and the correct rosin solder. Made a note of the wiring and where everything has to go. Desoldered and removed - all straight forward and good. Tidied up the old solder.
Then it got fun! Soldered back on the wires to the volume pot. Nice n tidy.
Tinned the wires to the pot for the coil split, soldered them on nicely. Then for some crazy reason, would the grounds solder to the base of the pot?!?!?
Cue an hour of soldering, desoldering, cleaning, soldering. Eventually got it done but I'm displeased by the tidiness of the job. No buzzing so I think it's grounded properly, or at least as well as before and it sounds fine.
Anyway.......... how do these pickups sound? The neck is 8k so sounds (to me) brilliant, gives great bassy tones which nice clear treble. Such a huge improvement over the previous Duncan Designed bucker. The bridge is the overwound 13k bucker and so is crisp and crunchy. It sounds nice on the HT5 clear channel, but I've found it sounds best with a lot of gain. I've not had chance to fully experiment with it yet (I was playing on the neck as the tone was so nice). The bridge pup is a lot better than the stock pickup.
Overall, I'm pleased with the change. I was aiming for a thicker tone and that's what I got. Oh, and pinch harmonics are so much easier to pull off, or it seems like it. Previously the bridge squeals were, well, crap. But now they're great. I can even get neck squeals too - I couldn't before (maybe bad technique).
So now I've got my HT-5 and been playing around with it I'm enjoying the range of tone available by messing with the EQ and gain. Sounds noobish but it made little difference on the GDEC when I had it, so getting this amp and having the controls actually affect the sound is new.
So been playing clean through bluesy through classic rock tones, but now I think I need reverb, delay and chorus. Some reverb just for added presence, delay for Guns stuff and chorus for a bit of Nirvana.
Looking online at the Line 6 gear - the Echopark and Verbzilla. Also looked at the Boss RV5. What to get??
So I decided to order the Digitech Hardwire DL-8. I can't find anywhere doing them for less than £100, and there's nothing second hand.
So, it's on order, hope that Imuso don't take months to get it to me. They look real enough, I looked them up on Google Maps and there's a warehouse where it should be.
Ordered the 9V AC adapter from Amazon, hope it gets here in time for the pedal.
Need to get some patch leads now, I'll probably get Planet Waves as they're pretty decent and I've had no problems with them in the past. Don't think I fancy messing around with a soldering iron again.