You can fatten/distort your tone, brighten or mellow it out, add or subtract bass, and even add harmonics. If you use single coils and a bit of gain, or you use a longer signal chain through several effects you need this. This thing is built for the road with a heavy polished chrome chassis, almost identical to Boss size.inlay), (pickups), (case). Although Ive had a number of Vandenbergs in the past, this is the first Vandenberg Custom Ive had, or even held.This is the latest and definitely best of Fulltone's Fat Boost line, curing Version 1s huge bass increase and dull high-end issues. From a distance its easily distinguishable by the custom Vandenberg inlays but the main difference is this is a neck through model, rather than the common bolt-on.The only structural difference I can see, and one I like, is the gloss finish body on the USA Professional instead of the Highways satin body. Output of 6.6K neck and 7.2K bridge is closer to a vintage output than later versions. Made in Germany like all the best Sennheiser mics, this is a good choice for guitar cabinet/amp micing.
In addition, it has been wired for the volume controls on top; tones on bottom, rather than side/side.The pickups are both humbucker, installed at a 2-4 degree slant to run parallel to the tilted body shape which is designed to eliminate the string spacing problem when Gibson pickups are combined with Fender spaced tremolos.The body, neck and headstock all have matching colors, which on this particular guitar is called 62 Blue.Not a 10 top but on another day I think it could have made the grade. Neck/middle pickups are Vintage Noiseless, which were Fender's premium pickups for the era and still preferred over many players today due to their traditional tone, but without the hum of vintage single coils - plus this HSS model had Fender's "new" DH-1 "Enforcer" humbucker in the bridge for the best of both worlds. I think Music Man is among the cream of the crop for American made guitars. Features include African mahogany body with high gloss poly finish, Music Man Modern tremolo with vintage bent steel saddles, 3-play black pickguard, 25.5" scale, 10" fretboard radius, 22 tall/medium stainless steel frets, 1-5/8" nut width, select natural-aged maple neck with rounded back and satin poly finish, select rosewood fretboard, Schaller M6 locking tuners with 4/2 headstock configuration, 5-bolt neck attachment for perfect alignment and zero shifting, sculpted neck joint for smooth access to higher frets, electronic Shielding Chrome plated aluminum control cover, 500kohm volume and tone pots with .022F tone capacitor, 3-way toggle pickup selector and a pair of Music Man custom wound humbuckers with chrome covers.This one even comes with an extra pickguard in black pearl, in case the all-black motif isnt to your liking. Dont spend 99 on a new one when you can have this beauty, with an extra pickguard, for 99.