Anyone remember that song “Fantasy”? (If not, it’s below.) I liked it, though it did remind of a Jefferson Starship tune – which will be the subject of the next post.
Off and on I’ve tried to track down info on the gear Aldo used on that tune, since he apparently played all the parts including the solo. (He obviously knows how to play – check out the video, including the pickup switch at the end of the solo.)
At a minimum he used his tobacco-burst Les Paul Standard. Looks like it had replacement pickups, but what were they? At the time (1981) DiMarzios were far more common than Duncans, but it’s questionable whether they have the open pole pieces that would make them Super Distortions. They also seem more white than cream.
But Aldo does get some crunchy distortion on the tune. In the vid below, you can see he’s using what look like early Marshall JMPs, the first Marshall master volume heads, still with the smaller Marshall logo and four inputs (please check me on this Marshall experts).
Beyond that, is there some chorus in there? An overdrive box of some sort? A different amp? Some studio tomfoolery? Who knows. Apparently no one took notes at the time, or at least never published anything about it that I could find.
At that time, all traditional axes like Les Pauls and Strats were uncool and getting colder fast. So Gibson jumped all over this hit and got a deal going with Aldo – which resulted in this, the Aldo Nova Les Paul:
Now it looks just plain wrong, doesn’t it? Gibby trying to be hip….