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Fast Eddie Clarke’s Loud Rock Rig

Fast Eddie Clarke’s Loud Rock Rig

A buddy of mine recently bought the track “Say What You Will” by Fastway. I remember when the video for that tune first came out – the Internet says it was 1983. Full into my Eddie Van Halen phase, I (and many others!) thought Fastway was “behind the times, man.” The guys looked “old” or […]

October 7, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More
BFG’s Afterburner Gear and Tidbits

BFG’s Afterburner Gear and Tidbits

(Part 3 of 3 on the ’80s BFG) So can we say that the Scholz Rockman was NOT used on Eliminator, and instead Billy used a Legend amp? I’m in that camp – for now. That leaves us what he used on Afterburner, which to my ears has a noticeably “less” woody/meaty guitar tone. To […]

October 5, 2010 | By | Reply More
Engineer: Billy Gibbons’ Eliminator Gear

Engineer: Billy Gibbons’ Eliminator Gear

(Part 2 of 3 on the ’80s BFG) I don’t know about you, but from the vids in part 1, I hear the Rockman more so on Afterburner than Eliminator. His Eliminator tone doesn’t sound all that woody, but it also doesn’t have that hollow, distinct Rockman tone. So maybe we should listen to the […]

September 30, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Gibbons, Eliminator/Afterburner: The Rockman

Gibbons, Eliminator/Afterburner: The Rockman

(Part 1 of 3 on the ’80s BFG) There’s a “rumor” that goes around sometimes that Billy Gibbons used a Scholz Rockman on the Eliminator album. It sure sounds like it, and some swear he said it (see below!). On the other hand, Eliminator engineer Terry Manning says in an oft-quoted forum post that: THERE […]

September 28, 2010 | By | Reply More
A Different Simple Rig: Robbie Blunt

A Different Simple Rig: Robbie Blunt

Do you know who Robbie Blunt is? Sure you do. He’s the guit-slinger who played in Robert Plant’s band during the “Big Log” era – the less-mature of us never forgetting that name because in high school it meant a turd in a bowl (snicker).

September 23, 2010 | By | 8 Replies More
BCC Still Good, Santana…Not So Much

BCC Still Good, Santana…Not So Much

Been listening to the new Black Country Communion album quite a bit, liking it more and more. Listened to the new Santana album 2x – one time too many! Her’s more on both.

September 21, 2010 | By | Reply More
Santana’s Simple (Pretty Much) Rig

Santana’s Simple (Pretty Much) Rig

A couple photos have been kicking around on my desktop for a while now, of Carlos Santana’s amps. Looks pretty cool (below), and you can tell by it that the guy has ears for what he wants. Not a whole lot of schizophrenia going on, at least that’s how I see it. I wasn’t sure […]

September 16, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
Rigs: John (Mayer) vs. Johnny (Ramone)

Rigs: John (Mayer) vs. Johnny (Ramone)

We break down rigs here at WoodyTone. It’s fun, I dig it, you dig it…so, much as I didn’t want to, I eventually clicked on a Premier Guitar video rundown of John Mayer’s rig (below). And….

September 14, 2010 | By | 8 Replies More
EVH’s 2008 Rig Details, Photos

EVH’s 2008 Rig Details, Photos

The one and only Edward Van Halen was roundly criticized for his tone on the most recent VH tour. (Everyone’s a critic on the interweb!) I was at two shows on that tour, one in New Jersey (sounded bad), one in Madison Square Garden (sounded good). Neither guitar tone sounded particularly warm, but then again, […]

September 9, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
Goodbye Zep (**sniff**)

Goodbye Zep (**sniff**)

Well, I suppose that’s it then. Robert Plant re-posted a beehivecity.com article on his website confessing that he had his bollocks cut off in an accident years ago, and that’s why he has no interest in any type of music resembling the powerhouse that was, and apparently never will be again, Led Zeppelin.

September 2, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More
KIA Sportage Commercial Tone: Real Wood!

KIA Sportage Commercial Tone: Real Wood!

Have you seen that commercial for the new Kia Sportage, the red one? Or I guess I should say, Have you heard that commercial? If you have, you may have recognized woody tone jumping out at you from your TV speakers. I did – though I had some trepidation, like “is that a Pod or […]

August 31, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More
Black Country Communion Is Classic Good!

Black Country Communion Is Classic Good!

You remember the buzz about this band? The buzz goes like this: Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes – and former Dream Theater member Derek Sherinian on keys. (No offense to Derek, he’s just not as well known as the first three guys.) The buzz was all about classic rock. Zep’s in the heritage there, […]

August 27, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More
New VH: What Do You Want to Hear?

New VH: What Do You Want to Hear?

Here’s My List! My 8-year-old son makes me listen to only Van Halen and Led Zep in the car (he’s a good kid!), so to keep it interesting I started to pick out some highlights of Dave-era VH albums – and wondered, wouldn’t it be cool to have some of these things on the new […]

August 24, 2010 | By | 20 Replies More
Steve Morse’s Volume/Expression Pedal Setup

Steve Morse’s Volume/Expression Pedal Setup

First of all, Steve Morse! How ’bout it! Love the guy’s playing. Sick, sick stuff, brilliant playing, seen him many a time, mostly with the Steve Morse Band. I watched a recent vid (below) of Steve’s tech, Tommy Alderson, running through Steve’s rig.

August 19, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More
Rundown of Joe Perry’s Mega-Rig: AmpGAS!

Rundown of Joe Perry’s Mega-Rig: AmpGAS!

Well-known fact: Joe Perry loves gear. Or more correctly, he loves gooooood gear. (That reminds me: There’s an interview with an ex-Gibson guy somewhere on the web where he tells how the Gibby folks would bum out whenever Joe and Brad went down to Nashville

August 17, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More