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Tipton’s ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin” Gear

Tipton’s ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin” Gear

Cool riff, cool tune, cool lead and a WET tone. That’s what I hear and have always heard in the Judas Priest tune “Another Thing Comin’,” off 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance. While I of course know it’s a two-guitar band, I always think of the chords/riff and Glenn Tipton’s solo on this tune, hence the […]

August 12, 2010 | By | 5 Replies More
You Can/Can’t Sound Like EVH

You Can/Can’t Sound Like EVH

The latest of the perennial debates about Edward Van Halen’s early tone/rig, the post You Too Can Sound Like Angus and this AmpGAS! post got me thinking: Can anyone with decent chops – say, “Running With the Devil,” “You Really Got Me,” “Dance the Night Away,” maybe “Everybody Wants Some” and “Unchained” – get close […]

August 10, 2010 | By | Reply More
Vids: Badlands, Extreme, Schon/Hammer, Bonus

Vids: Badlands, Extreme, Schon/Hammer, Bonus

A Friday, summer, time for some good music. Today we have an unreleased Badlands tune (not the one at right), an Extreme tune from their last album (very good), a blast from the past by Neal Schon and Jan Hammer (funny MTV vid) and…a bonus track. Enjoy!

August 6, 2010 | By | Reply More
Neal Schon on Rigs, Santana, EVH and…Salami

Neal Schon on Rigs, Santana, EVH and…Salami

Neal Schon famously toured with Santana when he (Neal) was 15. He then bolted with a couple of bandmates and co-founded one of the biggest U.S. rock bands, Journey. He has chops and feel, plays great blues and apparently is a cool dude. What’s not to like about this guy? Here’s more about his experience, […]

August 4, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More
Neal Schon’s Early Journey Gear

Neal Schon’s Early Journey Gear

I have a few buds who still laugh at me for digging Journey. I think it’s the Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain-driven “Don’t Stop Believin’” stuff that gets them laughing because after the chuckle they’re always like, “Neal Schon, great player.” “F-in A right!” as they say, or used to, in Patterson, N.J. Neal is a […]

August 2, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More
‘Bad Company’ the Tune, New Version

‘Bad Company’ the Tune, New Version

Quick story: I know a guy, good guy, in his 20s, did a tour in Iraq, National Guard, infantry, fought in most of the big battles, saw a lot of bad stuff, put a lot of notches on his gun.

July 30, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Rich Robinson’s Defunct Hookah Brown: Tone!

Rich Robinson’s Defunct Hookah Brown: Tone!

Oh man. When a WoodyTone reader hipped me to Hookah Brown (thanks again Greg!), I was elated and bummed at the same time. Elated because it’s just so good, and is what I wish the Black Crowes would sound like: A little heavier, more space in the tunes, different singing. But the band was already […]

July 27, 2010 | By | Reply More
Vids! DeMartini, Maiden, Audley Freed…

Vids! DeMartini, Maiden, Audley Freed…

Here are some vids you have to see if you haven’t already. Doesn’t need more explanation than that so….

July 23, 2010 | By | Reply More
The Final Word About EVH’s Super Lead? (Pt. 2)

The Final Word About EVH’s Super Lead? (Pt. 2)

Today we continue with John Suhr “talking” – actually posting, in a looooong thegearpage.net thread – about his experience with EVH’s magical Marshall Super Lead amp. We pick it up with John’s comments to some doubters:

July 21, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More
The Final Word About EVH’s Super Lead?

The Final Word About EVH’s Super Lead?

John Suhr! A hundred years from now there will be mythology about Edward Van Halen’s early VH signal chain. But right now the unending discussions about it (which I am not denigrating!) are largely rumor or misinformation resulting from some version of the telephone game: someone heard/read something, told someone else, etc. Mostly. But once […]

July 19, 2010 | By | 7 Replies More
Alex Lifeson’s 2010 Amp Rig

Alex Lifeson’s 2010 Amp Rig

Below are two recent vids posted by German amp company Hughes & Kettner going over Alex Lifeson’s 2010 Time Machine tour Rush rig. In brief, he’s running

July 14, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More
It’s the Amp! You Too Can Sound Like Angus

It’s the Amp! You Too Can Sound Like Angus

To follow up on the “amp as an instrument” post: I stumbled upon this here vid of Anthrax’s Scott Ian playing through Angus Young’s rig this year. I will leave it to your discerning ears to agree or disagree, but to me it sounds “like” Angus.

July 12, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Is Your Amp A Tonal Instrument? It Should Be!

Is Your Amp A Tonal Instrument? It Should Be!

Is it? Do you consider it one? You should. Because your amp – a good amp – is at least 50% of your tone (not including your fingers) and it’s what you and other people actually hear. If it wasn’t that important, you would just get the cleanest amp/speaker combo you could find to faithfully […]

July 8, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More
Black F-ing Dog! Jimmy Used…No Amp

Black F-ing Dog! Jimmy Used…No Amp

F the iPod, my brothers. Nothing sounds as good as blasting tunes out of speakers, particularly in the car. I don’t know what it is – the enclosed space, the audio engineering, the proliferation of high-end audio stuff in vehicles…. Don’t know and don’t care. The bottom line for me is that when I crank […]

July 2, 2010 | By | Reply More
A Look at EVH’s 1st Interview, Part 2

A Look at EVH’s 1st Interview, Part 2

What did Edward Van Halen really say about his early tone? Did he really mean it? What can we read into it? Following is the remainder of the tone-related excerpts from the November 1978 Guitar Player interview (part 1 is here). Commentary by yours truly.

June 30, 2010 | By | 5 Replies More