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Mick Jones’ Early Foreigner Gear

Mick Jones’ Early Foreigner Gear

Foreigner is a funny band. One of their songs will cause you to change the station, another will cause you to crank it up – because Mick Jones can throw out cool riffs. I’ve always been curious about the specifics of Mick’s early Foreigner gear, but there isn’t much info on the web about it. […]

November 17, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More
The Last Word on Where EVH First Saw Tapping?

The Last Word on Where EVH First Saw Tapping?

If it’s worth getting to the bottom of this question – and, strangely, IMO it isn’t (assuming it’s possible) – comes the latest and maybe last unearthed fact in the “where did Edward Van Halen learn to ‘tap’?” question. (Not really tap, as those are harmonics. It’s right-handed hammer-ons, but no one uses that mouthful. […]

November 16, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More
Slash Using a Tele: Can You Hear It?

Slash Using a Tele: Can You Hear It?

Most people swore Jimmy Page only used a Les Paul, but we now know about the Fender Telecasters. Jimi Hendrix apparently used a Tele on the Purple Haze solo. Virtually everyone thinks Steve Gaines used a Strat on Skynyrd’s “I Know a Little,” but it turns out it might have been a Les Paul. Point […]

November 13, 2009 | By | Reply More
George Lynch on EVH Back in the Day

George Lynch on EVH Back in the Day

Well, I guess it’s George Lynch week here at WoodyTone. Read this again yesterday and remembered that I forgot to note it at the time. Here’s George Lynch on Eddie Van Halen’s influence back in the day, from a Guitar Player interview (and other sources, below) – and remember that the “big three” players that […]

November 11, 2009 | By | Reply More
George Lynch’s Woody Smoke & Mirrors Gear

George Lynch’s Woody Smoke & Mirrors Gear

Part 2 of 2; Plus George’s Vintage Parts Guitars If you read part 1 of the Lynch Mob’s Smoke and Mirrors review, you know I’m digging the album. (I’m also really digging Lynch’s Souls of We disc – more on that in a future post.) But what’s odd about it, from a Lynch standpoint, is […]

November 10, 2009 | By | Reply More
Review: Lynch Mob’s Smoke & Mirrors Really Good!

Review: Lynch Mob’s Smoke & Mirrors Really Good!

Part 1 of a 2-parter Wicked Sensation. That was George Lynch’s first post-Dokken “solo” album (the band was called Lynch Mob), and it was incredible. Still is. Great songs, great singing, great gainy tone, great playing and some of the most mind-altering solos you will ever hear. For me, it’s one of the best albums […]

November 6, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Slash’s ‘New’ Favorite Les Paul

Slash’s ‘New’ Favorite Les Paul

If you’re a diehard Slash fan, you might know this already, but it was news to me – interesting news. Lately, Slash has been spotted playing only a Les Paul (no surprise), but one that is not one of his many signature Les Pauls (a surprise). Naturally lots of people have been curious about the […]

November 4, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Leslie West’s ‘Mississippi Queen’ Tone

Leslie West’s ‘Mississippi Queen’ Tone

Everybody – every famous guit-slinger – loves Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen.” The meanness of the riff (literally too mean for daytime radio at that time – it was played only on night radio), the hugeness of the tone and the vocals…. If I can sound like a talking head for a sec, the tune is an […]

November 2, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Expert Says: Don’t Toss Marginal Tubes

Expert Says: Don’t Toss Marginal Tubes

Tubes = wood. Some brands of tubes may give you more wood than others. All tubes are not alike. That’s why when buying tubes, you should know what you’re doing – or talk to/buy from someone who does.

October 30, 2009 | By | Reply More
New Gov’t Mule! BFG on ‘Broke Down…’

New Gov’t Mule! BFG on ‘Broke Down…’

Yeah! Gov’t Mule’s first studio release in 3 years is out now, called By a Thread. I’m stoked. I mean, not only is it Warren and Mule, Les Pauls and big amps, it’s new music – and, if that wasn’t enough, the first tune has Billy Gibbons on it. The only way this could be […]

October 29, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Semi-Lost Interview: Rhoads on His Gear

Semi-Lost Interview: Rhoads on His Gear

I’ve been a Randy Rhoads fan ever since I heard the Blizzard of Ozz album. Many people can say the same thing. I’ve read all the guitar magazine interviews (Guitar Player only?) with Randy, and while I can’t quote from them verbatim, I know the gist of his gear details. It also seems to me […]

October 27, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
Just Stupidly Great Guitar-Playing

Just Stupidly Great Guitar-Playing

Vai and Crimson I think that headline is self-explanatory. So here you go: first Steve Vai playing Zappa, then King Crimson playing ‘Elephant Talk.’ Re: Elephant Talk, I’d never heard that song before – or anything remotely like that song – which several of my buds could not believe. Maybe you’re in the same boat!

October 26, 2009 | By | Reply More
A Couple Tunes You May Not Have Heard

A Couple Tunes You May Not Have Heard

From Gary Cherone and George Lynch For the weekend, here are a couple of songs you may not have heard before – that, while not strictly woody, are pretty cool. I dig ‘em, anyway.

October 23, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Review: KISS’s Sonic Boom Good, Single Great

Review: KISS’s Sonic Boom Good, Single Great

Full Track by Track Review After numerous listens to the Sonic Boom CD, that’s where I come out: good album, great single – and bear in mind that I’m a huge, long-time KISS fan. Don’t misread that. This is the best KISS record since 1979’s Dynasty (obviously I’m not a fan of the ’80s KISS […]

October 22, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
32 Years Today: Steve Gaines Remembered

32 Years Today: Steve Gaines Remembered

How To Play ‘I Know a Little;’ Played on a Les Paul? Thirty-two years ago today, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane went down and we lost one of the greatest guitar players ever to walk out on a stage: 28-year-old Steve Gaines. Steve was an absolute monster. Couple quotes to that effect (if you read nothing else, […]

October 20, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More