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Vintage Gear = ‘Historical Nonsense?’

Vintage Gear = ‘Historical Nonsense?’

To get WoodyTone, you almost always have to have vintage gear, or reproductions of vintage gear. That’s just the way it is. Wood, not wood smothered in inch-thick polyester finishes. Tubes, not modeling. Analog, not digital. There’s a general consensus in the guitar world that older is better: the wood in older guitars has aged; […]

February 12, 2009 | By | Reply More
Yngwie Can Play

Yngwie Can Play

Of course he can! But apparently there’s some doubt out there, as if all the stuff Yngwie Malmsteen does is “flash” or whatever. I’ve heard him get made fun of in some guitar and metalhead circles, and I have to wonder why. Yeah, he has been conceited over the years, but that seems to have […]

February 10, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Plant on Zep Tour, EVH on DLR

Plant on Zep Tour, EVH on DLR

Plus some of EVH’s standard fibbing! Quick tidbits, starting with Robert Plant on not wanting to the the Zep reunion — via a radio interview you can listen to here:

February 5, 2009 | By | Reply More
Cool Jeff Beck Les Paul Vids

Cool Jeff Beck Les Paul Vids

Plus a gear explanation! Another good find by the folks at Gibson.com, this time of rare Jeff Beck vids on YouTube. Gibson is promoting the new Jeff Beck signature oxblood Les Paul, so they’re naturally doing quite a few Beck-related items of late. This one is way cool for any Beck, Les Paul or tone […]

February 3, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
Get to Know Buddy Whittington

Get to Know Buddy Whittington

Never heard of Buddy Whittington? I hadn’t either until I stumbled across a post about him on a guitar chat room recently. I’m glad I clicked on the YouTube link. Buddy has it all, and then some: chops, WoodyTone to the bone – and pipes! From what I could discern through a little surfing, sounds […]

February 2, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Duane Allman, Clapton, Bonamassa Tone Details

Duane Allman, Clapton, Bonamassa Tone Details

From the folks at Gibson.com – who do a heck of a lot better job with their website than their Fender counterparts – are these tidbits of WoodyTone detail about Duane Allman, Eric Clapton (his Gibby-related “woman tone”), and fleet-fingered tonemeister Joe Bonamassa.

January 30, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Lynch Rock Tone, Vintage-Style Gear

Lynch Rock Tone, Vintage-Style Gear

George Lynch of Dokken fame tends to provoke fairly strong like/don’t like reactions from guitar-slingers. I’m a little perplexed by that, probably because I’m in the “like” camp. Obviously George can play like a house on fire, and his work with Dokken and particularly on the first Lynch Mob disc is simply great. He has […]

January 28, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Is the New EVH Pickup ‘the’ Pickup? Sorta!

Is the New EVH Pickup ‘the’ Pickup? Sorta!

The Edward Van Halen and Fender-backed “EVH” brand will soon be selling what they’re calling the EVH Frankenstein Humbucker – which implies that it’s a copy of “the” pickup in Ed’s first and main axe for many years, the Frankenstein, aka Frankie. That’s the guitar that was white with black stripes and then had red […]

January 26, 2009 | By | 6 Replies More
News Roundup: Vox, Peavey, 5/8 Zep, F China!, RIP DR

News Roundup: Vox, Peavey, 5/8 Zep, F China!, RIP DR

I’m a little burnt from writing my treatise for Monday’s WoodyTone entry, so here’s a WoodyTone-related roundup of “stuff.” Vox Reading Speaking of treatise, a new, definitive treatise on Vox amps is out – though the only person I can recall using a Vox amp in a rock context is Brian May. Kennedy Did Try […]

January 23, 2009 | By | Reply More
New Chickenfoot ‘Tune’

New Chickenfoot ‘Tune’

Plus Sammy skull-cracks just about everybody (Dave, Eddie, Slash, Ronnie Montrose, Gary Cherone) – nicely! You may recall that Chickenfoot was the stand-in name, and now looks like the official name, of the Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) super group. They said an album and tour were coming […]

January 22, 2009 | By | Reply More
Gibson Releases Beck Oxblood Repro

Gibson Releases Beck Oxblood Repro

Gibson must be doing well with their reproductions of famous guitars because it just announced another one: the Jeff Beck “blow by Blow” Oxblood Les Paul. Very cool if you’ve got the $$$. Gibson.com has the full story and specs but here’s the story behind Jeff acquiring the heavily modded guitar, which I didn’t know:

January 21, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Best NAMM Vids So Far

Best NAMM Vids So Far

Yours truly scrolled through all 700+ Winter 2009 NAMM show YouTube vidoes (and a few others) to find the best vids uploaded so far – WoodyTone-wise, that is – and they are below, in no particular order. Tone-wise, my favorites are the Wizard amps – I believe Wizards are made by Angus Young’s roadie and […]

January 20, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Ace Gets Wronged, Big Time!

Ace Gets Wronged, Big Time!

First the disclaimers: I have nothing against Tommy Thayer, whose band Black ‘n Blue I really liked and who seems to do a good job filling the slot of one of my absolute favorite guitar players, the one and only Ace Frehley. Nor do I have anything against KISS, meaning Paul and Gene, one of […]

January 15, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Purple Haze: Octavia With a Tele

Purple Haze: Octavia With a Tele

Just in case you thought Jimi Hendrix played the entire album version of Purple Haze with a Strat – as if anyone would think differently – apparently he didn’t, at least for the parts on which an Octavia was used. This just in, from an interview of Roger Mayer by the folks at PremierGuitar.com. Here’s […]

January 14, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
Gibson Dark Fire Kinda Cool

Gibson Dark Fire Kinda Cool

Gotta admit, the vid looks pretty cool – in a techy kind of way. What the heck is the Gibson Dark Fire? Until today, I had no idea other than it was a newfangled $3,499 MSRP Les Paul crammed with electronic gizmos, the shipping or QC (quality control) of which caused delays in shipping the […]

January 13, 2009 | By | Reply More