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Last Word on EVH Pedal Mods?

Last Word on EVH Pedal Mods?

Did Edward Van Halen have his MXR phaser and flanger modded to boost or not? The initial interviews are inconclusive. Exhibit A, from this recent post: I use a phase shifter, a Phase 90 – MXR, I think. It doesn’t really phase – it just kind of gives you treble boost, which I like. Cuts […]

September 14, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
An Open Letter to Doyle Bramhall II

An Open Letter to Doyle Bramhall II

And Sorta Audley Freed Too Doyle, WTF man? I and the many other fans of your tuneage don’t get it. We do get that you’re successful and maybe even happy as a sideman to Clapton, your new beau Sheryl Crow, Roger Waters and whoever else I’m forgetting. You co-write, produce, play, and sing – and […]

September 8, 2011 | By | 11 Replies More
Last Cool Stuff From ’78 EVH Transcript

Last Cool Stuff From ’78 EVH Transcript

Here’s the last of the interesting stuff from the newly published transcript of the entire 1978 interview of Edward Van Halen that Jas Obrecht did for Guitar Player mag. Wish there was a lot more! Guitar Stuff The Shark/Destroyer Jas: Does it have a standard neck? EVH: Yeah. It’s completely stock, really, except for the […]

September 6, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
More ’78 EVH Tidbits: FX, Guitar Setup

More ’78 EVH Tidbits: FX, Guitar Setup

Here we go, more from the newly published transcript of the entire 1978 interview of Edward Van Halen that Jas Obrecht did for Guitar Player mag. Cool stuff. Effects Jas: What about effects? EVH: I use two Echoplexes. I use a flanger just for little subtle touches. I don’t use it for any intros or […]

September 1, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Great Tidbits From the ENTIRE ’78 EVH Interview

Great Tidbits From the ENTIRE ’78 EVH Interview

Wooooooo-hooooooooo! Stoked! The earliest interview we have of Edward Van Halen is the one Jas Obrecht did that ran in the July (and then November) 1978 issue of Guitar Player magazine. But we weren’t reading everything Jas had on tape because just like with any print interview, what’s published is cropped way down. At the […]

August 30, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
More On Fighting for Woody Tone

More On Fighting for Woody Tone

You have to fight for wood. Don’t think you can name one example of woody tone that came effortlessly for a player. (Anyone? Maybe a Dumble user?) Along those lines, here are a couple quotes that’ll at least make you think, maybe also get you to turn down the Master Vol, play a little louder […]

August 25, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Doing a 180 On the MXR 6-Band

Doing a 180 On the MXR 6-Band

I have an early ’80s MXR 6-band EQ (pictured). Can’t remember exactly why I bought it (new), but had to be because of Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, my two guit-wielding idols at the time. Even though Ed used the 6-band and Randy used the 10-band, Randy may have been more of an influence […]

August 23, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More
Calling Dr. Love: Wood!

Calling Dr. Love: Wood!

Even if you’re not a KISS fan or hate KISS or Gene Simmons or whatever, give this tune another listen – the original studio version, not the redo. Make it a loud listen. Why: > This whole album (Rock and Roll Over) has woody guitars all over it – because it was produced by Eddie […]

August 19, 2011 | By | 11 Replies More
Awesome A-G-D: AIC ‘Down In a Hole’

Awesome A-G-D: AIC ‘Down In a Hole’

Been a loooooong time since I’d heard the Alice in Chains tune “Down In a Hole” until it hit the car radio the other day. First thing that hit me: What a unique use of a standard bottom-of-neck chord progression. And the tune sounded so dang good! Of course guit-slinger Jerry Cantrell has an uber-distorted […]

August 17, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
The Rest of Steve Morse’s 1978 Gear

The Rest of Steve Morse’s 1978 Gear

Here’s the rest of Steve Morse’s 1978 gear, from an excellent interview with Jas Obrecht. It’s a much longer interview than what you’ve seen here, worth a full read. Btw, the interview was not for Guitar World per the pic at left. Just used that cover shot because it’s a great close-up of Steve’s original […]

August 9, 2011 | By | Reply More
Who Is This? (Not Who You Think)

Who Is This? (Not Who You Think)

In a 1978 interview for Guitar Player magazine, this guitar-slinger said the following: > He created his own guitar by mixing and matching parts from Fender instruments. > Part of the creation was chiseling out a spot so he could put a humbucker in the guitar. > The pickups were directly mounted to the wood.

August 4, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
New Chixfoot: Can You Hear the Marshall?

New Chixfoot: Can You Hear the Marshall?

“Big Foot” is the new Chickenfoot tune being release to radio (what’s that? lol) today, and…I like it! The #1 reason: MARSHALL. You can hear a big difference, an evolution from Joe Satriani’s big round solo-artist tone to a more rock tone – harsher (in a good way), less bassy/muddy (in a band setting), more […]

August 2, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More
More AC/DC Deets: Recording, Amps, Gear

More AC/DC Deets: Recording, Amps, Gear

Fascinating stuff. Ran across it when fact-checking the previous post. Enjoy.

July 29, 2011 | By | Reply More
Boost: Angus’ Back in Black Secret?

Boost: Angus’ Back in Black Secret?

These days everyone uses or knows someone who uses a boost pedal. But back in the day, it wasn’t nearly as common. Of course there were the Dallas Rangemaster and Horny (oops, yes I typed it that way: Hornby) Skewes Treble Booster, and a few lesser-known boxes (e.g., the Colorsound). But they didn’t seem to […]

July 26, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
How 3 Monkeys Amps Are Created

How 3 Monkeys Amps Are Created

Yes, Brad Whitford Can Solder! Earlier this week we posted about how one of the simians behind 3 Monkeys Amps (Greg Howard) changed the tone of a reissue Les Paul to be like a real ’59 Burst for one of the other simians (Brad Whitford). I’ve heard and played through 3 Monkeys amps, and can […]

July 21, 2011 | By | Reply More