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How to Make a Les Paul Aerosmith-Worthy

How to Make a Les Paul Aerosmith-Worthy

If a pedigree counts for something, and it always does, it’s tough to beat the three simians that founded 3 Monkeys Amps. The equation goes something like this: Greg Howard: guitar tech to the stars including Brad Whitford, the Black Crowes, etc. + Ossie Ahsen: tech and owner of the former (and highly regarded) Blockhead […]

July 19, 2011 | By | Reply More
Are the Down-Tuners Getting It?

Are the Down-Tuners Getting It?

This week I clicked on a video link embedded in an email from Bare Knuckle pickups – whose pickups I haven’t yet tried but sorely want to because it seems like they get it. “Get it” means that I think that whoever’s designing over there has good ears and a good feel for what people […]

July 14, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
The Smithereens: Guitars, Amps, That’s It

The Smithereens: Guitars, Amps, That’s It

My buddies convinced me to go see The Smithereens Sunday night, a free outdoor show at “Maplewoodstock” in Maplewood, NJ. I’ve never been a Smithereens fan, and never not been a Smithereens fan, if you know what I mean. Knew a couple songs from the radio back in the day when rock was on and […]

July 12, 2011 | By | Reply More
Simple Stuff: Skunk and Joe

Simple Stuff: Skunk and Joe

This post started out as a quest to find out who played the solo on Donna Summer’s disco hit “Hot Stuff,” and what the gear was. Turns out it was Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of Steely Dan, the Doobie Bros, must sit on a chair live and – as it applies to “Hot Stuff” – studio […]

July 6, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
More on Ed’s Shark: Pickups, Color

More on Ed’s Shark: Pickups, Color

Seems from photos that EVH did not change the stock Destroyer pickups until sometime after he chainsawed the guitar. Since Ed constantly messed with just about everything, this is very odd. So what does it tell us? He liked the stock Super 70 pickups. Why? Probably because they were (or sounded like) a higher-output pickup. […]

July 1, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
What We Know About EVH’s Shark, Part 1

What We Know About EVH’s Shark, Part 1

The most recent issue of Guitar World mag included the pic at left, one of several images recently unearthed of the 1977 Van Halen. Props to GW for devoting some space to it, but the accompanying text doesn’t accurately reflect Ed’s Ibanez Destroyer, later to be known as the Shark. So here’s what “we” – […]

June 29, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Skynyrd’s Saturday Night Special: Wood!

Skynyrd’s Saturday Night Special: Wood!

Been listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s KILLER album One More From the Road in the car lately. I mean, come on. One of the best rock bands ever, one of the best albums ever. I’m struck by:

June 24, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Fender Princeton: Small Package, Big Wood

Fender Princeton: Small Package, Big Wood

Recently saw a short blog post on GuitarPlayer.com called “Desert Island Amp,” by guitarist guitarist and studio whiz Carl Verheyen. I read it, checked out a couple YouTube vids (I know, not great for tone, but not going by them alone), and am sold: I’m looking for an old Fender Princeton, which can be had […]

June 21, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More
What to Learn from Gibbons Rig Rundown

What to Learn from Gibbons Rig Rundown

If you haven’t heard or seen it yet, Premier Guitar recently put up a 17.5-minute Billy Gibbons rig rundown via Billy’s tech, Elwood Francis. This is a seminal event because Billy has kept his rig deets pretty tight…but honestly, there’s not much new stuff in it. Really wish PG had read the most popular WoodyTone […]

June 17, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
NY/NJ Amp Show Finds! Part 3

NY/NJ Amp Show Finds! Part 3

Booya!, Ark, Evil Robot, Pedals… Don’tcha just love the smell of hot tubes? A cookin’ amp is one key to Woody Tone, and as I’ve said, the Amp Show was full of Wood. Here are some more finds from the recent NY/NJ Amp Show – but know that I unfortunately didn’t make it to every […]

June 14, 2011 | By | Reply More
NY/NJ Amp Show Finds! Part 2

NY/NJ Amp Show Finds! Part 2

In this part of the 2011 NY/NJ Amp Show “review” I take a look at the other two builders and amps that really stood out for me. Part 3 will take a look at some other amps/builders – still killer – as well as a few pedals I liked (and I don’t like pedals!).

June 9, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
NY/NJ Amp Show Finds! Part 1

NY/NJ Amp Show Finds! Part 1

The Amp Show was AWESOME. Walk into any room, plug in and you get sho-nuff T-O-N-E of the Woody variety. And there most definitely was variety, all of it woody. I didn’t hear a bad amp or even anything approaching a bad amp, and didn’t expect to – though there was one that was a […]

June 7, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Amp Show! Or Visit Your Local Builder

Amp Show! Or Visit Your Local Builder

A scenario: You live near a busy highway. The noise outside your apartment/flat bugs you, but you get used to it. When your lease is up you move a few blocks away, and man, it seems a lot quieter. Years later you move to the country, beyond the suburbs, and the first day there you […]

June 3, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Some Random But Good EVH Stuff

Some Random But Good EVH Stuff

Nice weather here in Jersey, finally, feels like Friday, like I should be typing this with a beer next to me. It’s all putting me in the mood for Van Halen’s sunny SoCal music. So while I let ‘er rip on the stereo computer, here’s some fun EVH stuff for ya. And of course, while fun, […]

May 26, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
1st Listen: BCC2 Rocks – Again!

1st Listen: BCC2 Rocks – Again!

Hasn’t even been a year since the first Black Country Communion (BCC) record came out, and the guys have already cut another one. That’s awesome, but even better is that the new one absolutely rocks! These guys are keeping the classic rock flame alive big-time. If you need a reminder, BCC is the “supergroup” consisting […]

May 24, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More