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Lynch’s ’95-Era Gear: Live Rig

Lynch’s ’95-Era Gear: Live Rig

Part 2 In effort to get to the bottom of what George Lynch used in the studio on the cut “Lesser of Two Evils,” here’s a rundown of the live gear he used on that tour (also from an older version of his site), which may give a clue about his studio setup.

March 29, 2011 | By | Reply More
Lynch Tone on ‘Lesser of 2 Evils’

Lynch Tone on ‘Lesser of 2 Evils’

Part 1 Dokken’s Dysfunctional album isn’t great. Maybe not even good. They know it, I know it, now you know it. But there are a couple good tunes on it, and one I’d call great – great hard rock. Not metal, not pop metal, but big guitars, catchy, nice hook, good chorus. George Lynch’s tone […]

March 24, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Review: Bonamassa’s Dust Bowl Clapton-esque

Review: Bonamassa’s Dust Bowl Clapton-esque

It’s no secret that I like Joe Bonamassa. The guy is flying the flag – of blues, blues-rock and classic rock. Works hard too. Tours his butt off and puts out new music like bands used to do in the old days: Black Rock about a year ago, Black Country Communion (they’re touring, so get […]

March 22, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
HipKitty’s Mick Jones Signature Amp

HipKitty’s Mick Jones Signature Amp

Part 2, Protos and Rig Details Three prototype amps were used by Neal at HipKitty to start the R&D process for Mick’s signature head. Neal said two 50w heads were started to form the primary distortion channel and tone circuit. The third proto head was/is a 100-watter “that uses the culmination of the refined distortion/tone […]

March 17, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
HipKitty Working on Mick Jones Signature Amp

HipKitty Working on Mick Jones Signature Amp

Part 1 – Plus Iso Tracks! I love Mick Jones’ stuff. Simple riffs, great song hooks and I love the tone he has on some of the older tunes. It’s Marshall plexi, but…different. I’d always thought I heard something different there, anyway. Maybe it had to do with the odd wiring in his Les Paul. […]

March 15, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Today’s Clapton Auction: Drool-Worthy Items

Today’s Clapton Auction: Drool-Worthy Items

And some oddballs…. As I type this, Bonham’s auction house is auctioning off a bunch of Eric Clapton-owned gear to benefit his Crossroads rehab center. Took a look at the online catalog, and here’s what caught my eye, starting with the coolest stuff:

March 9, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Eric Johnson: Pick Attack Key to Tone

Eric Johnson: Pick Attack Key to Tone

Eric Johnson – the infamous 9v-battery-sniffer, perfectionist and tone/touch maestro – had this to say about how axe-slingers can improve their tone and feel in the recent Guitar Player mag with him on the cover: “[Gear and fine-tuning it] is essential to facilitate the intention of your playing. Second is the way that [you] pick […]

March 7, 2011 | By | Reply More
New Tuneage: Snake, Joe B, King’s X

New Tuneage: Snake, Joe B, King’s X

Man, new music never gets old…not the greatest choice of words but you know what I mean. Here are three that caught my ears recently, might be news to you too. Before getting into it all, just bear this in mind: None of these vids sound remotely like they should, meaning YouTube and the internet […]

March 2, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
More on the DiMarzio Super Distortion

More on the DiMarzio Super Distortion

(Part 2 of 2) From Tuesday’s post you see that Al Di Meola and Ace Frehley were big-time DiMarzio Super Distortion (DSD) users. Who else was in that club? Here’s a partial list, in no particular order: Tom Scholz (still uses) Paul Stanley (used Dual Sound, a coil-tapped DSD) Edward Van Halen (early, modified – […]

February 24, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
The Super Distortion: A Classic Rock Classic

The Super Distortion: A Classic Rock Classic

(Part 1) DiMarzio’s Super Distortion (DSD) pickup doesn’t get a lot of love these days. But it should because it contributed to a lot of classic rock tones, and still can – if you use it right. The DSD was intro’d in 1972, and was the first aftermarket replacement pickup. Its primary attribute was higher […]

February 22, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Sanyo Pedal Juice Review, Pt 2

Sanyo Pedal Juice Review, Pt 2

High Voltage! by John Drenning Okay, I’ll come clean. I have a Big Stupid Pedalboard. It’s a Furman with eight power taps, four power outlets, casters and an extendable handle like the bags flight attendants use. It takes up about the same amount of floor space as a foosball table. On it are two buffered […]

February 18, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More

Gig Test: Sanyo Pedal Juice, Pt 1

by John Drenning How many of you went from being actual rocker to armchair rockers? I’m sure I’m not the only one…otherwise who’s buying all those Paul Reed Smiths?! Played my first show at 17: Hondo Strat copy, Whirlwind coiled cord, Arion Metal Master pedal, and the ultimate sacrilege, silverface Fender Twin with Celestion SideWinders. […]

February 16, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
3 Old Interviews: Hendrix, Walsh, Richards

3 Old Interviews: Hendrix, Walsh, Richards

I’ve had these three old Guitar Player magazine interviews kicking around on my desktop for a while now, decided to wind them up into one post. Interesting stuff, here are the most interesting tone-related excerpts:

February 11, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
3 Early Gary Moore Phases and Gear

3 Early Gary Moore Phases and Gear

Wow. A man dying so young and out of the blue (no apparent sickness or substance abuse) is a body blow in the guitar community. RIP Gary! Had to do a tribute of sorts. Thought for a while about what to do, here’s the result. Hope you enjoy. (Diehard Moore fans, please contribute any gear […]

February 9, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More
Why the Echoplex Boosts So Well

Why the Echoplex Boosts So Well

If you’re way into “guitara obscura” you may know the following. But for the rest of us, this might be news. Let’s start with the Echoplex itself. I’m not going to get into the electronics of the thing, but anyone who’s a fan of classic rock tone knows that the Echoplex was used as much […]

February 3, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More