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‘The Cream’-era Clapton: 9s, All on 10

‘The Cream’-era Clapton: 9s, All on 10

Once in a while Guitar Player sends out these “flashback” emails of old interviews. One semi-recent one was Eric Clapton in June 1970, daddy-o. Although that was post-Cream – or “the Cream,” as it was called back then – he talked about his gear in Cream. Here are the juicy deets plus some notes: GP: […]

December 7, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
’98 Skynyrd Gear Details, Part 2

’98 Skynyrd Gear Details, Part 2

Strings, Picks, Slides, RVZ Part 1 was all about guitars, amps and effects (none!) used by the ’98 Skynyrd guitar trio of Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke and Hughie Thomasson. Here are some more details, plus some reflections about the great Ronnie Van Zant.

December 2, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Gear Details for the ‘98 Skynyrd

Gear Details for the ‘98 Skynyrd

Part 1 I love Lynyrd Skynyrd. One of the greatest bands ever IMO. I never got a chance to see the original band live, but was days away from going to a Rossington-Collins Band show

November 30, 2010 | By | Reply More
Aha! Jimmy Page Used 8s!

Aha! Jimmy Page Used 8s!

If you were around when Stevie Ray Vaughan was king of the guitar scene, you witnessed guit-heads going nuts about two things: old Strats and heavy gauge strings. Not at all strange for people to want to copy that era’s guitar hero, and to Stevie’s credit both of those things are still important to the […]

November 23, 2010 | By | 8 Replies More
Seymour Duncan’s Perspective on Tone

Seymour Duncan’s Perspective on Tone

As everyone knows, to some extent “tone” is ultimately in the hands and heart. But your favorite guitar hero through a POS amp is going to sound like – someone with that guy’s chops through a POS amp. Won’t be the same as through the pro’s chosen rig, no way.

November 22, 2010 | By | Reply More
EVH Frankie Wood Mystery Deepens…

EVH Frankie Wood Mystery Deepens…

…A Little What exactly was the body wood of Edward Van Halen’s Frankie guitar? That’s one of life’s unanswered questions. It’s literally possible no one knows anymore, and the forensics of guitar wood aren’t exactly a scientific discipline. But we just got one more little piece of this ongoing puzzle.

November 19, 2010 | By | 6 Replies More
King’s X: ‘Dogman’ All Killer, Tabor’s Rig

King’s X: ‘Dogman’ All Killer, Tabor’s Rig

How sweet is it to put in a disc you haven’t heard for a while and have this great music pour out at you? Maybe your iPod pulls up a random “haven’t heard that in a while” tune, which is cool, but it’s not the same as having an entire album of slammin’ tuneage banging […]

November 16, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
Dime Liked EVH Brown Tone

Dime Liked EVH Brown Tone

Dime! Never was a huge fan of Pantera, but loved Dimebag Darrell’s playing (“Cowboys From Hell” is the meanest blues scale riff ever), his interaction with his bro/drummer Vinnie Paul and though I never got to meet the guy by all accounts he was a sweetheart. He was also born the same year as me, […]

November 10, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More
Joe Perry: Less Gain Rocks!

Joe Perry: Less Gain Rocks!

You’ve probably read or heard that even if you like distortion, it’s best to play with as little as possible – a la the Young bros, EVH, Yngwie and many others who like warm tone. That said, it can be very tough to do that, for the following reasons: > Playing with a lot of […]

November 8, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
EVH, Frampton and Jose-Modded Amps

EVH, Frampton and Jose-Modded Amps

And The Beatles As we learned earlier this week, the slammin’, woody heart of Peter Frampton’s current live rig is a ’70s 100w Marshall head modified by José Arredondo. Yes, the same José who modified Eddie Van Halen’s “grail” head and who knows what else. That makes at least three famous players – EVH, Frampton […]

October 28, 2010 | By | 6 Replies More
Frampton Is a Tone Freak…

Frampton Is a Tone Freak…

… and don’t we love it! Finally getting to some long-delayed reading and was checking out the June 2010 issue of Guitar World with Keith Richards on the cover. In little letters on the right it says “Plus Peter Frampton,” and that’s where I turned first. Glad I did, good interview.

October 26, 2010 | By | Reply More
Moore’s Still Got the Blues: Green and Gear

Moore’s Still Got the Blues: Green and Gear

Here’s part 2 of a look back at when Gary Moore first got back into the blues and, in some ways, Les Pauls. Excerpts are from an October 1990 Guitar Player interview, and all quotes are Gary’s. Before getting into the gear and gear approach he took on Still Got the Blues, here’s a bit […]

October 22, 2010 | By | Reply More
Gary Moore ‘Still Got the Blues’ Interview

Gary Moore ‘Still Got the Blues’ Interview

Part 1 Revisited an October 1990 Guitar Player interview of Gary Moore recently, an issue with Michael Hedges on the cover (love Hedges, RIP). Everyone takes Gary’s Les Paul and blues for granted now, so it was interesting to read again what a risk it was for him to drop hard rock for the blues, […]

October 20, 2010 | By | Reply More
More Woody Crunch: Scorps’ ‘I Can’t Explain’

More Woody Crunch: Scorps’ ‘I Can’t Explain’

I dig this version of The Who tune. It’s another simple Scorpions tune, somehow executed with AC/DC-like perfection. And when I heard it recently, I dug the crunchy guitar tone. Only question is, What the heck was it?

October 15, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Woody Crunch: Mustaine’s Countdown Gear

Woody Crunch: Mustaine’s Countdown Gear

Once again was listening to the semi-miraculous satellite radio the other day, and the Megadeth tune “Skin O’ My Teeth” came on. Now, I’m not a huge Megadeth (nor chip-on-the-shoulder Mustaine) fan, but do have a couple Megadeth discs and usually enjoy the rhythms, attitude and tight playing of that band. So while my finger […]

October 13, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More