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Fair Warning Tone Ain’t All the Same

Fair Warning Tone Ain’t All the Same

Got it in my head to figure out which Van Halen song tones – not album tones – I liked the most. Started with Fair Warning, whose balls I just can’t get enough of…which doesn’t sound so good but you get what I mean. Listen to it cranked in my car because that’s the only […]

March 24, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Test Drive: DiMarzio Tele Tone Zone Rocks!

Test Drive: DiMarzio Tele Tone Zone Rocks!

Last year at some point I fell in love with the DiMarzio “made-for-the-Ernie Ball/Music Man-EVH-model guitar” hummers. Don’t know if they have an exact name, and they’re not sold to anyone except EB/MM. I have ‘em in an old ash Axis Sport – killer guitar. Those pickups: Each string stands out, stands up and sounds […]

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Pondering VH’s Fair Warning Tone

Pondering VH’s Fair Warning Tone

LOVE the first four Van Halen albums. Always have, always will. Love the rest too, including the Van Hagar years (oops, forgot about VH III…), but those first four vinyl donuts are to me and many others just the nads. The nadliest of nads. They’re a band kicking the world’s butt in every way, and […]

December 5, 2012 | By | 27 Replies More
Q&A: DiMarzio’s Steve Blucher On…

Q&A: DiMarzio’s Steve Blucher On…

…the new Gravity Storm pickups designed for Steve Vai, and a bit o’ other stuff. Why other stuff? Because the second-best thing to playing guitar is talking guitar. Thanks much to Steve Blucher – DiMarzio’s pickup guru, in case you didn’t know – and DiMarzio for setting this up. So much for the preamble: WoodyTone: […]

October 5, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
DiMarzio Gravity Storms Kick A**!

DiMarzio Gravity Storms Kick A**!

Earlier this year I got an awakening, in the form of checking out the YMI5150 Model-A axe. Lots to love there, but the awakening was the DiMarzio Super Distortion. Really a re-awakening because I’d used DiMarzios (Super Distortions and Dual Sounds) for years back in the day. Bang! Was a shot to the ears. Fell […]

September 28, 2012 | By | 4 Replies More
2 Minutes To Powerslave Tone

2 Minutes To Powerslave Tone

Okay, not really two minutes, but I’m diggin’ “2 Minutes To Midnight” these days, so…. What gear did Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray and Adrian Smith use on Powerslave? Hold on – I guess the first question is, Is their tone woody? IMO no, but it’s the distinctive what I’d call “saturated” metal tone these guys […]

December 8, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Gilmour’s The Wall Gear!

Gilmour’s The Wall Gear!

There’s this issue of the old, defunct but often awesome Guitar Shop mag I have that runs down Dave Gilmour’s live gear from every period of Pink Floyd. Crazy! Actually too much stuff to put in here, but I had to get something in so here we are. The thing that kick-started this post is […]

November 8, 2011 | By | 2 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
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
Jeff Carlisi’s .38 Special Gear Deets

Jeff Carlisi’s .38 Special Gear Deets

Even though Ronnie Van Zant wrote and sung the line “Handguns are made for killin’, ain’t no good for nothin’ else,” his younger bro Donnie started a band that ended up being named after a handgun. And that band (.38 Special) produced some great stuff tunes in the ’80s, not all of which were the […]

April 26, 2011 | By | 5 Replies 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
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
Did Semi-Hollows Give Paul Gilbert Wood?

Did Semi-Hollows Give Paul Gilbert Wood?

A couple years ago, Paul Gilbert was favoring semi-hollow guitars. You could attribute that to him being an at-times weird dude, but turns out that’s not (entirely) why he made the change to those guitars, albeit since reversed. So why did he like semi-hollows? In a word, tone. That’s what Paul said in a Guitar […]

January 7, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
Rick Nielsen, Austin City Limits, Fuchs Amps

Rick Nielsen, Austin City Limits, Fuchs Amps

Wow! Anyone here in the U.S. catch the recent airing (re-airing?) of Cheap Trick live on Austin City Limits? Couple quick observations after watching: > Cheap Trick is a ROCK BAND. Lots of big guitar tone, great classic rock/Beatles-esque tunes, good singing – a real freakin’ band! Great to see and hear they’re still doing […]

January 5, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More