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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
Which Bogner Are You?

Which Bogner Are You?

Recently I was ruined yet again by a good amp. This time a bud’s Bogner Shiva, EL34 version. Let’s call him Sean – because that’s his name…. He’d been talking about how awesome it was for a while, and even though I know he has good ears, wasn’t too motivated to go try it. I’d […]

November 21, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Rabbit Hole to Alvin Youngblood Hart!

Rabbit Hole to Alvin Youngblood Hart!

Got sucked into an interwebz rabbit hole the other day. Had it in my head – arguing in my head – about whether I needed another amp, and as a concession to the “no you don’t” side was looking at cheap amps. One such amp is the ’80s Marshall 5010 Master Lead solid state combo. […]

October 25, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
New Slash Good! Why Slashtone?

New Slash Good! Why Slashtone?

Happened to see a clip of Slash’s band on the Guitar Center Sessions or whatever they’re called, aka MTV Unplugged 2. Personally I find that as boring as I found the Unplugged stuff (hey, let’s take the rock ‘n’ roll out of it – brilliant!), but it reminded me to look into the new Slash […]

July 26, 2012 | By | 4 Replies More
Did You Read the Esquire EVH Piece Yet?

Did You Read the Esquire EVH Piece Yet?

We’re going to have to wait yet another week for the interview with Kevin Holbrook of YMI5150 guitars because we have yet another newsworthy event. This time it’s the recent Esquire interview with Edward Van Halen. Now before you EVH fans get to getting your hopes up, let’s bear in mind the same ol’s: 1. […]

April 20, 2012 | By | 8 Replies More
RIP Jim Marshall, the Wood-Master

RIP Jim Marshall, the Wood-Master

What can you say about Jim Marshall, other than “thanks.” Thanks for most of the woodiest tones ever heard by human ears. Thanks for cobbling together, and then making, the best amps ever – some of which still are. Thanks for crushing our ears with ridiculously loud organic tone wrenched from wood and metal by […]

April 12, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Jet’s ‘Cold Hard B*tch’ Gear

Jet’s ‘Cold Hard B*tch’ Gear

Heard a tune on the radio the other day, my ears picked up right away. Only when it got to the chorus did I realize I’d heard it before – guess I dismissed it at the time. “It” is the tune “Cold Hard B*tch” by the Australian band Jet. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, […]

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Mick Ralphs’ Hoople and Bad Co Gear

Mick Ralphs’ Hoople and Bad Co Gear

Does it get any better than Bad Company for classic rockage? I’ll answer that for you: No! For years I’ve held onto an old Guitar Player with Mick Ralphs on the cover, and of course now I can’t find it…but I did find the interview online. In it Mick goes into some pretty decent gear […]

February 2, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Why Don’t We All Know Ollie Halsall?

Why Don’t We All Know Ollie Halsall?

A semi-recent thread on the metroamp.com board was started about a geetar-slinger named Ollie Halsall. Huh? That was my reaction too, since like you I’m pretty sure I know about every famous to semi-famous guitar player worth knowing about. Obviously not true. Ollie was almost in the Stones, inspired jealousy in Alvin Lee, and was […]

January 19, 2012 | By | 2 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
The Youngs, Marshall Clank, ‘Sin City’

The Youngs, Marshall Clank, ‘Sin City’

And More on Angus’ Gear, Settings What’s the best AC/DC song? If you ask Joe Perry, he’ll apparently say “Sin City.” Bold, Joe, bold – because I’m completely unable to pick a favorite AC/DC tune – because so many are THAT freakin’ good. But “Sin City” is awesome, no doubt. It sounds great. Once again, […]

November 1, 2011 | By | 7 Replies More
Page’s The Firm Gear: Zep II?

Page’s The Firm Gear: Zep II?

At this point it seems like Jimmy Page is the keeper of the Led Zep flame – doesn’t it? Plant isn’t interested, JPJ is awesome but ain’t the point man, so we have Jimmy. And how much of the Zep sound is Jimmy? He obviously wrote the riffs and a bunch of the tunes, but […]

October 11, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Celestion Lynchback: The Ultimate Modern/Classic Speaker?

Celestion Lynchback: The Ultimate Modern/Classic Speaker?

Did you hear about the new Celestion Lynchback speaker? By now maybe you have, but I hadn’t until I stopped in at the Celestion room at last summer’s NY/NJ Amp Show (btw, the Los Angeles Amp Show is this weekend – go!). Right away I was intrigued. Why: > George Lynch is one of my […]

September 27, 2011 | By | Reply 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