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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
Awesome A-G-D: AIC ‘Down In a Hole’

Awesome A-G-D: AIC ‘Down In a Hole’

Been a loooooong time since I’d heard the Alice in Chains tune “Down In a Hole” until it hit the car radio the other day. First thing that hit me: What a unique use of a standard bottom-of-neck chord progression. And the tune sounded so dang good! Of course guit-slinger Jerry Cantrell has an uber-distorted […]

August 17, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
New Chixfoot: Can You Hear the Marshall?

New Chixfoot: Can You Hear the Marshall?

“Big Foot” is the new Chickenfoot tune being release to radio (what’s that? lol) today, and…I like it! The #1 reason: MARSHALL. You can hear a big difference, an evolution from Joe Satriani’s big round solo-artist tone to a more rock tone – harsher (in a good way), less bassy/muddy (in a band setting), more […]

August 2, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More
More AC/DC Deets: Recording, Amps, Gear

More AC/DC Deets: Recording, Amps, Gear

Fascinating stuff. Ran across it when fact-checking the previous post. Enjoy.

July 29, 2011 | By | Reply 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
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
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
Viv Campbell’s Rig Simplification

Viv Campbell’s Rig Simplification

Vivian Campbell cracks me up. In just about every interview about Def Leppard he says that being in the band has hurt his guitar playing but has helped his singing. A little cringe-inducing, eh? But honest, always honest. I like that. [Remember the Guitar World interview where he slagged the heck out of Gibson? In […]

May 19, 2011 | By | Reply More
Belated Rhoads Insights, Pt 2

Belated Rhoads Insights, Pt 2

Variac (!), Kept it Simple Do you remember reading Eddie Van Halen’s comments about Randy Rhoads “ripping him off?” I believe those comments were made and published after Randy’s death – though after listening to the transcript of that tape (on the web somewhere) it sounds like Ed didn’t know his comments would be used […]

May 6, 2011 | By | 7 Replies More
Gear Used on ‘Sweet Home Alabama’

Gear Used on ‘Sweet Home Alabama’

Not Peavey Maces! Peave Mace, Peavey Mace, all we’ve heard for years is that the Lynyrd Skynyrd guys used Peavey Mace amps. Somewhat true. They did, but not all the time – and apparently not on the recording of ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ Stumbled onto an interview with one of the engineers of that tune (off […]

April 19, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Rainbow: Best Rock Strat Tone Ever?

Rainbow: Best Rock Strat Tone Ever?

Is a Strat a rock instrument? Seriously. I’m talking about a Strat with a single-coil pickup at the bridge. If so, can you name five rock Strat players in 10 seconds? How about five rock Strat players whose tones you’d want to cop? I can only name two. I’m not dissing Tommy Bolin or anyone […]

April 12, 2011 | By | 20 Replies 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