Sunday, August 05, 2007

11 legends of the Flying V and Explorer

Gibson's original Flying V and Explorers - and the many copies they've spawned - are some of the flashiest guitars you can strap on.

Here's MusicRadar's countdown of 11 of the guitarists who have made the dramatic shapes their own.
1. James Hetfield

On the Kill ’Em All album, Hetfield was using a V copy with Gibson truss rod cover, then the rhythm king’s white ‘More Beer’ and ‘So What’ (named after the permanent marker scrawl on their bodies) 1984 Explorers became veterans of every Metallica session from 1984’s Ride The Lightning until 1991’s Black Album.

Unlike his other guitars, neither have EMG pickups – and the ‘More Beer’ features Seymour Duncans.

2.Hendrix's psychedelic Flying V

Hendrix owned three Vs: an originally black specimen he hand-painted with a eye-catching psychedelic, floral design, and which he toured in 1967 and 1968 (reissue pictured), a sunburst example from 1969 that now resides with the Hard Rock Cafe, and a 1969 lefty version created for him by Gibson (also the first V to feature an inlaid pearl logo). Did he use one on All Along The Watchtower? Some experts believe so

3.The Edge
When a teenage Edge wandered into a New York guitar shop, he was after a Rickenbacker. Yet it was a natural 1976 Explorer that he left with. “I wasn’t expecting it, but the Explorer seemed to talk to me,” he says. It has since appeared on almost every U2 album.

4.Michael Schenker
Along with his brother and former Scorpions sidekick Rudolf – who himself is the world’s premier collector of Flying Vs with over 70 – teutonic fret-tickler Michael Schenker is the rocker most readily associated with the model, despite Gibson never producing a signature model. Schenker now has his own signature V-style made by Dean (pictured).

5.KK Downing
For a long time Judas Priest axe-mangler KK Downing played an original ’64 Gibson Flying V with PAF pickups (one of only 200 made) but he’s since employed similar designs made by Hamer, ESP and his own KxK Custom Shop. Very metal.

6.Rick Nielsen
This Hamer aficionado was a principal reason the company began making V and Explorer-style guitars in the first place. But he’s also an avid collector and owns not one but two ’58 korina Explorers (not to mention a twin-neck guitar shaped like… Rick Nielsen).

7.ZZ Top
Not content with owning just one Holy Grail of the guitar world (in Pearly Gates, his legendary ’59 Les Paul), ZZ Top bluesman Gibbons has an original ’58 korina Flying V nestling amongst his gigantic guitar collection.

The V has seen action on many 1970s ZZ recordings, and can be seen adorning the cover of Fandango! from 1975. He also own numerous custom-made Explorer-styles.

8.Albert King
A man whose persona was so intertwined with the Flying V that his gravestone in Arkansas has one emblazoned on it, in many ways Albert King had the first and last word on the instrument. A true original, his trailblazing Southpaw blues was powered by a 1958 korina V (known as Lucy to BB’s Lucille), flipped upside down.

His trademark aggressive bends would influence the likes of Clapton, SRV, Otis Rush and many others, shaping the sound of the blues for generations to come.

9.Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz’s signature Gibson Flying V is a 1967 historic reissue with a black and gold flake finish, with a pickguard and truss rod cover of gold mirror. Understated, just like the man.

Kravitz has owned four original ‘67s over the years, in burgundy, natural, pelham blue and cherry.

10.Dave Grohl
Foo Fighter Grohl was using a black standard Explorer as his weapon of choice when he made the switch from the drum stool in Nirvana (see the Big Me video from the band’s 1995 self-titled debut to see it in action).

After Pat Smear and then his replacement Franz Stahl parted ways with the band, Grohl decided to record all the guitar parts for 1999’s There Is Nothing Left To Lose himself.

To capture many of this album’s most memorable licks he used a white Explorer (it makes an appearance in the space shuttle scenes of the video for Next Year) through a Vox AC30.

11.Tim Wheeler
Ash’s leader is a latter-day Flying V aficionado, mainly using a 1982 korina model fitted with ’58 ‘zebra-coil’ PAFs. Oddly, he never uses this one in the studio.

He has a cherry reissue and sparkly V (pictured) also, and most impressively a modded-model that spits fire out the bottoms of the wings. Rockin’!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Most popular Guitar Endorsements

In the light of Joe Satriani possibly jumping ship from Peavey to Marshall for his amplification needs as reported over on MusicRadar last week, i thought, just for fun, that i’d make a list of his endorsements over the years just to see how many entries i’d come up with.

Four days later, i'm still compiling a list, not just of Joe’s deals but as many people we could think of as we found our on-line research took many twists and turns, leading us towards a number other players...

So, there follows an in no way complete list of selected guitarists and their signature equipment that’s been made available for punters to buy over the years: not necessarily the stuff they use but gear that bears their name.

Additions, corrections and omissions, as ever, gratefully received...and hey, this is only supposed to be a bit of fun

Joe Satriani
Peavey amps – JSX Series
Ibanez guitars – JS Series
Vox effects – Satchurator, Time Machine, Big Bad Wah
DiMarzio pickups – Fred, Mo’Joe, PAF Joe
Planet Waves – signature straps and picks

Steve Vai
Carvin amps – Legacy
Ibanez guitars – JEM Series
Ibanez effects – Jemini
Morley effects – Bad Horsie, Little Alligator
DiMarzio – signature cables
DiMarzio pickups – Evolution, Evo 2, Breed,

Yngwie Malmsteen
Fender Guitars – signature Strats
DiMarzio pickups – Model J single-coil
DiMarzio straps – YJM signature cable & Clip Lock
DOD effects - YJM308 Yngwie
Dunlop picks – Malmsteen signatures
Dean Markley strings – signature set

Jimi Hendrix (all posthumous...)
Fender guitars – myriad signature Strats
Marshall amps – Super 100JH
Dunlop effects – signature wah, Octavia, Fuzzface
DigiTech effects – JH Experience pedal
Dean Markley – signature sets

Richie Sambora
Fender guitars – signature Strats
Kramer guitars – signature RS
ESP guitars – LTD SA-2
Taylor acoustics – RSSM double-neck
Martin acoustics – OMC-41 Sambora, MC12-41
Ovation acoustics – double and triple-necks

Eddie Van Halen
Fender guitars – Frankenstein Replica
Charvel guitars – EVH models
Kramer guitars – various 5150 spares
Ernie Ball MusicMan guitars – EVH Axis
Peavey guitars - Wolfgang
EVH guitars – Wolfgang
EVH amps – 5150-III
EVH accessories – straps, shoes, picks, pickups, strings, cables
Dunlop effects – signature EVH wah
MXR effects – EVH flanger, EVH Phase 90

Brian May
Brian May Guitars – RS Special, BM Signature, BM Rhapsody acoustic
Vox amplification – AC30 Custom Limited Edition, VBM1
DigiTech effects – Red Special pedal
Greg Fryer effects – signature treble boosters
Burns guitars – BHM-1
Guild guitars – signature model
Burns pickups - signature Trisonic pickups

Dimebag Darrell
Dean guitars – Razorback, Tribute, ML, V
Dean pickups – Dime Time
Seymour Duncan pickups – SH-13 Dimebucker
Krank amps – Krankenstein heads
Dunlop effects – Crybaby from Hell
MXR effects – DD11 Dime distortion

Zakk Wylde
Gibson guitars - signature Les Pauls
Epiphone – signature Les Pauls, ZV Custom
Marshall amps – JCM 2203ZW
EMG pickups – ZW set
MXR effects – ZW44 overdrive
Dunlop effects – ZW45 signature wah

Gibson guitars – signature Les Paul
Epiphone guitars – signature Les Paul
Guild guitars – signature double-neck
Marshall amps – signature JCM 2555
Dunlop effects – signature Crybaby

Steve Morse
Ernie Ball MusicMan – signature model
Engl amps – SM Signature Special 100
DiMarzio pickups – SM model

Kirk Hammett
ESP guitars – KH signature models
Randall amps – RM100KH and more
Dunlop effects – KH signature wah
EMG pickups – KH-21 set

Kerry King
BC Rich guitars – KK signature models
Marshall amps – 2203KK head
EMG pickups – KFK set
MXR effects - KFK1 10-band graphic

John Jorgenson
Fender guitars – Hellecaster JJ signature
G&L guitars – ASAT John Jorgenson
Takamine guitars – JJ325SRC
Gitane - DG-320 John Jorgenson Signature
Paris Swing Company – JJ signature mandolin
Matchless amps – JJ30 combo

Steve Lukather
Ernie Ball Music Man – Luke signature
OLP guitars - signature
Ibanez guitars - RS1010SL
Valley Arts – signature Custom Pro
Rivera amps - Bonehead
Vector SL cabinets – signature Sub-woofer
EMG pickups - SL20 set

Doyle Dykes
Taylor guitars – DDSM signature model
Rivera amps – Sedona 55 combo
GHS strings – signature models

Mark Tremonti

PRS guitars – signature model
Morley effects – signature wah
T-Rex effects – signature Phaser Shifter

George Lynch
ESP guitars – Kamikaze, Tiger, Skull & Snakes, GL-56, Serpent
Randall amps – RM100LB, various modules
Genz Benz amps – G-Flex cabinet
Morley effects – Dragon Wah, Tripler
Seymour Duncan pickups – SH-12 Screamin’ Demon, Super V

Scott Ian
Washburn – various SI models
Jackson – various JJ models
Randall amps – various VMax models
Seymour Duncan pickups – El Diablo signature model
DigiTech effects – Black 13

Dan Donegan
Washburn guitars – signature Maya
Randall amps – signature 1086 module
DigiTech effects – The Weapon

Nuno Bettencourt
Washburn guitars – N6, N4, N2
Randall amps -
Dean Markley – signature set

Dave Mustaine
Dean guitars – DM signature
Jackson guitars – DM signature
Marshall cabs – 1960DM

John Mayer

Fender guitars – signature Strat
Two Rock amps – signature JM model

Rickenbacker guitars – signature 4004LK bass
Marshall amps – 1992LEM head

Monday, January 01, 2007

John Petrucci Gears


Last night i chat with my friend and we talk about any guitarist rig. He wants to know about john petrucci's (JP) rigs and setting. Today i search about any information about JP and i got it any information for his.

Here is a list and some photos of the gear John is currently using for touring especially for you don !! :)

1 Musicman JP BFR Rubyburst Baritone
1 Musicman JP BFR Walnutburst Baritone
1 Musicman JP BFR Walnutburst 7 String
1 Musicman JP BFR Blackburst 7 String
1 Musicman JP BFR Tobaccoburst
1 Musicman JP BFR 2006 Ltd. Edition Black w/Gold Hardware
2 Musicman JP BFR Blackburst
1 Musicman JP BFR Walnutburst
1 Musicman JP BFR Rubyburst
1 Musicman JP Blue Sparkle Doubleneck

Amps and Effects

Rack Designed, Built and Programmed by Mark Snyder
2 Mesa Boogie Mark IV Amplifiers
1 Mesa Boogie Lonestar Amplifier
1 Korg DTR-1 Tuner
1 Dunlop DCR-2SR Wah
1 DBX 266XL Compressor/Noise Gate
1 Mesa Boogie Amp Switcher
1 Boss Keeley mod TR-2 Tremolo Pedal
1 MXR EVH Flanger
1 Ibanez Keeley mod Tube Screamer TS-9 Flexi
1 MXR EVH Phase 90
1 Hermida Tech Zendrive
1 Dunlop Wylde Overdrive
1 MXR Stereo Chorus
1 Boss DS-1
1 Eventide Timefactor Delay
1 T.C. Electronics 2290
1 T.C. Electronics M3000
1 Eventide DSP7000
1 DMC Stereo Line Mixer
1 Mesa Boogie Rectifier Power Amp
1 Furman AC Line Regulator AR-Pro
3 Axess Electronics CFX-4 Loop Switcher
2 Axess Electronics GRX-4 Loop Switcher
2 Voodoo Labs Pedal Power
1 Framptone A/B Box
1 Radial Engineering JD-1 Passive D.I. Box

Top MK IV Settings

Bottom MK IV Settings

Lonestar Settings

1 Axess Electronics FX-1 Midi Foot Controller w/ expander
1 Dunlop DCR-IFC Wah Controller
1 Ernieball 25k Stereo Volume Pedal
1 Boss TU-2 Tuner
1 Easy Button

6 Mesa Boogie Traditional Rectifier 4X12 Cabinets with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers

DiMarzio D-Sonic (Bridge)
DiMarzio Custom JP (Neck)

Ernie Ball

Jim Dunlop JP Shield Black Jazz III

Cables and Connectors

Guitar Straps
DiMarzio Black Cliplock

In Ear Monitors
Ultimate Ears UE-5

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