Back in Black

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Test Driving A Schaffer Replica® Pedal & A Rock N Roll Relics Angus Model: AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”
Here to you, the second part (out of... X) of our "Studio Day" in Los Angeles, CA last August, following up on our first Test Driving A Schaffer Replica™ Pedal & A Rock N Roll Relics Angus Model: AC/DC’s “Sin City” where Billy Rowe of RockNrollRelics.net and myself "test drove" our respective pieces of equipment (his "Angus" model SG Standard modeled after a late '60s Gibson SG Standard with some specific requirements by me, first and foremost being, my requirement for playability and ease of set up whereas often vintage Gibson SGs really demand a lot of work for a number of reasons). The Studio was Gilby Clarke's own home studio (beautiful!) in Los Angeles. I can not quite describe the feeling of being there while looking at some gold albums affixed on the walls... felt pretty weird. Gilby was terrific with us. Completely down to earth, colloquial (i.e., liked to speak to us), just a common "rock n roll guy" like us. Since he's been friends with Billy for a long time (probably since the teenager years) this surely helped.
“Back In Black In The Living Room” (With AC/DC Italy’s Fan Club Founder)
It was several years ago (5 probably) that Gabriele and I met "online", both passionate about AC/DC as we have always been since an early age. And it had been years that we wanted to do some jamming together, so he took the chance and came to Rome - he's from Milan - and stayed a couple days at my place. In probably 1 hour we had setup my living room (it's a beautiful, long and bright room with wooden floors) with a couple of Wizards, older Marshall cabinets (his has G12H30s, mine cross G12-65s & G12Ms, all from the 1970s) and two Audio Technica AT4047s connected to my Mac Book laptop, recording with Audacity. We improvised probably 5 or 6 AC/DC tunes among the many (I believe almost all) that we know, but we only used the backing tracks on a couple of songs and one is the one you see here (second one to be published next week).
AC/DC’s “Riff Raff”, Studio Version, Schaffer-Vega Diversity Series
This one took me circa four days to prepare, before final recording that is. I have been trying with the microphone position (Neumann U47) and with mild - really just a bit - equalization. The microphone used in this album - or the microphones - was a Neumann U47 FET, a different microphone to the Neumann U 47 tube version, which is older than the FET design.
The Sound Of The Schaffer Vega Diversity (Back in Black)
I know... I know! But you knew that I can't get enough of it. It's my passion, my torment, my obsession. And the most sold album worldwide, as well. Well., let me update you a bit about what has been going on behind the curtains recently. I knew - directly from Mr. Schaffer - that the "Angus Young" era of the Schaffer Vega came with a Receiver AND a specific type of transmitter. It was the X10 - naturally - but a specific type of X10. It had (has) a black knob instead of the flat screw of the later models. I really wanted THAT X10 (because I knew that that would give me the sound I was looking for). [singlepic id=524 w=1024 h=768 float=none] X10s with Black Knob