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16 Mar Let There Be VEGAs: the Quest formally begins.

So,

here they are to us (these three later Cetec-Vega Diversity units). “Us”, I would say, as I hope you’ll follow this one closely with me, as you have always.

These wireless, Cetec-Vega Diversity units here were intended mostly for microphone transmission (levalier), not guitar.  In order to try and match what I think is closer to the original Schaffer-Vega Diversity Units (which is the core of this project), they will have to be modified (mainly and hopefully, the input jack type – see pictures – and a few components on the transmitter only).

They have arrived just now, three complete units (One receiver and one transmitter per complete system). In short, the following are my facts and hypothesis (both of which took me years to put together) from which I am officially starting my quest: (more…)

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15 Mar Keith Urban’s Tour Rehearshal Video

I am not really into Keith Urban, that I need to let you know. So don’t be scared: SoloDallas.net is not going to turn into country lol

I have listened to several things of him, and it’s not exactly my style of music. However, some country-rock or rock and roll tunes by him may raise some interest.

What always should raise interest – because we learn from these people anyway – is technical aspects, production, arrangement, sounds, gear and also, in the case of Mr. Urban, a terrific positive attitude and approach. I know he used to have alcohol and drugs problems, which I really hope he’ll solve (or has solved): alcohol (I don’t drink) and drugs (I did some many years ago, so I tried: worst thing on the planet and NOT helping creativity-wise, despite the false myths about it) but he still seems a very good person.

Here I present a short clip of his rehearsals for touring. Good thing. Great place where to rehears, placement of the instruments, see how they are simulating to have an audience in front of them, with musicians already positioned, etc.

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He’s playing a ’50s Goldtop with PAFs. I believe that guitar had gotten flooded and was completely soaking wet. Glad he was able to recover it.

Also, and I found this out the other day, the coincidence here is that Urban is a Kiwi! (New Zealand). Wife is Nicole Kidman, an Aussie!

 

Two more videos of his gear/guitar tech:

Part One

Part Two

 

 

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13 Mar Intermission: Country Rock (Keith Urban’s “Slow Turning”, by John Hiatt)

Was it a secret or not, the fact that I like country rock? Maybe not. Lynyrd Skynyrd took me there many years ago. So I listen to various things.

With the new band, we’re covering a few John Hiatt’s songs, including this wonderful “Slow Turning”.

I’ve been asked (by the band) to “rock it” a bit more, so I chose Keith Urban’s version of it and “invented” the riff you hear me do in most rhythm parts.

I took the chance to try the combination of 1987 with 4×10, one microphone off axis off center. I like it.

 

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12 Mar SoloDallas Lab “Revamped”

Update: re-updated the situation here. Finally, my old (super old!) 1969 (date) 1960A with original and great sounding 25W GreenBack Celestions G12M (pre Rola) has been completely restored.

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I am putting it on top of the 1971 1960B with G12H30. Little room will remain on top of these for multiple heads, and that breaks my heart lol.

However, these cabinets are all one needs to re-create the most addictive AC/DC (and classic rock) eras.

They do sound slightly different. Now I am beginning to believe that Back in Black – for example – was played with G12Ms and not G12H30s. However, it may be quite possible that combinations of those were used in different songs/albums.

To help you refresh your memory, this cabinet had been played – for example – in the whole Metro session: (more…)

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