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05 Sep Issue Guitars, Project Guitars

Surprisingly – and proudly – I am seeing more and more people coming to me asking about issue “project” guitars.

This is naturally something I didn’t invent, it’s been there for ages: people buying old battered stuff and putting it together in the shape of a splendidly fixed, even modified, reinvented working guitar.

The core point of the matter is the belief that buying older battered wood “cheaply” (or even cheaper than an original, “mint” condition similar/identical model would cost), will allow us to have the guitar of our dreams. I think this is fairly true, although there may be some “caveats” (i.e., “be careful!) to keep in mind. Will get there.

I’m taking this chance because of a guitar I got yesterday morning (I think I bought 5 or 6 guitars this last August). (more…)

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31 Aug Recording “Back in Black” (the album): Interview(s) with Tony Platt

I’m seeing links disappear therefore for now, I’m posting “raw”, unfiltered and unprocessed (by me) data on the subject.

I’m posting the whole text here, then will provide the link(s) but not sure they exist all (i.e., clickbale).

I feel all of this information – already widely available on the net – has to be saved and stored for us. Recent re-reading of all of this on my behalf has brought me to new findings, namely, Tony Platt’s signal path for the Young brothers guitars on the Back in Black Album (guitars – Angus with a Schaffer-Vega Diversity System in lieu of a normal cable: it DID affect TONE!- , amps, mics, EQUALIZER and tape!) and his philosophy of recording those albums back then.

It’s a whole lotta reading, but I think you may be pleased.

Let’s start with a video interview to make it more pleasant (video courtesy of member Kirk2000: thanks Kirk!):

From: http://www.recordproduction.com/tony-platt-bigvid.html

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27 Aug AC/DC Tone: a continuos search. Part 1, Eleven Rack attempts

UPDATE: I changed a lot on this patch, after listening to it I think it sucked majorly. Lack of higher frequencies and not enough “middle crunch”.

Here it is to you again with a few changes. The equalization curve is VERY important, even for YOUR setup!

Please listen to the clip.

Yes I know, all of us are striving to achieve AC/DC tone or for that matter, classic rock tone.

Therefore, please give it a listen before you continue reading (soundpatch version 2.0):

Angus Tone on Back in Black from SoloDallas – Attempt

Since this is an extremely long subject that I intend to treat as in depth as humanly possible (many, many considerations are needed here) I will just narrow the matter here and just talk about my current settings on the Eleven Rack (a piece of hardware built into a rack shape by Digidesign – Avid Digital – that “models” guitar recording) to achieve decent AC/DC (Angus’, but it could apply to Malcolm’s as well) tone. (more…)

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26 Aug 1952/53 Les Paul Goldtop

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This was my first ever 1950s Les Paul. I bought this one circa 20 years ago in Florida, at the “Guitar Broker“. I was there because at that time I was engaged to a young Floridian (Miami) model (yes, I had good times ). So every now and then, I visited guitar shops in the area.

The price was ridiculous (I forget really, but it was cheap: there wasn’t a hunger for older ’50s bodies at the time, or less so than today anyway) and I’d already found out that ’50s wood was something special.

This is what basically started my quest for ’50s tone – for Les Pauls anyway – and this guitar was my main instrument for several years to follow. For the most part I played it live, though not in the shape you see it here. This one had already been (poorly) converted into a “burst”, with humbucker pickups and a sunburst finish. The finish had been very poorly applied, as had also most of the features of the guitar. (more…)

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