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SoloDallas Lab “Revamped”

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:

1969 SG Standard, Metro JTM50 & 1969 Slanted Cabinet

and also, here:

1969 SG Custom, Metro JTM50 & 1969 Slanted Cabinet

and lastly (but there’s more, I’m simply posting samples from that session) the Korina SG.

Of note, the fact that the Korina having a stronger output pickup, it does drive quite well even on the weak JTM50:

1993 Korina, Metro JTM50 & 1969 Slanted Cabinet

You should be able to hear this cabinet as more crunchy, definitely more. Platt had even stated this (“… we preferred smaller speakers – 25W – as they crunched more easily….”).

There’s definitely a lot of old G12M in AC/DC recordings. Most likely, all the early era (including Let There Be Rock) is all played on G12Ms.

Supposedly, these pre Rola ones are the best ones out there. Will test them in more detail, with the microphone techniques I developed recently and A/B them against the G12H30s.

 

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Also, I went back to storage place and brought back a few more things. A 20W Lead & Bass reissue head (that I’ll be selling, won’t use it) and a super weird 1966 4×12 smaller cabinet from the ’70s that was converted (prior to my purchase) in a 4×10. Will have to open it and check what speakers there are inside. But I am positive it’s 4×10 speakers, as I had opened it last summer to check what was in there. Sounds pretty good and it’s very light. I will likely use this with the 1987 reissue head on top with my new band :)

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I’m always trying to improve my “life conditions here” (lol) so I finally added the plexiglass console that I designed myself (didn’t take much, will get no cookie from the designers awards for sure). It just had to have the right dimensions.

So I moved one rack of guitars forward, next to the amps, so to gain room for playing and tutoring. Feels cosy and practical.

 

Will turn into a usual mess within today.

 

πŸ˜›

 

Fil

 

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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70 Comments
  • avatar
    Ryley
    Posted at 03:04h, 13 March

    Fil, why did u remove the “Metro” logo from the front of the head? πŸ˜›

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 11:47h, 13 March

      A bit bulky, I like smaller things :)

      • avatar
        Ryley
        Posted at 15:14h, 13 March

        hahaha reminds me of what angus and malcolm used to do waayy back in the days. theres lots of pictures where their amp head had no logos in the studio

  • avatar
    Kinglance
    Posted at 21:21h, 12 March

    Today I went after my Marshall 1960 BX cab, a vintage old cab with Celestion G12M’s in. I bought it second hand. And bought it together with a Marshall Super Bass 100 watt. Bought it together for 1660 euro. But they are both treated very very well. I must say that cab, in combination with my Marshall JMP 50 watt, sounds amazing, really a vintage AC/DC sound :p

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 21:24h, 12 March

      JL, congratulations. That cab alone is a “score”. I love it. See above. As for the amp, it still is a great amp. See what you can do with it. You can either use it as is, or convert it into a “lead” (1959) or sell it.

      • avatar
        Kinglance
        Posted at 21:41h, 12 March

        Thank you! I think I will hold it as it is. Converting seems cool too, but don’t know where and how to do that. Maybe in a musicshop? But I like it how it is. I’m thinking of selling my Marshall 1960 A cab. Since playing almost only AC/DC-style music I don’t need it anymore. I’ve got a lot of luck with my parents. Bought already a lot of very good material. They never were angry and supported me always. Even when it costed a lot! But I like making music. It relaxes me a lot. Will search a group too, motivated persons with the same passion, and want to make some own AC/DC-songs.

  • avatar
    Lemmiwinks
    Posted at 20:40h, 12 March

    ow, your selling the lead and bass head eh? :) What price?

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 21:03h, 12 March

      Have no idea, have to do a little research of market prices and will let you know :)

  • avatar
    ar2619Rob
    Posted at 20:08h, 12 March

    Can’t wait to hear that ’69 cab, are there any previous recordings here or elsewhere?

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 20:16h, 12 March

      All the Metro session and many super early videos of mine on youtube :)

  • avatar
    Bertaz
    Posted at 16:15h, 06 March

    did your wife just gave you the smallest room in the house…? πŸ˜‰

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 14:14h, 07 March

      Not only the smallest one, but not even in the house! It’s the damn basement lol

      • avatar
        headwhop26
        Posted at 21:13h, 08 March

        As I was studying this photo, Fil, I noticed these. Please take a look:

        http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h205/SellSword26/dallas-1.jpg

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 21:20h, 08 March

          Lol…well, I’m also a heavy smoker…and all AC/DC members too :)

          • avatar
            ar2619Rob
            Posted at 20:12h, 12 March

            I smoked (everything) from age 15 to 38 having failed to stay off them a few times. It takes a very brave man to die a smoking related death, give ’em up you owe it to your kids!

            • avatar
              SoloDallas
              Posted at 20:17h, 12 March

              True that. I started late, but smoked quite a lot.

            • avatar
              banane
              Posted at 20:29h, 12 March

              Actually I wanted to quit with 40, but well…its really tough, after smoking for 25 years…

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 23:56h, 08 March

          lol true!!!! The whole family is always after me. And my smoking. I should really quit… imagine this. I started when I was 32 years old! That’s 10 years ago. I had never smoked before. But I was playing a lot with the band, live, and I just started, as they were all smoking in my face lol
          I’ll show you the interface, I believe that’s what you want to see? PS you deserve two free shirts for your design.

          • avatar
            headwhop26
            Posted at 00:08h, 09 March

            I guess its better than Angus and Malcolm smoking like chimneys since they were 15!

            Actually, I was circling the reflection of the Gibson Thunderbird (or at least thats what I think I see) in the mirror. I couldnt see it in any of the other pictures.

            And thank you very much! Should I email you or Franz my address when the time comes?
            If you ever need any more graphics work done– for shirts or the site or whatever– I’d be happy to help.

            • avatar
              SoloDallas
              Posted at 00:14h, 09 March

              Yes please email your address to Franz :) Oh the Thunderbird is a ’74 bass I have been having for ages. I was looking into a new logo for the website. Would you like to try?

              • avatar
                headwhop26
                Posted at 00:34h, 09 March

                I will email him right away!

                Ohhhh, I think I may have seen a picture or two in the olden days on the “Solodallas Gear Page” that you had up for so long. That does ring a bell.

                I’d love to, do you want me just to throw something out there, or were you looking for something specific?

                • avatar
                  banane
                  Posted at 07:04h, 09 March

                  Got your Address. Shirts will be sent directly to you :)

                • avatar
                  SoloDallas
                  Posted at 08:57h, 09 March

                  Logo wise, I have nothing in mind specifically, however you’v already captured good things with the designs you made for the shirts. Basically, the current logo represents… nothing. It’s just the solodallas.net thing. I wanted something more representative of this place. Wood, pickups (metal), scratched wood, tubes, hot ones, amps grille cloth, knobs, guitars… those would be the key words. I had put together a number of pictures to “create” the logo, but those weren’t used. They are in my public flickr guitars images album, here:
                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/solodallas/sets/72157619902809694/

                  and here:

                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/solodallas/sets/72157623910036410/

                  feel free to have a look and/or download any of them. One is my hobbies folder, there is alot more than guitars!!!

                  • avatar
                    headwhop26
                    Posted at 01:30h, 13 March

                    I just thinking that if you could get a good, straight-on shot on a marshall head, I could make the banner look like an amp head sitting on top of the site. I might just sit down and bang out a couple of ideas.

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 10:14h, 13 March

                      Can take some shots from my JMP. But Fil has a better Camera :) Just straight from the front?

                    • avatar
                      SoloDallas
                      Posted at 11:48h, 13 March

                      Did you give a look to those links I posted? LOTS of stuff in there. I am thinking “wood pattern, metal with rust, grill cloth of various types… it’s all there”. Remember, won’t be for free, I am paying for a logo πŸ˜‰

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 12:21h, 13 March

                      Yes, I did. Nice pix there :) Well, what about just a vintage grey grill cloth with “SoloDallas.net” or even just “SoloDallas” in the same font as the Marshall logo on it?

                    • avatar
                      SoloDallas
                      Posted at 13:51h, 13 March

                      That’s exactly what I had in mind. Exactly that ! :)

          • avatar
            banane
            Posted at 07:00h, 09 March

            ‘mornin…yeah, my wife is also always after me for quitting smoking. At least you started very late, I’m smoking since I’m 14 or so. Probably the Austrian highway government can build some kilometers of new highway out of my lungs then, hehe :)
            Well, really time to quit this, if it wouldn’t be so hard :)

            • avatar
              SoloDallas
              Posted at 08:50h, 09 March

              Morgen!!!

            • avatar
              rjofig
              Posted at 14:15h, 09 March

              Take the plunge now, guys! I quit about 14 years ago, I’m really, really glad I did. Think of the vintage SG you could get if you set that cash aside, probably within 2 years if you’re a pack-a-day smoker like I was :)

      • avatar
        jakesg61
        Posted at 12:17h, 13 March

        How the decibles comming up from that basement havent brought the house down baffles me hehe

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 13:52h, 13 March

          Answer: attenuator! I bring the sound down to almost headphones level :) In the evening and at night though, I recert to Guitar Rig Pro 4 :)

  • avatar
    LedSabbath
    Posted at 18:49h, 05 March

    I think you should demo that Telecaster in the bottom picture.

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 14:15h, 07 March

      I have special plans for that one… heheheh πŸ˜‰

      • avatar
        jakesg61
        Posted at 12:20h, 13 March

        I was watching an interview with Angus Young, and he said in the earlier days they used to use a telecaster as a backup guitar if a string broke on one of the others, theres also a picture of him playing an ES 335 in the booklet that comes inside the highway to hell album cover

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 13:52h, 13 March

          And that’s why I have one too. Also, I am secretly in love with country music. The more rock/pop side of it.

          • avatar
            Angusrocks
            Posted at 18:19h, 13 March

            Hi Fil,
            yes, i like that kind of music, too. Sometimes i listen to that radiostation http://www.995thewolf.com/
            and then i remember that night in Billys Bob Texas when a countryband was playing there.
            Good good times !!!!

  • avatar
    Hamps93
    Posted at 17:33h, 05 March

    Fil, I’d love to see (and hear) more of that SG Deluxe of yours! Looks totally badass πŸ˜€ that SG + 2203 = love at first feel πŸ˜€

  • avatar
    Kris
    Posted at 16:32h, 05 March

    Where can one buy that table of yours? I want one for my new room! πŸ˜€

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 14:15h, 07 March

      Kris, I had that made for me :)

      • avatar
        Kris
        Posted at 20:54h, 08 March

        Oh darn. Well, come hell or high water, I have got to find a similar one! :)

  • avatar
    solocali
    Posted at 23:38h, 02 March

    Fil you have more vintage equipment than the Guitar Center vintage department in Vegas haha thats cool :)

  • avatar
    Devil'Fingers"
    Posted at 20:26h, 02 March

    Vibrato thread!!!
    I put some links here with FANATASTIC examples of Angus’ vibrato:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYai8wdg7nE ( 3:33)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bsT1OBJ5mA (4:04)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSOBEo_wSBM (4:13 and forward) (better to see in slow down)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iWNjcgFfdg (4:36 and bit forward)

    I know it’s not good article to post it in , but I hope you find interesting, and if somebody can see some other good examples , let’s post it here! :)

  • avatar
    Devil'Fingers"
    Posted at 20:03h, 02 March

    Yes it looks fantastic, and Fil is it located in your home?

  • avatar
    06AngusSG
    Posted at 17:19h, 02 March

    Looks better!! :) Maybe you won’t look so cramped in your videos now.

    I do understand the “mess in a day” thing though. That happens every time I clean my garage/woodshop/mechanic shop/guitar repair station/recording station/ect…. You get the picture!!!!
    πŸ˜‰

  • avatar
    Hyce
    Posted at 16:30h, 02 March

    Is that…. 26 guitars?

    Dear lord man! If that doesn’t give me G.A.S. (because I’ve only got 1) then nothing will!

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 16:44h, 02 March

      Sincerely, I have no idea how many I have. There’s more, but I consider them either projects or rejects (lol) and so they sit scattered around in other places. There’s a bit like 10 more around, some at the luthier shop (3 or 4) being worked on (3 are project guitars) and some other here, in another basement and a couple up at home. I used to own in the 100s (less than 100) when I had the studio. But I sold most of them (a few got stolen in the process, among which, a terrific 1950s Les Paul conversion, a mint 1961 SG Standard, and a few more, sigh)

  • avatar
    Thundersnook
    Posted at 16:26h, 02 March

    This room definitely requires a fisheye-lens Fil! xD Great thing! Looks like being in a shop! Nice, bright environment! =)

  • avatar
    rpatzelt
    Posted at 14:58h, 02 March

    Ha, ha Fil, that’s a brilliant design! You make the room larger through furniture transparency and mirrors and your gear seems to float in this holospace :)

  • avatar
    Tyler
    Posted at 14:20h, 02 March

    I spot one of those 70’s sg deluxes there Fil, nice addition to the collection!

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 14:22h, 02 March

      you bright eyes πŸ˜‰
      There quite a few things in there that none of you have seen yet, but I ain’t telling. Everything will come at its preper time πŸ˜‰

      • avatar
        ar2619Rob
        Posted at 14:56h, 02 March

        I’m always trying to spot something we haven’t seen too (hi Tyler), but I’ve never seen an ES335 or similar. I would have expected you to have one of these in your armoury, have you tried and discarded one or just never fancied one? Or are you just hiding yours, lol.
        I know that you’ve got a few single coils we haven’t seen too. I would like an old Strat or Tele some day but what I will have eventually (when I’ve got an arm and a leg to spare) is an ES355 TDSV such as this one:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R455KknvJgo&feature=related

        I quite like Phil X, but maybe his style is not making the most of it.

        • avatar
          Tyler
          Posted at 15:26h, 02 March

          Hey rob, that es355 is a beautiful guitar. Phil X is one lucky bastard, getting to try out all those vintage guitars! I would love to see that tele Fil, I’ve always had a thing for Tele’s!

          • avatar
            headwhop26
            Posted at 16:52h, 02 March

            :O I didnt know there were other Fretted Americana / Phil X fans in here! I love those videos,

            And also, your lab is just too cool. Not only am I extremely envious of your entire computer battlestation, that SG sitting next to the cab blows my mind.

            Iv always wondered, though, are those mirrors or windows on the wall to the right? Like, is this at your house?

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 16:41h, 02 March

          I used to have several 335s, but eventually I sold them all. The sound I wanted from the 335 was the one I wanted from a (good) Les Paul. Cutting, almost hollow at times… but if you hear the Metro sessions, with most LPs I try and get that sort of tone. So I sold them (I also needed money for the “black hole” studio). Also, they tended to feedback too easily at the volumes I used to play at πŸ˜‰

          • avatar
            Dobos ÁdÑm
            Posted at 21:36h, 02 March

            Have you ever tried an ES 339 ? It looks like a 335, but it’s about the size of a les paul (not like the 335 which has pretty big body). Looks like a great blues guitar for me :)

        • avatar
          nitroangus23
          Posted at 23:26h, 02 March

          I like Phil X as well,very talented,that’s for sure.

  • avatar
    Ant
    Posted at 13:52h, 02 March

    I love that little amp on your desk, how good is it? or is it just a ornament lol

    wheres your stormtrooper? :( *cry*

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 13:55h, 02 March

      Stormtrooper had to go and do some business lol
      He left a few helmets in the room though πŸ˜‰
      Jokes apart, I have 5 stormtroopers. Two in the garage, one in another basement and one at the office lol No room for them here unfortunately.
      That little amp on the consolle is actually working, and I did like it more than actual Marshall amps much more expensive than it until I got the recent JMPs!

      • avatar
        Ant
        Posted at 10:03h, 03 March

        you got 5! 0.o lol you home is well guarded then….. or not hehe

        i want one of them amps hehe

    • avatar
      rpatzelt
      Posted at 15:09h, 02 March

      Haa, I’ve spotted two helmets… so the guys are nearby. Maybe they are off duty and drink a cappuccino with Fil.

  • avatar
    banane
    Posted at 12:39h, 02 March

    Really a cool lab, Fil. Will make myself also such one, when Sonja went out to her own flat. Maybe with less guitars and amps, but basically like this. Looks like bedroom rockers paradise :)

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 12:44h, 02 March

      hihihi πŸ˜›

      Danke bro’! :)

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