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AC/DC “Highway To Hell” (Studio)

15 Aug AC/DC “Highway To Hell” (Studio)

This video was shot in my former recording studio, Studio58a.

Guitar used here was my 1970 Gibson SG Standard played on a reissue Marshall head and cabinet, being a 1987XL Modified by David Bray and a 1960B cabinet with reissue (at the time) G12Ms.

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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28 Comments
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    toolhead
    Posted at 18:42h, 14 August

    Great cover! It’s funny when you try to get feedback at the end :) Thanks for uploading I haven’t seen this in ages!

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    Thurm4308
    Posted at 15:46h, 10 October

    Thought I’d never see this again Dude your the best !!!

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      Ant
      Posted at 18:18h, 10 October

      you seen his more recent stuff on Latest Updates?

      if you havent check it out NOW!! it will blow your mind ๐Ÿ˜›

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    letko
    Posted at 19:42h, 08 January

    hi guys, great covers, i salute you ๐Ÿ˜€
    one thing i wanna ask: i bought a headphones and plug it to reduction on my mobile, its a bit complicated but when i listened to the ac dc song i ve heard only drums and malcolm rythm guitar, no bon, angus or clif…. its sounds horible but then i realized that i heard all rythmic paterns very clean, especialy during the solos and coruses… and malcolm played the corus of HTH like this: A A A G E E E G E
    he played there three A chords, is this posible? becouse all the guitar players playes it with only two A chords
    i can record these wierd headphones and post it if you want, thanks for the answer

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    rover
    Posted at 00:17h, 05 January

    Wow, this sounds great Mackollas. The solo is different for the live version compared to the studio version, and this video makes it clearer to me how the live version is played. I like the live version and I guess Angus does too, since that’s how he always plays it now…

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    Hyce777
    Posted at 06:35h, 16 October

    Hey Fil,

    Mark again here. I tried to figure out the solo on this song the best I could yesterday, this is what I came up with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxfq6EobbnQ

    I know the last parts of the solo and the first parts of the outro aren’t right, could you point me in the right direction?

    Thanks,
    Mark

    P.S. Excuse the tone of my guitar, experimented with microphone position and it seems to have overloaded the mic after I published the video. Hmm… I suppose I’ll have to invest in an actual microphone rather than a gaming headset :) . Any recommendations?

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    StuartAlderson
    Posted at 14:36h, 27 September

    Hey Solodallas how did you get the tone absolutly perfect on that Highway To Hell vid with your 1970 Gibson SG standard. because I’ve been trying for at least a couple of years now so I was wondering could you e-mail me the settings for the amplifier if that is alright. P.S. have you got any tips on starting a rock band like for what I should do with my gear

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    ScottyTooHotty43
    Posted at 03:05h, 20 August

    Hey bro how goes it?. Any chance I could get you to email me…? It`s important. (=

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    OldSchoolRocker666
    Posted at 09:52h, 17 August

    I find it hard as hell to play while doing anything else, like tapping foot or so, or playing while standing up, i try to keep the rythm memorised in head to compensate, its hard, since if i begins to move i miss notes or loses the rythm part, and has to try over again, is foot tapping something you would recommend using? I’am trying but it mostly fails haha

    By the way, do you have any plans for any forum? I think it could be a good thing if we had a forum ๐Ÿ˜€

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 09:55h, 17 August

      Forum… is coming! :)
      Yes, it is hard to do “something else” while playing. But remember, playing is physical. Moving could help you play better. For me, it is a must: if I don’t move, I can’t keep up with the timing the way I want to

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        OldSchoolRocker666
        Posted at 10:34h, 17 August

        Ok i tried again a few times and i have to say it feels easier to get the timing done, but i think i gotta work on it, dont wanna be force to sit down to play guitar , would look bad in some sense in my opinion.

        Thanks for tips :)

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    Tyler
    Posted at 19:58h, 16 August

    Fil, when I listen to the original version of this, I can’t help but notice angus’ huge guitar sound during the verses. The more I listen to it sounds like it’s atleast two guitars recorded kind of layed over each other to get that monstrous sound. One guitar with more emphasis on high’s and one more with emphasis on the bass and midrange.

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      Tyler
      Posted at 20:30h, 16 August

      no, not during the chorus, during the 1st and second verses where it appears to be just angus’ part.

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        SoloDallas
        Posted at 02:35h, 17 August

        Let’s keep in mind that this is a mono version. Impossible here to tell who’s who. We need the stereo version.

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 02:30h, 17 August

      Yes. Entirely possible and my thoughts too, as well.
      Now you all listen carefully. This is the first album produced by Mutt Lange. The guy was a genius and had quite many tricks. These were the times when AC/DC needed those tricks. I believe that in several parts and in several songs of HTH, Angus may have a few overdubbed parts. For sure this happened in the past as well, I hear it often even on the early records. When someone made a little mistake or just to fatten up the sound, this was a used feature (it still is today). You can definitely hear that there is something “weird” by listening at the “detune” that his guitar has. THIS is a very important technical aspect of recoding sound that WE WILL cover together in the near future.

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    JimVibe
    Posted at 19:22h, 16 August

    Just as a wish โ€” could you do a tutorial for “Alright now”. I know you have spent a lot of time to get the strumming pattern right. I wonder if you’ve changed it the last year. Probably they just played it with two guitars, so it sounded so sick.

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 19:27h, 16 August

      THAT was another one I had in mind. YES. I am doing one in september, after FreeBird. Yes, he recorded two guitars in stereo in the original version, plus probably two more – always in stereo – in the edited, remixed version that came out a bit later. So there were quite many guitars playng a slightly different pattern there. I got those patterns down, almost all of them. It’s very energetic and very physical. Kossoff was really intense.

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    SoloDallas
    Posted at 19:14h, 16 August

    Common thing. Try to take the D string off of the nut (pull it off) and then put it back. At times, dirt gets in it. I don’t think it’s the nut though, it’s the frets. Probably the neck, you must have moved the bridge. Try the opposite then: ARCH the neck a TAD more. Just a tiny little bit (clockwise). That should heighten the D off of the frets that are badly leveled. Then, you can try to re-adjust the bridge lowering it down. It really is a combination of the two actions of neck curve plus bridge height (given good, leveled frets)

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    SoloDallas
    Posted at 18:50h, 16 August

    Oh not to worry. That happens all the time when you’re trying to find the right setup. I’d raise the bridge JUST on the thick stings side, EAD side. Bring it up a bit. If it did before, too, you may need a fret job. I always have all of my guitars set up very well by a luthier, plus I may do my little own setting. If you really hate it and can’t fix it, re-turn the truss rod slightly clock-wise, to release it a bit and re-arch it. A few of your frets might be in the way of that D string. No worries: keep on tweaking it. NEVER force the truss rod either way, just little adjustments, you’ll find your setting. REMEMBER: it takes time to understand, though it’s no complex thing. Take your time, do it slowly, don’t expect huge results immediately

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    SoloDallas
    Posted at 17:30h, 16 August

    Don’t struggle on it, maybe you can’t do it alone. Either your father may help you, or a friend or – consider it – a luthier, if there’s one in your town? Don’t be sad, it’s not a big issue, you’ll fix it I am sure :)

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    SoloDallas
    Posted at 17:15h, 16 August

    Anytime! You know where I am :)

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    SoloDallas
    Posted at 17:11h, 16 August

    GREAT tone there. Way to go. I WANT you to LISTEN to the drums and to Malcolm, more. More syncopated rhythm, more timing, more groove. You’re getting there, I can see that, you’re tapping your feet already, I see that, that’s good! But you’re playing over it, not with it, yet. That’s why I move like a freak: to keep up with the great timing and groove. Anywhoo, that is a GREAT job. At your age I didn’t play HALF as good as you play NOW. It’s for real. Solo was also GOOD. Good notes, decent timing. YOu may want to insist on your vibrato. Vibrato is the most difficult thing there is on the electric guitar, as well as timing (good timing). It’s the two most important things that will define YOUR style and personality. I am not referring to being like Angus: I am not. I am referring to absolute, good timing and good “touch” on the vibrato. Vibrato takes a lot of effort from your whole body, too. Very, very well done Marcus!!!

    Fil :)

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      JimVibe
      Posted at 19:41h, 16 August

      I’ve always suggested playing over the backing track. Because original recording always helps to hide all mistakes :-)

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        SoloDallas
        Posted at 19:43h, 16 August

        Shamefully true ๐Ÿ˜€ But that’s why I always say “don’t play over it, play WITH it”! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          JimVibe
          Posted at 20:18h, 16 August

          I agree with you the vibrato is very important. Though I don’t like Angus vibrato very much, I prefer the wider and slower one. It’s very personal thing, as you’ve said. So I guess you prefer Angus vibrato?
          I was a big fan of SRV before I moved to AC/DC probably that’s why :)

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    SoloDallas
    Posted at 17:06h, 16 August

    Hehehe. I told you!!!
    Lemme watch it

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    OldSchoolRocker666
    Posted at 18:44h, 15 August

    This is the best Highway to Hell-cover i have ever seen, You nailed it really good there! Good work!

    I wonder, does Malcolm do the main riff and Angus the Chorus parts, or does Angus play both Main riff and chorus part?

    Is that your 1970 – SG ?

    Great cover!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 15:03h, 16 August

      Yes, that’s my ’70s SG (if you click the link under the video, it should take you to it). Angus does the main riff, just like I tried to play in this video. Actually, the parts I play are exactly Angus’ parts. I like better my latest HtH cover, I think it’s more “groovy”

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