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AC/DC “Ride On” (Studio)

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    Frax2013
    Posted at 14:35h, 01 November

    Hi Dallas,

    The Solos on these early AC/DC songs are quite unusual in terms of tone “Ride on” displays this perfectly as does Rock N Roll singer (these are the first that spring to mind), whats going on with the tone here, was Angus using the neck pickup? I love this tone by the way and youve nailed it in your video.

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      Frax2013
      Posted at 14:42h, 01 November

      Actually, just ignore my last message as i’ve inspected the video more carefully it looks as though your using the bridge pickup for solos aswell, do you keep the tone control quite low?

      Many thanks and apologies for all the questions.

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        SoloDallas
        Posted at 14:45h, 01 November

        Scotty, don’t even think about apologising! Unneeded here. The “secret” to this sound is the following components:

        – Quality Gibson (or replica) SG Standard (with hum buckers)
        – Marshall 1959 model or similar “simple circuit amp” (NO master volumes, gain amps etc.)
        – tone of the guitar MUST be closed to 4 or 5 (old secret of Angus’ in the early days for solos)
        – cabinet should be loaded with G12Ms greenbacks or similar speakers.

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          Frax2013
          Posted at 14:52h, 01 November

          Cool, many thanks for quick response SolloDallas.

          I must admit i don’t have all the same gear but I have a 2013 SG standard and a Marshall EL34 powered amp (DSL40c) which i can get fairly close to the tone with (well close enough for me to enjoy playing AC/DC through it) but where i’m going wrong is keeping the tone control on 8-10. I will look forward to trying it out tonight at 5. Was Highway to hell the same on the tone control? Because that sounds a little bit similar, sort of nasally?

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            SoloDallas
            Posted at 14:54h, 01 November

            YES – you nailed it. Tone is closed on rhythm and solos on HtH! AND MV (2203) Marshall, to which you could even get closer with your current amp. If you turn the “gain” knob low enough (but not excessively low) I think you can well simulate – for enjoyment purposes – the sound of a 1959

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              Frax2013
              Posted at 15:01h, 01 November

              Thanks again Dallas,

              I’m keeping the gain at about 9.00 o clock on the DSL40c which seems to be where it’s happening this type of tone.

      • avatar
        SoloDallas
        Posted at 14:47h, 01 November

        PS did you check my latest version of this song? 100 times better than this ole crap 😛

        http://www.solodallas.com/acdcs-ride-on-solodallas-cover/

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          Frax2013
          Posted at 14:57h, 01 November

          I hadn’t but i will be doing so as soon as possible. Gosh i love this website and theres so much i havn’t explored on here yet, i just love the way you get the exact tones and research AC/DC so well. If it wasn’t for you and the other guys on here i’d probably still believe the crap they put on message boards about AC/DC using JTM45 on all there stuff.

  • avatar
    Exeyoung
    Posted at 21:57h, 30 January

    hi Dallas exelente version, amazing song of ac/dc. Do you have a tutorial of this sng solo? thanks. Salute you, rock

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