AC/DC’s “Ride On” SoloDallas Cover

29 Mar AC/DC’s “Ride On” SoloDallas Cover

You wanted original sounds, like the ones recored. Well, we promised you that actually.


So take this. Hope you like toons?



Took me 5 days to accomplish.

At first, I was like – happens often – “this is going to take me one day only. Did it many times already, already covered, tutored, everything” (though it was years ago).

Additionally, I was thinking that given that these were the early days, it could be that Angus wasn’t as skilled as in the later years. So once can hope to nail his licks more easily.


Was wrong on all accounts, naturally. Been doing this for years – really – and I still fall into the usual mistake of overlooking things with this “simple” music.

Also, “blues is easy, ain’t it”? You still hear folks referring to these things this way.

Nah folks – brothers in sounds – not us. Not that it’s impossible, but definitely, these are “virtuoso things”, and we must be aware: to do it right, one must prepare himself.

So did I, once I sent Franz – banane – the first clips for sound tests, as we usually do every time.

As the hours passed by though, and I was rehearsing the solos (did the solos first), I realized I was making mistakes on a number of levels.


1.) Was using the 1959 with volume next to 10. Wrong: it has been stated many, many times that more often it was around 7. Took me two days to find out a-gain!

The volume naturally will translate into “drive” of the amp, and the original soloing done on “Ride On” is evidently “clean” (so to say: “clean dirty”, as Tony Platt called it).

2.) microphone position has always to be experimented for optimal results. And it’s so much fun to do as well. It’s really research, and it can be accomplished by any of us using time and some good common sense.

Used one Neumann U67 on the non slanted Marshall cabinet with 1969 G12Ms, and put the mike up left (facing the cab) with the mike tilted towards the outer edge of the cab, but still capturing sound incoming from the top left speaker.

Distance more or less 3 centimeters. In fact, besides it being a “dirty clean” solo sound, there is a terrific “Hollow sound” feeling in this – as in many other solo sounds from the same period – and this was surely accomplished by moving the microphone off axis, off centre.

You really can place the microphone in a number of fantastic spots on a Marshall 4×12 cabinet. Hard work at times, but always pays off.

3). The guitar here has obviously the tone control of the bridge pickup closed to some degree. I tried 2, 4 and 3, and 3 seemed to match the best (final result is what you hear in the video). WHY do this? I.e., why close the tone knob some? CUT THROUGH the mix was the answer.

Remember, at the time there weren’t stomp boxes or other gimmicks. Furthermore, it’s not like Angus would use them even if available. He’s always stated “he’d use the guitar”, and he always did. I think most of these things – including the inner concepts, the “philosophy” about all this, was passed on to him by his older brothers – namely George first and Malcolm second – early on, “forming and forging” him forever. Closing the tone knob some will make for a thicker body of sound, which could then be shaped even better with post EQ (tracking console and mix console). It is true.

4.) These were the years when probably Vanda-Young production used a lot Neve consoles. Therefore, if we want to emulate “that” sound, we must look for Neve plugins.

Used two here, one Slate Virtual Console emulator, and one UAD Neve 1081SE Equalizer module (emulation of a very famous Neve module). There are increasingly more and more plugins out there, for any giver DAW (digital recording platform). I use UAD (Universal Audio) but there is also Wave plugins out there, and they’re good and don’t require additional hardware (as the UAD does). I wholeheartedly recommend that you spend time recording and messing around with post-production (after recording) sound manipulation. I’m always here to help if you need me.

To my ears, it came out close to Angus’ original sound. They may have used some baffles – I hear certain notes resonating against something for sure – but I haven’t. I used open mic on the cab as most of the times.


I truly think “my” results are replicable, and this is why I have been writing all of this down for all of these months: I think one can replicate and even do better than me. Do it, it’s worth it!








Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri

We Are Rock 'N Roll People.

  • avatar
    Posted at 22:25h, 18 July

    Just seen again….. This one is now next on my list…. will see how i go πŸ˜€ i need to practice the more “reserved/bluesy” playing so this one should be a good start!

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    Posted at 14:32h, 20 May

    Gorgeous !!!

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    Posted at 16:44h, 30 April

    hi, there are also some lessons here? i was looking for ride on solo……thanks

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    Posted at 15:26h, 23 April

    Fil, sometime you ought to try and cover Little Lover off High Voltage. Thats a song that I listen to almost every morning, but you never see too many people cover. Pretty please? πŸ˜€

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    Posted at 14:20h, 14 April

    hi Phil
    Once again you have made my day. This is one of my favourite acdc tracks, Angus and Bon at there best. Love your version and the tone is awesome. thanks for the little tone knob advice as well
    happy birthday for last week
    may you have many many more

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    Posted at 17:44h, 12 April

    i thought i should post this, could be interesting !?


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    acdc sg marshall
    Posted at 03:04h, 08 April

    I’d like to have the setting amp of this great song please =-)

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      Posted at 08:04h, 08 April

      Ouch you’re right thought I added them somewhere.
      It’s because they were sort of standard in the end. Whenever I try to get away from the usual presence 0, bass 3-4, mids -3-4, treble 5-6 and volume 7 most of the times I am not able to match Angus’ sounds. When instead I remain in that range, it does come out.
      Those were the settings (above), in that range. I don’t remember exactly what was what now, but I can guarantee you those were them. With that range of settings and the microphone in the right place (and the guitar tone knob on 3-4) you should be able to nail it.

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        acdc sg marshall
        Posted at 15:37h, 08 April

        Thanks a lot and continue your good work

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    Posted at 01:35h, 05 April

    Epic cover fratello mio. I always get shivers on my spine when I listen this tune on my headphones. There is something that could move mountains. Anyway, timing is king…
    Aaaaaaand, btw, Happy Birthday ol’ chap!

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    Posted at 16:27h, 02 April

    Your old Ride On video was the first one I ever learned from Fil, so this is really nostalgic for me!

    The touch and finesse you have with this song is really incredible. You can really hear each string vibrate and each little sweep of the pick. Masterfully done πŸ˜€

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      Posted at 20:20h, 03 April

      Also, the posterized effect looks SO COOL with the reflection of the guitar on the second solo.

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    Posted at 08:31h, 02 April

    4:17 – 4:25 is the hardest part is the solo for me to do or at least the get the idea of what Angus is doing…he is just flying and flowing effortlessly watching Fil do it….

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    Posted at 20:26h, 01 April

    Superb! πŸ˜›
    One of my favourites from them πŸ˜›

    Everything is really spot on!

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    Posted at 00:00h, 01 April

    I love this song, its always been one of my favorites.Fil nice job on the clean tone, solo, and video effects haha.

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    Posted at 23:51h, 31 March

    my quest for gear is almost complete Ive got the 2204 and G12-65s plus a black gibson SG standard with angus young sig pick up but that SG in this video is my dream guitar I hope I can get one like that someday I need to learn how to use E bay and save some more money though if I can get that guitar my quest will be complete πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 14:50h, 31 March

    Fil you should put up something quick for Angus’ 57th birthday today!

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    Posted at 14:09h, 31 March

    ahhaaha, When I was in school I was thinking about this song all the time, I’m coming home, turn on sd.com and see this cover. Sign from heaven? πŸ˜€ Great playing Fil! haha

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      Posted at 14:10h, 31 March

      Oh forgot…… vibrato <3 πŸ˜€

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    dave realm
    Posted at 10:06h, 31 March

    Hi Fil
    Got onto your website through Jaiminho Pagina’s youtube channel. I play professionally In Australia, performing in a Duo, Trio and a Rock Covers band, I am a rhythm guitar player essentially, sing some lead vocal on a number of songs and sing back up vocals. I have also done some courses relating to sound engineering and do all the stage mixes for those three acts. But you know what, I am a closet lead guitar player. Have been trying to master the art for the past four years, working on the usual strength, fluency and vibrato. The band lets me take a number of solo’s here and there, we have a lead guitar player who is really good, and it is great fun. Man your guitar playing and tone is amazing, I also like your recording work. It’s great to see somebody so totally dedicated to their chosen craft and paying homage to some of the greatest classic rock guitar players the world has ever seen. I’ll be watching your websie from now on, keep tip the good work. All the best from NSW Australia.

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    Posted at 00:32h, 31 March

    Way to nail it Fil! It’s perfect!

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