Author: SoloDallas

03 Feb Introducing the “Wizard Modern Classic 100W” with Black Robot’s “Cocaine” Cover

Update note: We just received a kind email of Mr. Rick St. Pierre (Wizard founder, owner and maker) who has informed us that AC/DC started using Wizard amplifiers exactly during the 1990 Razor Edge tour. 

I think it doesn’t get more accurate than this, since he is the man who provided, serviced and maintained the amps for AC/DC!



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31 Dec Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the (New!) Years” Featuring Mr. Elliott Randall (SoloDallas cover, SVDS)

It was one quick email exchange with Mr. Ken Schaffer (his personal site here) that suggested me (well, he did) a possible title to end this year and bring on the next one.

Given my recent meeting with Mr. Elliott Randall (and my past as a listener to Steely Dan since I was oh 17 years old) I just had to try and wear much larger shoes than mine: Mr. Randall’s, in fact.

So it is another sweet pleasure to introduce you to “Reelin’ In The Years”.

To those of you who haven’t listened to Steely Dan yet – please do so. There is world to learn about music into Steely Dan.

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22 Dec Minor Schaffer-Vega Replica Prototype Test in simulated band context

Using a Drum Loop found on youtube. I often look out for inspiring drum loops.

Three guitars used, left 1963 Gretsch Firebird, right and center recent Gibson 1959 Les Paul Replica.

Bass is 1974 firebird.


Amplifier used is 1976 Marshall 1959. settings are presence 0, bass 5, mids 3, treble 5, volume 6.

Prototype settings are TX compression/gain 3 o’clock; output clean boost 10 o’clock for Les Paul, 9 o’ clock Gretsch (cleaner).


I am only playing with the prototype of recent. Despite it being hissy (PLEASE NOTE: all guitars were “gated” here) it does bring me back my beloved original Schaffer-Vega Diversity vibe.

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15 Dec The Schaffer-Vega Diversity Replica (Updated)

And now Ladies (any ladies here at all? 🙂 ) & Gentlemen.

A moment of Respect & Admiration for the man himself, Mr. Ken Schaffer.

I presume all of you are able to feel the respect and admiration that I have for Mr. Schaffer. I have read his biography (though partial and summarized, see his site ) several times, and it would appear that he has lived 5 or 6 different lives all packed into one. By itself this is cause for admiration, but reading what he has achieved, and how he has achieved it really ‘does it for me’. Also, last but not least, the making of the SVDS with its history and accompanying stories is overwhelming.

So please enjoy these two images of Mr. Schaffer.


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and today (more…)

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18 Nov AC/DC’s “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be” (Studio, from, “Let There Be Rock”)

As anticipated here a few days ago, I think I really did manage to capture this sound as well. It’s – as always – a matter of “studio album sound”, in the sense that, with minor adjustments, it was used all along on Let There Be Rock. This is my theory: (more…)

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