Author: SoloDallas

30 Sep “Back In Black In The Living Room” (With AC/DC Italy’s Fan Club Founder)

It was several years ago (5 probably) that Gabriele and I met “online”, both passionate about AC/DC as we have always been since an early age.

And it had been years that we wanted to do some jamming together, so he took the chance and came to Rome – he’s from Milan – and stayed a couple days at my place. In probably 1 hour we had setup my living room (it’s a beautiful, long and bright room with wooden floors) with a couple of Wizards, older Marshall cabinets (his has G12H30s, mine cross G12-65s & G12Ms, all from the 1970s) and two Audio Technica AT4047s connected to my Mac Book laptop, recording with Audacity. We improvised probably 5 or 6 AC/DC tunes among the many (I believe almost all) that we know, but we only used the backing tracks on a couple of songs and one is the one you see here (second one to be published next week).


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06 Aug Test Driving A Schaffer Replica™ Pedal & A Rock N Roll Relics Angus Model: AC/DC’s “Sin City”


as some of you (at least) know, I’ve been using the combo Rock N Roll Relics “Angus” Model (available at rocknrollrelics.net) and our own The Schaffer Replica™ Pedal (prototype) and, once here in California (where I still happily am, after a couple of months of relaxing with the family and working) I had the chance of meeting in person Billy Rowe, Rock N Roll Relics owner.

Billy – an extremely cool guy – not only is a guitar brand owner and fine artisan, but he also is… a rocker. He lives like a rocker. He is still out there going into studios and playing live… hope I can keep on doing this myself!

So Billy proposed me…

Hey Fil, why don’t we just get into a studio, you and I and two other guys and sort of wing one or three AC/DC tunes we like?


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04 Aug The Schaffer Replica™ On A 1960 Les Paul “Burst” Standard & 1965 Marshall JTM45 (Camera Audio)

We used to say “while we wait”… and it’s still true 😆

However, we’re closer and closer. And since we are, let me continue teasing you – my beloved solodallas.com friend – with my travels and endeavours as I test for real and for fun our product!

Had a blast. Enjoy!



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21 Jun Summer Goodies – Angus’ & Malcolm’s Own Guitars To Mr. Fairbairn (Played On “The Razor’s Edge”)

Our Own Friend (yes he is, and we’re also working together now) Mr. Billy Rowe, owner of www.rocknrollrelics.net (one of the greatest makers of guitars right now – some are owned by some real rockers) had sent me these images of his buddy Mr. Mitch Merrett ( www.mitchmerrett.com ,  https://www.facebook.com/robert.merrett1 ) while holding the following.

These very guitars are now sitting in Mr. Fairbairn studio in Canada.



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17 Jun That Perfect Couple – A Schaffer Replica Pedal & A Rock ‘n’ Roll Relics “Angus” Model (by Billy Rowe)


after long months of silence (sorry!) I got to do two videos in a row.

And I would do far more if I had the time. Hopefully later. But I really – we really – wanted to get this out.

Great guitar, this Rock ‘n’ Roll Relics. Why, you ask? With all the vintage ones you have… here’s the answer.

I don’t like new, usually. New sounds like new. Plasticky, especially in the case of Gibson co. There are exceptions of course. Plus… expensive, especially if you go custom shop.

Well with Billy Rowe is not really the case. He gives you a guitar like the one you want, the way you want it. And it won’t neither look nor sound like it is new. It does feel and sound like vintage.

Can’t take my eyes off it either… nice to have in my hands and play some. Plays great. Not even plek’d! Just like it came to me from Billy, but set up by me (I like it super low action, just like I think Angus does and always did).



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29 Apr Frank Marino Writes SoloDallas.com

What would you do if in any of your mornings, a guy named Frank Marino wrote you an email saying he found you on the net?

Hi Fil,
I hope you don’t mind, I found your email on the Net.  My name is Frank Marino.  I am the guitarist for the long-time group Mahogany Rush.  Someone sent me your YouTube Video where you demonstrate your SVDS replicator.  I just wanted to let you know that I still have my SVDS, and it is probably one of the first, if not the first, ever made.  Ken Schaffer asked me to test out one of his very first prototypes, which I did on my tours long ago (as I seem to recall, it was actually a beige-yellow color, I think).  After that, he gave me one of the first production units (black, as they came to look) and I used it for a very long time, doing many albums with it as well as all my shows, including my Live album of 77.  I was one of the first (and maybe the first) of the “wireless guitarists”, and I haven’t used a cord since then… ever.  In the very beginning, I even used to tape the transmitter to the body of my SG so that people could see it in full view, because I didn’t want them to think I was fake-playing to a tape or something like that, since they would not see a cord!  There are some photos of that around, and some writers thought I had taped my cigarette pack to my guitar… imagine!  Here are a couple of those (the names on the pics are the photographers’ names):
After that, others started to use the unit (Angus, etc.) and it became more “normal” to see guys without cords.  Also, since you are a big fan of AC/DC, I thought you might like to see this picture from the old days:
Anyway, I still have the SVDS, and I still use it sometimes in the Studio, but I use a different unit live now (Sennheiser) because I don’t want anything to happen to the original.  I try to make up the difference in sound with other devices, because I am also a designer and builder of electronic gear, and I make all of my own amps, pedals and other things, never for sale but only for my own use.
Finally, I just wanted to let you know that I think it’s very cool that you’re building that unit, and to let you know of my own history with it, and with Ken.  I hope it reproduces the sound accurately, and I wish you very well with it.
Best Regards… Ciao,
Frank Marino – Mahogany Rush
This thing alone made several of my days to follow ( 😆 )
And I am posting it here – too – so that every time I read it, will make me feel better.
Well if you are wondering now – of course Frank will get one of the Gold Tag Edition TSR™ signed by Mr. Ken Schaffer!
Note: published with kind permission of Mr. Frank Marino
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27 Apr The Schaffer Replica™ Pedal!

Dear Friends,

it’s been a while (many things happening/happened),

but here we are again, and for good news, too: I’m proud (literally) to be able to announce that the definitive prototype of our Schaffer Replica™ is ready!

This is our official way of opening the pre-order list, too: as it was for the Gold Tag edition, we will be taking orders at replica-preorder@solodallas.com


I used a different amplifier this time – but I’ll demo this prototype with the usual amps too shortly – just to demonstrate that the capabilities of the boost on our TSR are really, really worth of your attention.

I set both the pre-amp and the volume levels at 2 on this combo amp – that is basically, a pretty clean sound. Well , listen to what the TSR does to such a clean sound!

Recorded with one U67 clone (“Peluso 67”).


Yours – always,

Fil 🙂


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