Author: SoloDallas

13 Nov The Word Spreads Out.

Dear Friends,

Been a while I haven’t posted here – home!

Very busy with “everything” 😀 But things are looking…. great, frankly.

Having said that, it seems like the word about Angus Young using the SVDS is… spreading out (check below). I wonder where they read it on?




Fil! 🙂


Article found by member RangemasterJim:

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18 Sep The eBay “Watch” Post

Update info as per 18th Sep 2012: removed outdated links and older comments. Banane (Franz)


I am frequently asked by many of you “Fil, what could or should I buy…? Would this or that be good, and how much should I pay?… listen Fil, this one sounds like a great rock and roll guitar….?”

So this is the place for you to post links to point me to, or for me to point you to, equipment sales ads of interest.

So from time to time I’ll post here selected eBay items (and other internet places/links) that either I would buy myself or strongly suggest you to look into. Please feel free to do the same in the comment boxes below, I’ll look into them eventually and add it to the post here).

Most of the time, I will look for/will be looking at issue/bargain pieces.


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16 Jul Updated: SoloDallas.Net T-Shirts. Who Wants Them?

Update as per July 16th, 2012 by Banane (Franz)

Dear members,

because we a) switched to solodallas.com (though solodallas.com still belongs to us, it’s just forwarded to .com) and b) there will be new shirts in autumn we decided to throw the rest of the shirts out, very cheap. We’re making a loss with them now but at least we can free up some storage space and the shirts get worn, hopefully.


As we announced on the Facebook page:

Headstock shirts are still available in the sizes: S, L, XL & XXL

Guitar shirts in the sizes: L, XL & XXL
Headstock shirts cost: 12€/ US $14,70
Guitar shirts cost 10€/ US $12,25


All prices excluding postal. Please drop me a mail to banane@exception.at for ordering.

No, the girl is still not for sale 😛


Rock on,



Update as per September 18th, by Banane (Franz)

Dear members,

Fil and I decided that I’ll continue the shirt handling. So I did some cleanup work here in this posting to make things short.

For ordering shirts, please leave a comment here, I read them all. Or write me a mail to banane@exception.at with your order and your full postal address, so I can calculate the postal costs and send you a mail back with all information.

And don’t forget to send a photo of yourself wearing the shirt to member frankjoss for our upcoming members gallery:

Member frankjoss (Frank) plans to make a nice rogue gallery poster of us all, wearing our shirts. So, if you want to see yourself on the poster, shoot a nice pic of yourself and send it to Frank: knarfm@wanadoo.fr

Please consider Frank’s needs for the photos:

Could all members who “donate” a photo try and get the full torso in arms and head from waist up no cropping… it’ll just make things easier for me without inventing hair-dos and adding elbows etc etc. Also when you send me the mail could I have your heights we’ll get the proportions right.


Final T-Shirt prices including package costs, without postal charges

Guitar T-Shirt


Headstock design 1 Shirt: €16,50 / US$23,24 / GBP 14,48                Guitar design 1 Shirt: €13,50 / US$19,01 / GBP 11,85

There’s no profit made with the shirts. Just our own costs will be covered.

Postal charges

Location              Costs 1 Shirt    Costs 2 Shirts    Costs 3 Shirts
EU Priority             6,20 €               8,00 €                 10,75 €
World Priority       6,85 €              10,75 €                17,85 €
World Economy    5,54 €                6,20 €                11,00 €

Because of the very long delievery times when using economy, I recommend priority delievery.


Payment can only be done via PayPal. Ask me for bank wire payment within Europe.

To give you an idea how his is how the shirts look like, I asked my stepdaughter Sonja for playing my T-Shirt model with the M size shirts:

Guitar design

Headstock Design


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20 Mar Free’s “Allright Now”, Unreleased Version SoloDallas Cover




Not that our grandchildren may be interested in this write up, but I always owe you at least a brief description.

The acoustic is an older of mine, never showed I think, usually I play it to my children. It’s a 15 years old Larrivee “Presentation”, bought new back then.

It is an extremely light guitar, featherweight. I put 009s on it, as I do with ALL my guitars (yes, even acoustics!). I like the sound of 9s. I think also Pete Townshend played at least a few times acoustics with thinner strings.

I also like the sound of it recorded, and in fact I recorded it with my Neumann U67 (whatever you put through it, will come out nicely).

I compressed (post-compression) the HECK out of it, that’s how I like the sound of acoustics: super compressed. I think “back in the day” many did that, and I still dig that sound.

The plugin I used to compress it though, is a “Fairchild” UAD emulation, a very good one. I used to have a real Fairchild at the studio for a while, a mono version of it. Great compressor.

I also recorded vocals with the U67 and compressed my voice. I sang in all the choruses except the one with the solo (a long one too).

Electric guitar is a particular Les Paul that you saw me (if you did) play in an older video, the “Slow Turn” one. It has a newer, high quality original Gibson neck, but the body is not a Gibson. It is an old growth wood body made by a luthier and it sports boutique pickups of some brand (will remember that if you want me; not a secret but lousy memory). Harness is the RS-Guitarworks one (pots, caps, all).

It’s a great guitar really, though it does sound “new” compared to the other older Les Pauls I have. However, I like to change gear (and play different guitars) often. It’s also a “rotation” of the guitars I do to play them all. I still think that playing the guitars make them sound good in time.

The amp was my Wizard Vintage Classic, you can probably hear its characteristic vibe, although for the rhythm sound I was going with as much as possible a similar sound to Koss’ on that recording.

Which sounds very much like a microphone was shoved somewhere off axis and off center. Which is what I did too, from center of the cab I moved it slightly towards one speaker rotating the mike in the speaker general direction.  Amp’s settings were my usual one basically, with presence 2, bass 2, mids 5, treble 6, volume 7.

You have – some of you at least – seen me play this song for years, in several versions.

So you’d think that I’m confident with this song. Wrong. I am not. I still have to fight it to the edge, every time. I think also Koss had to fight his guitar with this part. It’s just “tough” to nail, because you need to make it roar by striking it quickly and heavily. The “heavily” is just a naturally consequence of the strumming pattern you’re forced to make in order to get the timing right.

The timing here is REALLY fundamental (it always is for me) but here if you don’t pull it right, you will sound like shit no matter what you try.

I don’t think there is another way – physically – to play this. Your right arm HAS to go down and up that way. Would be curious to see how Koss did it, but never found a video where he played exactly this part like this. Live he used to do it mildly, maybe because it would be too demanding this way and he could not hold up the whole concert with this type of effort.

The best one I like – video – is this:


PLEASE try this yourself and comment away.

The solo was not easy either, also because I had to slightly re-arrange it to make it fit on the part. These vibratos will kill you (but will make you exercise as well). But if you manage to pull it off right… you’re going to go to the moon for the resulting pleasure and satisfaction (not saying that I did though).


For the solo I used the beloved SVDS with mild boost, since the Wizard Vintage Classic is really a CLEAN amp. Had to blast the amp’s volume at 10! And it still wouldn’t drive too much. NOT like a Marshall 1959 for sure. A Marshall 1959 has way more drive than this amp. This is a wanted feature of the amp (so much for AC/DC wanting hotter amps?).

I will likely try to change the pre-amp tube in the V1 stage to get it more driven.

The microphone – U67 again – position was different to the rhythm part naturally, and it was closer and more in front of the speaker to try and get as much drive (or a perception of it) as possible. Same settings as for rhythm, with the exception of the amp’s volume in fact blasted to 10.

With the SVDS it became a lot easier to play the solo, since the SVDS does intentionally compress the signal giving you more sustain and more drive, if you clean-boost (which I did).




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