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04 Oct Test Driving A Schaffer Replica® Pedal & A Rock N Roll Relics Angus Model: AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”

Here to you, the second part (out of… X) of our “Studio Day” in Los Angeles, CA last August, following up on our first Test Driving A Schaffer Replica™ Pedal & A Rock N Roll Relics Angus Model: AC/DC’s “Sin City” where Billy Rowe of RockNrollRelics.net and myself “test drove” our respective pieces of equipment (his “Angus” model SG Standard modeled after a late ’60s Gibson SG Standard with some specific requirements by me, first and foremost being, my requirement for playability and ease of set up whereas often vintage Gibson SGs really demand a lot of work for a number of reasons). The Studio was Gilby Clarke‘s own home studio (beautiful!) in Los Angeles. I can not quite describe the feeling of being there while looking at some gold albums affixed on the walls… felt pretty weird. Gilby was terrific with us. Completely down to earth, colloquial (i.e., liked to speak to us), just a common “rock n roll guy” like us. Since he’s been friends with Billy for a long time (probably since the teenager years) this surely helped. (more…)

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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”

Well,

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 Jul Where is Fil?

Dear Members,

I think this posting title is almost traditional now, as we have it everytime when Fil disappears for a while. Well, at the moment he’s in the USA for a few months, and right now, while I’m writing this, he is in Los Angeles. Since yesterday. In a studio. Recording. With the Replica. Just leaving this photo of him recording a solo for now. More to come 🙂

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13 Jul Ken Schaffer’s First Post: Hello, SoloDallas.com!

Gentlemen of the Quest,

 

This may be redundant – or ironic – but allow me to introduce myself.  Hi, I’m Ken Schaffer. This is my first post to SoloDallas. I designed and built the SVDS in 1976, had a ball introducing just about every band to it… and, 5 years later, disappeared from rock to develop other kinds of technologies. I stepped away from SVDS in about 1981 and went on into other hot pursuits such as satellite earth stations, Soviet-American breakthroughs and more unconnected tasks.

 

So maybe you can imagine my surprise when after 30 years I got some timid letter from one Filippo Olivieri… (more…)

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