09 Apr AC/DC at the Coachella Festival – Youtube Livestream!

Hello guys!


A heads up for everyone – On April 10th, 2015 (next friday) AC/DC will be hitting up the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the gig will be streamed for FREE on the Coachella Youtube account!

The boys are scheduled to start at 10:35PM local time (GMT-7).


Make sure to check what time it will be where you live. Here’s a little reference list I compiled:


Hawaii (GMT-10) – 7:35PM (FRI)

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, Vancouver (GMT-7) – 10:35PM (FRI)

New York, Miami, Toronto, Montreal (GMT-4) – 1:35AM (SAT)

São Paulo, Buenos Aires (GMT-3) – 2:35AM (SAT)

UK, Ireland, Portugal (GMT+1) – 6:35AM (SAT)

France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria (GMT+2) – 7:35AM (SAT)

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane (GMT+10) – 3:35PM (SAT)

Wellington, Auckland (GMT+12) – 5:35PM (SAT)




Until then! :)


EDIT: This source seems to indicate Coachella will NOT stream the AC/DC gig. Bummer…



Sorry about that guys…




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14 Nov It’s Official: The Schaffer Replica was used on AC/DC’s album “Rock Or Bust” (Guitar Player Magazine)

Whew. I can finally say it out loud; or scream it. Or simply, continue to whisper it…ppst, the Schaffer Replica – an act of love initially, now a serious element of my entire life – has been used by Angus Young across the whole recording sessions for the latest AC/DC album – out on the next 2nd of December 2014 – “Rock Or Bust”.

The whole story is being covered by Guitar Player Magazine chief Editor Michael Molenda, who has interviewed Angus and Cliff yesterday in NYC (Michael was in touch with Ken Schaffer as well).

We will be interviewed as well for our side of the story next week, and the two stories – AC/DC’s new album and our “Schaffer Replica twist” will be mixed together in a main article on Guitar Player Magazine.

You can read of sneak preview of the paper article, due out on the January 2015 Guitar Player Magazine issue (thus out for us next December 2014, usually one month in advance) here


It’s funny, if you stop and  think about the following for a minute: my search for AC/DC (Angus) sound certainly started many, many years ago, but only got its more serious twist when I read that article on Guitar Player Magazine from 1984. It’s funny (strange) that I happen to be covered on the same magazine, exactly 30 years later.




(PS expect loads more of information and stuff from us; we were only working behind for all of this; tons of news and goodies to come in 2015!)

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Angus Schaffer Replica (Guitar Player)

14 Sep The Schaffer Replica at Guitar Player!

Dear Members,

Of course the TSR has been something of a secret… You know, labor of love here on SD. But a lot of things are converging… Our first production run – sold out on the GT and on the pedal – the great unsolicited comments our first users have begun posting here… Then, Fil’s trip to Vancouver to meet with Angus, and the new album – possibly before the end of the year, to celebrate AC/DC’s 4 decades!!

And now the TSR, that started as a “little special something” for our SoloDallas members… is breaking out: we just got the news that “Guitar Player” Magazine has just today published a sneak preview, “The “Secret” of Angus Young’s Classic AC/DC Guitar Sound?” about the TSR. (If you remember, it was a February 1984 “Guitar Player” interview with Angus Young, when asked “Do you use any effects,” he said “I only use a Schaffer-Vega wireless” which brought Fil on the right track on his search for the “Back in Black” tone.) (more…)

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1972 Marshall SuperBass amp, David 2014-08-10 011 (1280x960)

12 Aug FOR SALE: 1972 Marshall Superbass + Cab (superb condition except head not working)

Hey folks,

I’m making this post for one of our new members, Lois, who is trying to sell a 1972 Marshall SuperBass with its cab which belonged to her husband. Serial is: SL/A 5997D
She is pretty new in this vintage gear world, so we will try our best to help her out.
The amp itself is in an amazing condition ( I’ll attach the pictures in a bit ) except that the head is not working. We don’t know what it is. It’s been like this a few years now. Lois told me that her husband intended to try something new, so he was waiting to fix the amp.
From the condition in which the amp is I personally don’t think it is a big deal.
Okay so I keep talking so much about how beautiful this amp is, I’ll throw you guys some pictures now 😆 .
1972 Marshall SuperBass amp, David 2014-08-10 026 (960x1280)

1972 Marshall SuperBass amp, David 2014-08-10 020 (960x1280)

1972 Marshall SuperBass amp, David 2014-08-10 032 (960x1280)

1972 Marshall SuperBass amp, David 2014-08-10 031 (960x1280)

Seriously guys, isn’t this beautiful ?
As you see it is in a SUPERB condition and has been looked after.

Here are a few pictures from the inside of the amp:
1972 Marshall SuperBass innards 2014-08-11 001 (1280x960)

1972 Marshall SuperBass innards 2014-08-11 006 (1280x960)

1972 Marshall SuperBass innards 2014-08-11 005 (1280x960)

1972 Marshall SuperBass innards 2014-08-11 002 (1280x960)

1972 Marshall SuperBass innards 2014-08-11 003 (1280x960)

So Lois is trying to sell this amp. We talked about fixing it, but since she lives in New Mexico, it might be hard to find someone trustworthy. Fixing the amp is in stand by right now. I personally don’t think it is a big deal. I mean look at its condition; it is pretty rare to find such a piece in this condition. Probably tubes, a few little components, fuse etc, but can’t be a 100% sure until it has been checked.

Shipping is another thing. We know these amps+cabs are super heavy and not easy to carry around. Local pickup is best even though it might be hard to sell it since she lives in New Mexico.

The price… What price could she ask for something like this ?
First of all, we know that if this amp was in a working condition it could easily go for 2000$+ ( head and cab of course ), but since we don’t know what’s wrong with it, we can’t really fix a price.
I talked to Lois, André and Franz about it, and we think best would be to let someone make a serious offer.
The cab is working perfectly. The amp is first hand and has never been modded.

Now that I mention mods: Guitarists ! Attention ! A Superbass can be turned into a Superlead pretty easily ! :) You can find tutorials for this on almost every forum ( Metroamp, Marshall… ) and you can bring it back to Superbass specs at any time !

So if any of you folks are around New Mexico and would like to help Lois out or get in touch with her just post on this thread. If you know a trustworthy person who could fix it we would be very grateful.
If you are interested in buying the amp and cab please get in touch here. Lois will be checking the website and replying as good as she can.

Thanks for reading :)



New pictures of the inside of the cab. Needless to say that it is amazing !
1972 Marshall cab- inside 2014-08-18 004 (960x1280)

1972 Marshall cab- inside 2014-08-18 006 (1280x960)

1972 Marshall cab- inside 2014-08-18 007 (960x1280)

1972 Marshall cab- inside 2014-08-18 001 (1280x960)

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18 Jun K.O.T.S. Schaffing it up at Sweden Rock 2014

This article (or to be more precise an e-mail on which this one is based) was originally intended for Fil & Franz only. But since I was asked to write something for the whole solodallas.com community and I accepted – here it is then. To you all (Krokus, anyone?).

The whole story began over 2 years ago. Killing time (Starfighters, anyone?) at work, I was reading one of my favourite music blogs. Author was talking in superlatives about one (for me then) unknown Aussie hard rock band called Kings of the Sun. I have never heard about them, so I checked their (old) website, which also had the KOTS Radio – a web player with all songs from their first 3 albums. I hit play and… was instantly hooked! It didn’t matter which song was on, I was tapping my feet within a few seconds (they passed the so-called “shit test”). No wonder that among the fans of the band are such heavyweights as Gene Simmons, Billy Gibbons, Steven Tyler, Eddie van Halen, Jon Bon Jovi and even O’Keeffe bros (Airbourne) were inspired by them.

Fast forward a few months and I was sitting in a pub in Surfers Paradise on Gold Coast, QLD – having a nice chat with the band’s founder Clifford Hoad and his family. I was in Sydney to see the last three gigs of Heaven’s Twenty Twelve reunion tour after 30 years and took advantage of an opportunity while down under to meet my idols.

Btw. Mark Evans was once a member of Heaven band as a rhythm guitarist (!). And if some of you wondered, yes, I met him – actually he introduced himself to me after Allan Fryer (Heaven’s singer; btw. he almost got a gig in AC/DC after Bon died), who was having a chat with Mark, called me to join them! Talk about a surreal event – same feelings as Fil meeting Angus or anybody else meeting his/her idol.

Did I mention that all these blokes are great guys, too?


Quentin Elliott (lead guitarist) and Clifford Hoad (drummer & singer) unwrapping the yellow box.

But let’s get back to KOTS. At that time of me meeting Cliff, the Kings were disbanded and he had an accident with a broken jack and almost lost his finger (a falling car cut his finger badly). However, since then he managed to recover, resurrected his band and wrote and recorded an amazing new album called “Rock Til Ya Die” which was released last September and heralded as “the best hard rock record coming out of Australia in the last 25 years” and “album of the year 2013.” I strongly recommend it to every Aussie rock fan – check it out and you will hear for yourself (yes, this is a shameless plug)!

Fast forward to 2014 and Kings of the Sun won a voting competition and got a 45-min slot to open the Friday string of gigs at Sweden Rock Festival 2014.

The TSR pedal that was purchased for the band was delivered to Sweden in advance, so it could be used during the rehearsals and guys had some time to get familiar with its features and capabilities.

Below, you can see some photos from the soundcheck.


Quick thumbs up and let’s go for it!


Plugging the Taipan in.


Let’s tune this baby!


Sandals & pedals.


Dialling the rock ‘n’ roll.


Dave tuning his Destroyer.


Talking guitars with Q.


Final setup.

As you can see on the picture, the final setup of the pedals that Q used was a TSR and a custom-made wah-wah pedal (and a tuner). He usually uses more pedals, but as he personally told me, while we had a chance to chat during the soundcheck, he was going to keep it simple for the gig. Rock ‘n’ roll – he should know better as an Australian.

Q’s main axe is a custom-made Taipan loaded with Mick Brierley’s hand-wound PAF pickups. The other one that he plays is also a custom-made Mongrel guitar loaded with the hand-wound B-90 pups (Mick Brierley’s take on a P-90 pickup in humbucker size). Both guitars were made by Ray Carlton. Australian guitars, Australian pickups.

Dave Talon, band’s rhythm guitarist, plays his beloved Ibanez Destroyers and also a Gibson Explorer.

Both plugged their axes into the Festival’s backline of amps. Q into a Marshall JCM2000 (with “too many knobs” as he remarked) and Dave into a JCM900.

The TSR was turned on for the whole gig. I had a chance to hear when Q turned it off and on during the soundcheck and I would describe it as getting from “clean to mean.”

When I later asked Q what his settings were like, his reply was:

“Just a Mal cleanish bite with a touch of gain, then schaffed the rep ON.”

I think he might have invented a new term: “to schaff the replica on.” What do you think Mr. Schaffer?

He also added: “I can’t wait to try it with my other amps.” Those are: Metropoulos 10,000 series, a couple of Sligo amps and a Marshall 2203 if I remember correctly. Talk about tone heaven.

Now, let’s get down to business.


Menu provided by the King of the Sun.

Here is the official video made by the Festival with an opening track of the KOTS show called Rockpile. I must say, that the sound of it doesn’t do a justice to the real thing I was listening to live. It was effin’ awesome and 45 min they got went really quick.

Thankfully, here is also a video of the full show thanks to Shar of the Nitestar band with much better audio quality if you ask me. Enjoy!

If you want to learn more about the Kings of the Sun, I recommend these links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_of_the_Sun_(band) (most complete bio of the band)
http://www.kingsofthesunband.com/ (official page with a whole discography to listen to)
http://www.youtube.com/user/CliffordHoad (official YouTube channel)
http://www.facebook.com/CliffHoad.KINGS.OF.THE.SUN (official Facebook page)

If you are interested in a gear mentioned in this article, check these links:


P.S.: There are more articles in the works and also a new section that should be introduced this summer. Stay tuned!

P.P.S.: Support your favourite bands. Go and see them live, buy their music and merchandise, because that’s the only way they can keep going.

…and remember: “ROCK TIL YA DIE!”


Photo by Ronny Jonsterhaug.

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