21 Oct Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”, Solo Tutorial Pre-Launch “Show”
And with this one, our tutoring session is ready to start again. Prepare to Learn, it’s your turn now!
Now brief details: I tried to recreate as much as possible the original “tone” of these lead guitars. Keep in mind that none of these were played with a Les Paul originally (on the album, nor live) but I wanted to re-use a Les Paul. Original guitars here were a Gibson Explorer Firebird (thanks GoingDownOnTheWay!) and an SG.
I wanted real PAFs (’50s PAFs) for this one, so I went for my 1959 Lentz Conversion.
I used a 2204 (50W Marshall Head, Master Volume, the one on top) that I had bought a month ago and only arrived this morning. Also, Tshirts arrived this morning, so that was a sign for me. Had to do something with all this 😛
Settings for the head: presence 0, bass 0, middle 5, treble 5, master 2, pre amp 8; now it’s on the guitar that I kept volume at 9-ish and TONE at 6, to get that “sqwak” that you hear when picking.
Cabinet here is the bottom one, the 1960B with vintage, 1977 G12Ms. Microphone is a Mojave MA-200, a “copy” of the great Neumann U67.
A “tad” of equalization added, taking away some bass FREQs (still!) and adding a bit of 2k. Microphone positioned as on video, very close, attached to the cone.
homenotePosted at 19:25h, 20 March
As I’m sure you know LS mainly used PVs (Hartly’s a good friend of mine) also, there was a burst used in the studio on sum of the tracks for free bird as well as a 58 GT, according to Allan, Billy and Leon (Also, were good friends of mine RIP)
So, your using that BAD ASS SL conversion is more correct than you might think.
KILLER SET UP U GOT THERE BRO!
aka homenote MLP member
dave realmPosted at 08:36h, 20 April
Wow, how long did it take to master that. Epic.c.c.c.c.c.c.c.
dufrenoyPosted at 23:56h, 28 March
Hello solodallas I am still that a novice (I’m 14years old) but how had made for you to grant the image and the sound?? And with what software??
guitarlord26Posted at 01:01h, 11 November
I have an Epiphone Tribute Les Paul. It came with a pick-guard and looks similar to yours, but the pick-guard is not attached. I don’t know which would look better with or without the pick guard. Heres a pic of one (no pickgaurd)
My pickgaurd is a cream colour.
SoloDallasPosted at 12:42h, 11 November
I always like Les Pauls in their traditional look, with the pickguard on. I keep all mine with it
GMShaheenPosted at 03:48h, 07 November
If I don’t learn this song by the next 6 months I’m going to kill myself (Figuratively, of course)
deni91Posted at 20:57h, 30 October
Unfortunately I’ve formatted some of your old videos from my pc. 🙁
Do you have the “Trying out a 1967 Gibson SG Standard” , “Testing an Angus Young Signature Pickup”, “Messing around with a 195? Les Paul Custom” (the black one with 3 pickups), “Comparing a 1964 VOS Reissue and a 1968(1970) SG Standard” – videos somewhere?
There was more old youtube videos, tutorials, etc, but these was my favourites, just soloing with awesome guitars, I’d love to watch these, but I don’t have these anymore.
Please post these somewhere, if you have these videos!
kentishblokePosted at 16:38h, 27 October
Fil…how do I order a T shirt??
ar2619RobPosted at 17:14h, 27 October
be lucky to get one in your size Timbo! 🙂 May 29th
SoloDallasPosted at 23:35h, 27 October
THIS time you’ll get the damn Tshirt Sir 🙂 Just finding out how to make the purchase online easily (sort of a button). Ciao! Fil 🙂
cwildesPosted at 03:11h, 25 October
Great playing and tone! Also I’m liking the shirt, how much?
solocaliPosted at 00:14h, 25 October
solo dallas it actually looks exactly like the jmp 2204 you have on top Im for sure going to get it Im getting a really good deal to 🙂
solocaliPosted at 00:00h, 25 October
thanks fil its a 2 holer so its the 1977 jmp 2204 for thanks again for all the help
06AngusSgPosted at 09:44h, 24 October
Fil, you’ve outdone yourself yet again!!!! The positioning the quality the sound. I don’t think you can get any better for tutorial videos.
T-Shirt is SWEEEET!!! Are you going to be selling some?
SoloDallasPosted at 09:47h, 24 October
Jon, thanks bro! YES, Tshirts will be for sale soon (matter of days, to make it easier for you all to just click “buy now”, online, and have it delivered).
solocaliPosted at 07:40h, 24 October
hey fil I have just checked and I am not sure if this 1977 jmp has a master volume, do most jmps of this year have master volume? I hope so for gigs but if I have to crank it its ok for my neighbors they love listening to me play im lucky my neighbors love rock oh and 1 more question do you know what amp angus uses now (for black ice album) ? I have learned so much already on amps thanks for answering solo brother haha 🙂
SoloDallasPosted at 09:32h, 24 October
the most important thing was to get a 1977 JMP. Now, whether it does have a master volume or not, you got the CIRCUIT. That was the point. Well done. Now, IF it is a MV (that is, a 2204, since I think yours is a 50watter, or a 1987, if NMV) it’s easily seen: IF your panel says “pre-amp and then volume” it is a 2204. If it says volume I & volume II, it is a 1987. Also, if it’s a two holer, it is a 2204; if it is a 4 holer, it is a 1987. Still the holy grail in both cases! Now if it a 1987, you WILL NEED an attenuator. While I didn’t show my attenuators yet, I have three. I am experimenting with these and results are impressive. Don’t worry. Please POST a picture of the from panel.
SoloDallasPosted at 09:33h, 24 October
PS For black ice I think they went back to earlier Marshalls i.e., old late ’60s JTMs/Super Leads.
anthonyportlockPosted at 14:44h, 25 October
Didnt Malcom Young use aplitube for the recording of Black Ice and Big Jack?
KinglancePosted at 17:15h, 23 October
Thanks for the help Fil! Solodallas helped me with converting and cetera. Now I can let hear two of my ideas. They sound a bit like AC/DC (I hope! :D). http://www.soundclick.com/kinglance is my channel. Please be free to comment here and u may be critical, very critical. They are raw ideas, not played perfectly, but I did my best! Greetings, J-L
Dave4433Posted at 22:52h, 23 October
I must say that those chords sound REALLY AC/DC like.
Though i should also say that I haven’t heard any real movement in the tracks (call me crazy :D), atleast not most of the time.
Great job 🙂 , but try dancing around to what You’re playing
it’ll sound much more rock’n’roll-ish and much more energetic.
(please don’t hate me for the critics, I’m just saying what I think from what I hear)
Good luck and thanks.
KinglancePosted at 02:53h, 24 October
Hey, thanks for the comment! You are totally right! I have always problems with my movements. I’m too static. I played this while sitting down. I have problems moving around when playing. Thanks for the comment!
GoingDownOnTheWayPosted at 16:27h, 23 October
Fil, you are unbelievable.
You deliver so many chills that run down my neck.
Besides Paul Kossoff, BB King, Malcolm and Angus, … you serve as a source of pure inspiration
on more thing:
Are sure that he played on an Explorer (at that point of time)?
I always thought it was his Firebird with a chrome p90 in the bridge position.
Have a nice weekend
SoloDallasPosted at 16:34h, 23 October
Jesus H Chris, you are SO right. It wasn’t an explorer… it was a freaking Firebird. Apologies and THANKS for pointing it out! Will emend what I had written with thanks where due. Fil 🙂
GoingDownOnTheWayPosted at 17:05h, 23 October
You are welcome! 🙂
I’m already curious about you new tutorials. If they are going to be this amazing, even I will be able to ‘learn’ something. I have to thank you! 😉
Dave4433Posted at 22:57h, 23 October
I don’t think that firebirds ever had p-90’s (or did they?)
I think those were mini-humbuckers.
Correct me if I’m wrong, please.