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?

You have to understand that Billy is like us all here. An avid, age-less, true AC/DC fan. He’s been one since he was a kid, too, so much that he’s also seen the Bon Scott AC/DC three times playing live in the good ole days! I wish I could say the same.

I accepted immediately, and our adventure was set on the spot. A couple of days to organise in a friend of Billy’s studio – that ended up being nothing less than known guitar player and artist Gilby Clarke (ex Guns ‘n’ Roses guitar player, and more) – and it was done.

So I left San Diego, arrived in LA at Red Rum Recording (which is Gilby’s home recording studio and a very nice studio in general terms) and met Billy there. After a while, drummer Al and Bass player Dean came along and we were ready.

Ready to… wing it (“wing it”, I was taught, is a way in English to try and say “try”, “see how it goes”, “improvise trying to make it work” etc. – never had I used that word before but I have much since then!).

We were going to basically improvise a version of music only (no vocals) of our favourite band. And we did! A few takes of each of a few songs (will tell you more later), directly recording from the first take, both video and audio.

Audio setup was swift and quick, thanks to the fact that Gilby always keeps his recording room ready to shoot for his own clients and bands. We literally walked in with our guitars and I had both my Angus Model and Replica Schaffer Pedal and he had his Gretsch Malcolm signature.

All the other equipment was Gilby’s, who was generous enough to let us use it for free (all of this was for free!). Impressive, most impressive. I even walked into Gilby’s control room later on, only to be flattened by his platinum-albums hanging on the wall… I had never seen a platinum album other than in picture!

The gear we found there was two Marshall amps and two reissue 4×12 cabinets loaded with Celestion vintage 30s. The amps were Billy’s JCM800 (he used it for Malcolm’s parts, though in a very clean setting naturally) and I was lent Gilby’s own Marshall 2204 head, a vintage one just like mine.

Since the purpose was to “plug ‘n’ go” and “see if our combined gear will really cut it through a live band” we were happy to just use what we found there. We really want our stuff to work with what’s out there. We aren’t an AC/DC cover band… or not yet 😆

In a mere 4 hours we cut some tracks (not telling you how many yet), audio and video recorded them, mixed them and more.

SO much fun for me that it’s hard to describe… imagine me. I have played live for many years, but playing AC/DC is what I like the most in life.

The Schaffer Replica was ON the whole time. On, engaged and firing. I can say that everyone pretty much loved it…

Here to you.


Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri

We Are Rock 'N Roll People.

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    Posted at 02:39h, 03 October

    DAMN that sounded good! Awesome stuff Fil!

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    Posted at 09:04h, 12 September

    GOING TO GET MY MARSHALL ’79 2203 THIS SATURDAY!!!! W00T!!!! ADD IT TO MY COLLECTION WITH MY MARSHALL 1959SLP (Plexi 100W Reissue)!!!!! Now all I need is that pedal and my tone will be godly. Just need to get my playing to godly.

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      Posted at 11:06h, 12 September

      Congrats! 🙂 whish i had real gear

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      Posted at 19:17h, 12 September

      also a 2203 from 79 ? 😀
      You’ll love it, great amp, playing it every day. Now I’m looking for a 1959 Superlead from the 70’s, just can’t find one 😆

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        Posted at 08:17h, 15 September

        Picked up the JMP ’79 2203 today. Dear God. I love the thing. It is definitely what I need to take me up that step that the 1959SLP didn’t have. It just has more umph behind it rather than clarity and ear piercing. Both amps are monsters of their own but the 2203 is where it’s at.

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          Posted at 12:34h, 15 September

          I’m playing my 2203 ( almost ) every day. It’s got so much balls and that raw, and it actually is a lot different than a 1959. Both monsters as you described them 😉

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          Posted at 18:39h, 15 September

          congrats, I’m happy for you! saving up from all the gigging you guys are doing now? 🙂

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            Posted at 03:07h, 16 September

            got that right. Worth every penny.

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    Posted at 02:20h, 24 August

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE someone find someone that can sing like Bon. Imagine the group then!! Fil can go on a world tour and I would be at the front row!!!! Awesome stuff Fil.

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    Posted at 03:03h, 20 August

    Glorious production,playing and TONE!!!

    Love it Fil!!

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    Posted at 01:33h, 11 August

    This tone is just freaking awesome *___*!

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      Posted at 10:13h, 11 August

      Wait some more dude, in about 1 month +/- we’ll all have it 🙂

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    Posted at 12:22h, 10 August

    “wing it” riiiiight…did anyone here one bad note in there?
    Wish I could “wing it” like that 🙂

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    Posted at 00:24h, 09 August

    Great stuff as always Fil.

    Ive been following you on this intriguiing journey for a long time now and have a question,if i may?

    I am intending to buy this replcia for use with a Strat thru a clean Fender amp.As much as i love the AC/DC sound my intentions are to use it as a clean boost and compressor/expander to beef up the Strat a tad.

    Have you tried it with a strat and,if so,what are your impressions of it?

    Many thanks Fil ;.)

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    Posted at 05:40h, 08 August

    Love to the tone and playing! Well done!

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    Posted at 07:28h, 07 August

    Wow Fil that was fantastic simply amazing!! 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear what other songs you also tackled. What a great opportunity thanks for sharing.

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    Posted at 22:19h, 06 August

    F**ckin’ great Fil!!

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    Posted at 20:56h, 06 August

    Shit hot man!! And it always a blast to see a performer really get into it!!
    Looking forward to see the rest of the session:)

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    Posted at 19:15h, 06 August

    Thank you guys 🙂

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      Posted at 20:57h, 06 August

      No Fil No! Thank YOU!

      You know at that period of time with the band you would of been the best ACDC cover band on the face of the earth!! no one to match!

      This site has become more than just a comunnity its a family, i have made so much progress as a player and would probably have given up playing if it wasnt for this site for this i am forever greatful…

      Your Humble padawan!

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        Posted at 23:06h, 06 August

        Well said, Ant! I probably wouldn’t be playing now, either.

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        Posted at 07:36h, 07 August

        Totally agree too Ant this site is like a family all of whom have a great taste in music 🙂

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    Posted at 11:21h, 06 August

    Wing it Fil is a term me and Jay use all the time and we wing our covers a lot! 🙂 i think of the term as “just go for it an see how it goes”

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    Posted at 10:33h, 06 August

    Very nice – it’s great to hear how the pedal sounds in a band. Great cover!

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    Posted at 10:28h, 06 August

    i just sh*t my pants…

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    Don Travolta
    Posted at 08:24h, 06 August


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