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guitar would sound just as good as 10 guitars, but when you really start to do this seriously, there are subtle differences between
all guitars that may or may not sound better
for the tracks. You really have to have an
arsenal of quite a few to do the job right.
What would be an ideal arsenal?
I would have to say you have to have a
solid body, Strat-type of guitar with single
coil pickups, a single coil Tele-type, a Les
Paul-type solid body with humbuckers, a
thin semi-hollow body sound, like a 345,
and a jazz box, then, of course, steel string
acoustic and a nylon string.
You mentioned putting a pedal on the
floor in front of one of the amps.
Live I use a Boss GT- 6. I use it for time
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delay effects such as reverbs, delays and
chorusing. It sounds great for that and it’s
also great on the floor. For distortion I’ve
been using the AC Booster and the RC
Booster by Xotic Pedals.
The Xotic pedals are fairly new. Can
you tell us some more?
Oh, I love them. Those are the kind of the
boutique pedals that all the guys in town are
using. Scott Henderson told me about them.
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Studio guys like Michael Thompson are using
them. Basically, the RC Booster is a pre-amp
boost that keeps it clear, but gives it a little
oomph. The AC Booster is an overdrive
– basically a really high-end Tube Screamer
with a bass control on it. Everybody loves
Tube Screamers, but it takes the bass away
from it; this is a Tube Screamer that sounds
a lot more transparent and smoother than
normal. You can also roll the bass back in
because it has bass and treble controls.
You mentioned the Kahler Tremolo on
one of your G&L’s. What do you like
The thing I love about the Kahler is its flush
and mounted solidly on the guitar body,
versus another one. I won’t mention any
names, but the initials are Floyd Rose. It is
not really mounted on the body of the guitar