Despite its somewhat straightforward “super strat” look, Collen’s Jackson PC1 signature model has two pop-out 9-volt-battery hatches around back. One is for
the active DiMarzio humbucker, and the other powers the Jackson Sustainer/Driver in the neck position.
From that, it goes into a little Crown 150-
watt amp that powers a Marshall 4x12 cab.
So I have a dry cab and a wet cab with a tape
delay, and it sounds so good.
Collen: On the new ManRaze album, I
used exactly what I used on the three Def
Leppard bonus songs. It’s all software based.
I used Native Instruments Guitar Rig 4 from
my laptop, and it sounds killer. Live with
Def Leppard, I’ve been using the same thing
for, like, 15 years—a JMP- 1 rackmount with
an old Randall solid-state power amp from
the ’80s. It’s been really reliable. I’m not really much of an effects guy. In fact, my tech,
Scott Appleton, does all the effects changes
for me. It saves me from jumping around
on the pedalboard. With ManRaze, a lot
of the time I use a Fender Cyber-Twin for
live shows. It sounds great when you put it
through cabinets. It really gets the high gain
and everything, and it has effects built into
it. I just use an overdriven sound for solos
and add a bit of delay. For the most part, it’s
Vivian, what do you like about
Campbell: They really breathe, and when
you hang onto a note, you’re hearing all
these rich overtones and undertones that
you don’t hear in a lot of amps. Basically,
the Scorpion is like a slightly hot-rodded
version of an early JTM45, so it’s got that
Phil, what do you get from ManRaze that
you don’t get from Def Leppard?
Collen: It’s the edge thing and the excitement.
It’s very instant and immediate. Even lyrically, I can go places that I can’t go with Def
Leppard. There’s such a precise sound in Def
Leppard that we can’t really stray too far from
what we’ve done, otherwise the fans kind of
turn off. We can’t go off and do things in left
field, because they wouldn’t appreciate it.
With ManRaze, your guitar has a