cuts through and the clarity is there without
having to be loud.
Channel 3 has four mid controls, too.
What’s that all about?
Morse: The third channel is all about
bringing lines out without making them
louder. In Deep Purple, for example, it’s a
real struggle to get the guitar to come out.
Especially when we’re playing European
shows, because they don’t want us to turn
the guitar up loud—they think it’s offensive
to the European audience. I don’t quite
follow that, but my solution is to try to
change the sound of the guitar when I solo
so that it will come through. It may not be
the ideal sound for rhythm, but by changing the midrange you definitely make it
sound more audible. You can set up channel 3 with this midrange, and then hit a
button and have a different range.
Dave, your rig is pretty simple these days.
LaRue: I took all the crap out of my rack
and got it down to the TC Electronic
G-System. I love that thing. Now I just
have that, with two cables running back
FEATURE > FLYING COLORS
For a taste of the fretboard phenoms that make Flying Colors soar
check out the following clips of Steve Morse and Dave LaRue.
Watch Morse and LaRue tear it up on “Tumeni
Notes,” one of Morse’s signature scorchers.
You Tube search term: “Tumeni Notes” -
Steve Morse 1990 Live
Before Flying Colors, Morse and LaRue blew
audiences away with their jazz fusion-meets-bluegrass band, the Dixie Dregs. This full-length
concert video of the Dixie Dregs from Toad’s
Place offers a stunning display of the duo’s
In this live version of “Cruise Control,”
Morse and LaRue go absolutely bonkers
trading licks shortly after the drum solo
(beginning at approximately 2: 31).
You Tube search term: Cruise Control -
Steve Morse - Dave LaRue – Van Romaine