Why couldnt EVH have walked into the recording studio to lay tracks down for the new album, and have his frankenstrat, his legendary superlead head and a 70s mxr script logo phase pedal to play them with ? Ed`s amps are now made by peavey / fender and they sound nothing like his fabled superlead. What ive heard from the new album sounds like the indistinct cheesy chorus tones from 25 yrs ago which go in one ear and out the other, whereas those superlead and mxr tones were majestic and tore your face off. Why couldnt he whip the frankenstrat outta the case and use the old gear, why did he do a clapton , who at the cream reunion bored the crowd by using a strat into a tweed combo when thousands wanted to hear with with a les paul into a bluesbreaker amp.........talk about a disappointment !! Is Ed so wrapped up in contractual obligation that he cant use the equipment that made him a legend ?