How Eddy hacks a guitar.. PopMech

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  1. SamBooka

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  2. jammybastard

    jammybastard "I'm losing my edge, but I was there..."

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    He bought a variac AND a couple of Marshall heads as well.
    Definitely would have been cheaper to buy a pedal.
    Still, we would have never had that classic sound if he did.
    Can you imagine if he would have found a cheap Big Muff, Fuzz Face or Fender Blender?
     
  3. MrX

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    Exactly!
     
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    I'm heading to the newsstand!
     
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    That's cool...what about the 3x3 headstock is unique to him and not, say Gibson or any number of acoustics guitars?
     
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    His story about poking around in a powered Marshall and getting shocked by a filter cap was amazing. He said that shock "like getting punched in the chest by Mike Tyson", was how he learned caps held voltage. The legend of Van Halen came very close to ending at that point, he was a VERY lucky guy. The innards of powered Marshalls are nothing to trifle with.
     
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    I read this the other day!!

    But I'm hearing that some of EVH's stories are exaggerations or made up. It was said that Eddie was always bad at interviews, so back in the day, David Lee Roth taught him to just make up stories to make his interviews more interesting. Either way it's a great read!!!

    Here's an article about a little fabrication about the Variac and his Custom Marshall Amp:
    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/eddie-van-halen-reveals-his-biggest-lie/
     
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    Contrary to popular opinion on TGP and other Internet forums, there's actually a LOT of value in modifying, tweaking, and yes, hacking your own gear. If you know the history of electric guitar and it's legendary players, practically all of them achieved their signature sound through modification, experimentation, and innovation.
    Keep in mind, equipment is usually designed by engineers who are mediocre players at best. A really talented player will soon become frustrated by the performance limitations of that gear. Once your equipment hits the wall, you only have two choices: alter it to do what you need, OR compromise your musical vision and allow yourself to be limited to the stock operational parameters. For guys who want to be great, the latter is never an option.
     
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    wow, he got zapped by some Marshall filter caps :eeks We could have lost him right THERE! :eeks


    :cry:
     
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    I like his shop! carpeted bench.. hmm
     
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    Enjoyed it mostly for the bench shots.
     
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    forget abut this old house, I want to see Eddie tinkering and blowing things up
     
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    EVH has a history of misdirections, half-truths and outright bs when he talks about his gear. I take everything he says with a HUGE grain of salt.
     
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    The honesty (or lack thereof) of Ed's interviews about gear is definitely a fresh subject. Exactly the kind of thing that hat hasn't been trampled to death on here.

    I for one am glad I know where you stand. I hope you expand on this not at all tired line of discussion with concrete examples. And maybe add some stuff on the origin of tapping.
     
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    Wow...didn't mean to piss on your cornflakes this morning. By your standards, this entire thread shouldn't exist as Eddie's gear has had hundreds of threads done on it. Hope you have a better day now that you've gotten that off your chest.
     
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    Cool article!! Thanks for posting.

    But.... do people actually call it Pop Mech?

    I must really be out of the loop. :)
     
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    My feelings 500%!
     
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    More PR machinery workin' on you 50-60 yr old guys (& girls) to shell out a few hundred bucks for the hockey rink tour later this yr. It's the biz, and despite his precarious former lifestyle, he's always been a shrewd and very successful businessman, not "I'm just a musician."
     
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    And here I thought I was going to read a thread on Duane Eddy.
     
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    Not only did I pick up guitar in the early '80s largely because of EVH, but his influence also spilled over into working on my own gear. I learned a tremendous amount by tinkering with and building my own guitars and amps. Just for that I have an extreme amount of gratitude for the guy. Cheers to Ed !!
     
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